Fix issues with SafeSearch

If you’re having issues with SafeSearch, try the steps below to help fix the issue.

My SafeSearch setting keeps turning on

Your SafeSearch setting might be set and locked by your account, device, or network administrator.

Tip: If your SafeSearch setting isn’t locked, sign in to your Google Account when you search on Google to apply your saved SafeSearch settings.

Check if your SafeSearch setting is locked
You can check if your SafeSearch setting is locked on at If your setting is locked, you’ll find a Lock at the top right and more info about how your setting is managed below.
Reasons why your SafeSearch setting might be locked

Here are a few possible reasons why you might not be able to change your SafeSearch settings:

  • SafeSearch might be locked by the device or network that you’re on.
    • For example, SafeSearch can be built-in to public Wi-Fi networks, operating system family protection settings, or antivirus software. In these cases, those settings might override your individual SafeSearch setting.
    • Contact your Internet service provider (ISP) or network administrator for more info.
  • SafeSearch might be set by your parent or guardian.
    • For example, if your account or device is managed with Family Link, they might set preferences for your account in Google Family Link.
    • Ask your parent or guardian about your account settings.
  • SafeSearch might be set by your school or organization.
    • For example, if you have a Google Workspace for Education account, your school administrator sets SafeSearch settings.
    • Contact your school or organization administrator for more info.
  • SafeSearch might be set by safety settings applied to your browser.
    • For example, these can use URL parameters, like safe=active, to force a setting on or off.
    • Check your address bar, browser settings, and extensions.

I get inappropriate content when SafeSearch is turned on

The SafeSearch setting filters explicit results, like pornography, to prevent them from appearing in your search results. While no filter is 100% accurate, turning this setting on helps you avoid explicit content when you search.

Tip: Administrators of your device or network can lock SafeSearch to always stay on.

If you have SafeSearch turned on, but still get explicit sites or images, let us know.

Report a site Report an image

If you’re searching on and find an image you want to report:


  1. On the image results page, click the image you want to report.
  2. At the top right of the image, click More More and then Report this result.

Phone or tablet

  1. On the image results page, tap the image you want to report.
  2. At the top right, tap More More and then Report this result.

My SafeSearch setting keeps turning off

If you allow cookies, SafeSearch should stay the way you set it. If you delete your cookies and you’re not signed in to your Google Account, your SafeSearch setting could get reset.

Tip: To save and apply your SafeSearch preferences across devices and browsing sessions, sign in to your Google Account.

SafeSearch is filtering my content

If you're a content creator or website owner, you can let us know of any issues with the way SafeSearch is filtering your site.

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