In your Google Search results, SafeSearch can help you manage explicit content at work, with children, or for yourself. Explicit results include content like:
- Nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material
- Violence and gore
Important: SafeSearch only works on Google Search results. It won’t affect explicit content you find on other search engines or websites you can go to directly.
Change SafeSearch settingsGo to SafeSearch settings
If you have your own Google Account, you can manage SafeSearch for your personal account or browser.
- On your computer, go to your SafeSearch settings.
- Select Filter, Blur, or Off.
- At the top right, if you find a Lock , your SafeSearch setting is locked.
- Tip: The settings page provides info about who manages your SafeSearch setting. Learn more about why your SafeSearch setting is locked.
Tip: To manage your SafeSearch setting, at the top right of Google Search results, click your profile picture or initial.
Learn how SafeSearch works
On Google Search, SafeSearch can detect explicit content like adult content and graphic violence.
- To block any detected explicit content, select Filter.
- This is the default setting when Google’s systems indicate that you may be under 18.
- To blur explicit images, select Blur. This is the default setting if "Filter" doesn’t apply.
- This setting helps blur explicit images, but explicit text and links can show if they're relevant for your search.
- If SafeSearch is "Off," you’ll find relevant results for your search, even if they’re explicit.
If you can’t change your SafeSearch setting, it’s because it’s controlled by your account, device, or network administrator. For example:
- For child and student accounts, parents and schools can lock SafeSearch in "Filter."
- Public Wi-Fi networks, like at an airport or library, can also lock SafeSearch in "Filter."
- Parental controls on your operating system and antivirus software may override your individual SafeSearch setting.
Learn who can change your SafeSearch setting
- If you manage your own Google Account, you can manage your SafeSearch setting.
- If your parent helps manage your account in the Family Link app, your parent can manage your SafeSearch setting.
- If you’re signed in to a Google Workspace for Education account and are under 18 or are associated with a K-12 institution, your administrator can manage your SafeSearch setting.
- Administrators of your device or network can lock the SafeSearch in "Filter."
Manage SafeSearch settings for othersChange your child’s SafeSearch setting in the Family Link app
The SafeSearch is set to "Filter" by default for children who are signed in to an account managed with Family Link and those who are under 13, or the applicable age in your country or region. For these accounts, only parents can change the SafeSearch setting. Learn how to Manage Search on your child's Google Account.
If you want to guarantee SafeSearch results on another device that you manage, like your PC or MacBook, you can map Google domains to forcesafesearch.google.com. Learn how to Lock SafeSearch for accounts, devices, and networks you manage.
Fix issues with SafeSearch
If SafeSearch doesn't work, learn how to fix issues with SafeSearch.
Report explicit content
If you have SafeSearch filtering on and you find explicit content, you can report the content.