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. Explicit results include sexually explicit content like pornography, violence, and gore. Learn more about Google Search’s content policies.

Important: SafeSearch only works on Google search results. It won’t block explicit content you find on other search engines or websites that you go to directly.

Turn SafeSearch on or off

If you manage your own Google Account, you can turn on SafeSearch for your personal account or browser.

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.
    • To turn off SafeSearch, turn off Explicit results filter.
    • To turn on SafeSearch, turn on Explicit results filter.
    • If you find a Lock  at the top right, your SafeSearch setting is locked. The settings page provides info about who manages your SafeSearch setting. Learn more about why your SafeSearch setting is locked.
Mobile browser
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, go to SafeSearch settings.
  2. Turn Explicit results filter on or off.
    • To turn off SafeSearch, turn off Explicit results filter.
    • To turn on SafeSearch, turn on Explicit results filter.
    • If you find a Lock  at the top right, your SafeSearch setting is locked. The settings page provides info about who manages your SafeSearch setting. Learn more about why your SafeSearch setting is locked.
  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.

How SafeSearch works

When SafeSearch is on: While SafeSearch isn’t 100% accurate, it helps filter out explicit content in Google search results for all your queries across images, videos, and websites.

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

Who can change your SafeSearch settings

Manage SafeSearch settings for others

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

SafeSearch is turned on by default for children under 13 (or applicable age in your country) signed in to an account managed with Family Link. For these accounts, only parents can turn off SafeSearch. 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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