Search settings aren't sticking
You may run into a few common issues when trying to save search settings such as Google Instant, SafeSearch, and location preferences. There are a number of easy ways to fix this issue.
Quick fix: sign in to save your settings
You can avoid most settings issues when you sign in to your Google account and save your search settings. Learn more about the benefits of signing in to save your search settings.
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If you prefer to not be signed in when searching, here are some potential reasons why settings might not stick:
- Cookies aren't enabled on your browser. If cookies are disabled on your browser, you'll see an alert box on the search settings page indicating that your cookies seem to be disabled. Learn how to enable cookies.
- You, or specific settings on your computer, frequently clear your browser's cookies. For example: Private browsing modes (like incognito mode on Google Chrome) generally clear cookies upon exit. Firewall, proxy, or anti-virus programs are often configured to delete cookies on a regular basis.
- You use multiple browsers and computers. When you're not signed in, clicking the Save button on the search settings page saves search settings to the computer and browser you're currently using. Try saving search settings on all the computers and browsers that you use.
- Another person adjusted your settings. If you share a computer with friends, family members, or co-workers, one of them may have adjusted search settings on your computer.
Known issues with SafeSearch settings
If you're specifically having issues saving your SafeSearch settings, here are some potential reasons why:
- Internet filtering software, such as programs designed to restrict access to adult sites, may be responsible for overriding your SafeSearch preferences.
- Your internet service provider (ISP) or network administrator can override your SafeSearch setting. If you find that your setting is not reflected in the search results you see, please contact your ISP or network administrator for more information.
- The SafeSearch lock is enabled on your browser.
When all else fails
Clear your browser's cache and cookies if you've checked all the possible issue causes listed in this article. Keep in mind that clearing cache and cookies removes your settings for all websites, but also ensures that corrupted browser files are deleted. After removing cache and cookies, reset your preferences on the search settings page. Learn how to clear cache and cookies