Filter explicit results using SafeSearch

Whether you use Google Search at work, with children, or for yourself, SafeSearch can help you filter explicit content from your results.

How SafeSearch works

When SafeSearch is on: It helps filter out explicit content in Google's search results for all your queries across images, videos, and websites. While SafeSearch isn’t 100% accurate, it’s designed to help block explicit results from your Google search results. Explicit results include sexually explicit content like pornography, violence, and gore. Learn more about Google Search’s content policies.

When SafeSearch is off: We'll provide the most relevant results for your search which may include explicit content when you search for it.

Learn more about Search and your child’s Google Account with the Family Link app and how to filter explicit results on your school, workplace, or home network.

You can also turn on SafeSearch for personal accounts or browsers with the steps below.

Tip: SafeSearch only works on Google’s search results. It won’t prevent users on your network from finding explicit content through other search engines or by navigating directly to explicit sites.

Turn SafeSearch on or off

Google app
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google app .
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Settings and then Hide explicit results.
  3. Turn Explicit results filter on or off.
Mobile browser
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, go to SafeSearch settings.
  2. Turn Explicit results filter on or off.
  3. At the top right, tap Back Back.
Android TV
  1. From the Android TV home screen, scroll down and select Settings.
  2. Under "Preferences," select Search and then SafeSearch filter.
  3. Select On or Off.

Tip: If you can’t change your SafeSearch settings, the setting might be locked. Learn about why your SafeSearch setting might be locked.

Change your child’s SafeSearch settings in the Family Link app

The SafeSearch setting is on by default for signed-in users under 13 (or applicable age in your country) managed with Family Link. Only parents can turn the SafeSearch setting off. Learn more about Search and your child’s Google Account with the Family Link app.

Lock SafeSearch settings for devices & networks you manage

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 keep SafeSearch turned on for devices you manage.

Fix issues with SafeSearch

If SafeSearch isn't working, learn how to fix issues with SafeSearch.

Report explicit content

If you have SafeSearch turned on and you find explicit content, you can report the content.

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