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How to turn Safe Search on or off on Google

Practice Safe Searching when necessary.
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December 16, 2022

Safe Search is one of the options Google gives you to hide explicit content. Built into the search engine, Safe Search is a function you can toggle on or off within search settings. Let’s go over how to turn Safe Search on or off on Google.

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THE SHORT ANSWER

To turn Safe Search off on Google, launch the Google app. Tap your profile picture in the top right, then select Settings > Hide explicit results > SafeSearch. The slider here will allow you to toggle the function on or off.


KEY SECTIONS

How to turn Safe Search on or off on Google (desktop)

In your desktop browser, go to Google.com and click Settings.

visit google website and click on the settings button in the bottom right corner
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From the subsequent pop-up, click Search settings.

from the subsequent menu select search settings
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At the top of Search Settings, you will see a checkbox next to Turn on SafeSearch. If it’s empty, click it to enable the function; if it has a checkmark, click it to turn it off.

turn safesearch on or off within site settings
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Scroll down and click Save.

scroll all the way down to the bottom and tap save
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How to turn Safe Search on or off on Google (mobile)

  1. Open the Google app on your device.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the top right.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Within Settings, tap Hide explicit results.
  5. Within Hide explicit results, tap the SafeSearch slider to toggle the function on or off.