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 visit directly.
If you have your own Google Account, you can manage SafeSearch for your personal account or browser.
- On your computer, go to your SafeSearch setting.
- Select Filter, Blur, or Off.
- At the top right, if you find a Lock , 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.
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
- If you manage your own Google Account, you can manage your SafeSearch setting.
- If a parent helps to 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
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.
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 filtering turned on and you find explicit content, you can report the content.