There’s a website for all niches and interests, but that doesn’t mean content is safe to find, especially if you share your devices with kids. Unless you want to give them unlimited access to search results, you’ll need a filter instead. Google will block explicit content by default thanks to Google’s SafeSearch system.
SafeSearch filters content that you consider unsafe for children. It’s not infallible, but it helps provide children and young adults with a safer way to search the Internet. If you want to know how to turn off SafeSearch, you’ll need to turn it off in the Google search settings on your device.
Disable Google SafeSearch on PC or Mac
If you use Google search in your PC or Mac web browser, it’s a simple process to turn off SafeSearch filtering. This will provide you with the full search results for your queries, including explicit results.
These steps will work for any desktop platform, assuming you use a web browser to perform Google search queries. This includes Windows, Linux and Mac devices.
- To disable Google SafeSearch on your browser, open it in your browser Google website and then do a search using any query. Once the search results appear, select the file Configuration option below the search bar.
- From the drop-down menu, select Search settings option.
- A la Search settings Be sure to uncheck the menu Enable SafeSearch check box. This will disable the SafeSearch filter.
- Once you’ve unchecked the SafeSearch option, scroll down and select Desa to save the settings.
SafeSearch filtering is turned off immediately, but to check, do a search query that is likely to generate explicit results. If results are missing, SafeSearch remains active.
However, you should keep in mind that SafeSearch is not foolproof and that from time to time explicit results may appear in the results. To be completely sure that SafeSearch is off, you can check it by doing any queries and looking at the top right of the search results.
Google tags filtered the results pages with a SafeSearch is enabled Tag. If you see it in the list, you’ll need to follow the steps above to turn it off.
Disable Google SafeSearch on mobile browsers
The Google search experience on mobile devices is slightly different from PC or Mac users, with the search interface and results tailored to mobile screens. You can turn off SafeSearch for mobile search results, but the method you use to turn it off depends on how you search.
If you use Google search with your mobile browser, you must follow these steps. This will work for users of Android, iPhone and iPad devices. However, for users of the Google Search app, you may need to follow the steps below to disable SafeSearch.
- To get started, open your device’s mobile browser and go to the Google website. Use the search engine to make any search queries and load a search results page. Once uploaded, select the file burger menu icon at the top left.
- From the menu, select Configuration option.
- A la Search settings , select the menu Show explicit results radio button to turn off the Google SafeSearch filter. This can only disable web browser filtering; you’ll need to follow the steps in the following sections to verify that you’ve successfully disabled the filter in the Google Search app. If you decide to re-enable SafeSearch, select Hide explicit results option instead.
- Once you’ve turned off Google SafeSearch, scroll down and select Desa to save the settings.
You can check that you’ve turned off SafeSearch on your mobile by doing a Google search that is likely to generate explicit results. If these results appear, SafeSearch is off and search results are not censored.
Disable Google SafeSearch on the Google search appliance on Android
The above method disables Google SafeSearch on mobile browsers, and depending on whether or not you’re signed in, it can also be applied to Google search results viewed using the Google app.
However, if you prefer to use the Google app on your Android device, you can turn off SafeSearch directly. This will also work for users who are not signed in to Google in their browser and who want to disable filtering in the mobile app.
- Android users can start by opening the Google app on their Android device. To begin, select the file Month button at the bottom left.
- From the Google app menu, select Configuration option.
- A la Configuration , select the menu General option.
- To turn off SafeSearch, tap the button Search safe slider. The slider will turn gray when you turn off SafeSearch.
The settings you change in the Google app settings menu will be saved automatically. If you want to check that SafeSearch is off, tap back and use Google’s main search bar to make a query that’s likely to generate explicit results.
If the results are explicit and uncensored, Google SafeSearch is off, allowing you to perform unrestricted searches.
Disable Google SafeSearch on the Google search app for iPhone and iPad
Android device owners can use the above steps to disable SafeSearch in the Google app, but for iPhone and iPad users, the steps are slightly different.
- To get started, open the Google app on your iPhone or iPad. To access the settings menu, tap your profile icon at the top left.
- From the pop-up menu, select Configuration option.
- A la Configuration , select the menu General option.
- A la General , select the menu Search settings option.
- Google search settings will appear in the popup menu. Tap the button Show explicit results option to disable the SafeSearch filter or Hide explicit results to enable it. Faucet Desa to confirm your new settings.
Once changed, return to the Google search appliance and use the search bar to make an explicit query. If the results contain explicit results, SafeSearch is off and will provide you with a complete, unrestricted list of results for your queries.
Stay safe online
If you want improve your online security, it’s probably best to leave Google SafeSearch turned on. If you decide to turn off SafeSearch, you should be sure to take other precautions to keep younger search engines safe, with apps to monitor online activity and features to block mobile devices.
However, online searches are not always the best way for children to use the Internet. If you are worried, you can switch to one search engine focused on privacy to limit online tracking and (hopefully) reduce explicit results.