Google Safe Search

Controls & Settings guide

Safe Search can help you block inappropriate or explicit images from your Google Search results. The Safe Search filter isn’t 100% accurate, but it helps you avoid most violent and adult content.

What do I need?

A Google Account (Email address and Password)

Restrictions you can apply

icon Inappropriate content

Step by Step instructions


Safe Search can be easily turned on for a single use, but for it to stay on you will need to lock Safe Search.

While on your browser go to and click the ‘Settings’ tab and click on ‘Search Settings’.


Find the “SafeSearch Filters” section and check the ‘Filter explicit results’ box, then click on ‘Lock SafeSearch’.


When prompted, sign in to your Google Account. If you haven’t got an account click the “Create an Account” button.


Finally, to confirm, click the “Lock SafeSearch” button. You will need to do this on each browser that you use or if you have multiple Google Accounts.

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