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Filter or blur explicit results with SafeSearch

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

Learn more about Google Search’s content policies.

Important: SafeSearch only works on Google Search results. It won’t affect explicit content you find on other search engines or websites you visit directly.

Manage SafeSearch 

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

  1. On your computer, go to your SafeSearch setting.
  2. Select Filter, Blur, or Off.

Tip: To manage your SafeSearch setting, at the top right of Google Search results, click Quick Settings .

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 the above doesn’t apply. This setting helps blur explicit images, but explicit text and links may show if they are 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.

Who can change your SafeSearch setting

Manage SafeSearch settings for others

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

For children who are under 13 (or applicable age in your country or region) and are signed in to an account managed with Family Link, SafeSearch is set to "Filter" by default. For these accounts, only parents can change the SafeSearch setting. Learn more about Search and your child’s Google Account with the Family Link app.

Lock SafeSearch setting 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 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 filtering turned on and you find explicit content, you can report the content.

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