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How to Disable SafeSearch on Google (Quickly Turn On and Off)

Bangkok, Thailand - October 14, 2015 Man Using Laptop Browsing Google Website

How to Disable SafeSearch on Google (Quickly Turn On and Off)

Key Points

  • SafeSearch is a setting developed by Google to manage the display of explicit content.
  • You can easily disable SafeSearch on Google by clicking on the SafeSearch button and selecting ‘Off’.
  • Disabling SafeSearch allows all explicit results to be displayed without any filters.
  • There are alternative methods to disable SafeSearch, such as accessing the SafeSearch control panel or visiting google.com/safesearch.

SafeSearch is one of Google’s settings developed to help you manage how (and if) explicit content is displayed. By default, SafeSearch is blurred. This option applies a filter to all explicit images, but you can click on them to remove the filter. But what if you want to disable SafeSearch and see all explicit results without filters?

Google gives you an option to manage this setting. You can change your SafeSearch preferences both on a computer browser and on the mobile. Let’s see how to disable SafeSearch on Google, how to return to the default setting, and how to remove all explicit content in a few easy steps.

How to Disable SafeSearch on Google on PC

Disabling Google’s SafeSearch from your web browser is very easy. The steps below explain how to disable this option in Chrome, but the process is the same for all other browsers, as long as you’re using Google’s search engine.

Open up Google and run your search.

If Google is set as your default search engine, open your browser, type in your query, and press enter on your keyboard. If you use another default search engine, open your browser and go to Google.com. Type in your query and press enter on the keyboard.

Step 2: Click on SafeSearch

Click on SafeSearch at the top of the page.

Once you’ve run your search, Google displays a SafeSearch button on the top right-hand corner of the browser. If you are logged into your Google account, you might also see a panel on the right side of the screen that tells you what your current SafeSearch mode is. This panel includes a link you can click on to manage your SafeSearch settings.

Step 3: Disable SafeSearch

Choose Off to disable SafeSearch.

The easiest way to disable SafeSearch is from the top button. Click on it to open a drop-down menu, then click on Off. Once this option is selected, Google will start displaying all the results without any filter, even if they are explicit. If, instead of disabling, you want to remove all explicit results from the search, select Filter instead.

How to Disable SafeSearch on Google on Mobile

Disabling SafeSearch on mobile is equally easy. The steps below show you how to disable this mode from the Chrome mobile browser, but the process is similar in other browsers.

Step 1: Run Your Search

Run your search and tap on the three lines on top of the screen.

To disable SafeSearch on mobile, you must run your search like you would on a computer. Google might display a panel with your SafeSearch mode if you’re logged into your Google account, but you can disable this mode even if you’re not logged in. Once the results are loaded, tap on the three lines at the top left-hand corner of the screen.

Step 2: Go to SafeSearch

Tap on SafeSearch.

In the drop-down menu, locate SafeSearch and tap on it. This will open up a new page where you can disable it.

Step 3: Disable SafeSearch

Choose Off to disable SafeSearch

In the SafeSearch panel, select Off to disable this mode and view all relevant results, even if they are explicit. To return to your search, tap the arrow at the top left-hand corner of the screen.

Alternative Ways to Disable SafeSearch on Google

While the methods above are the simplest to disable SafeSearch on a web or mobile browser, they are not your only option.

If you’re logged into your Google account and search for something that could have explicit results, Google might display your SafeSearch panel alongside the results. This panel shows you whether SafeSearch is enabled or not, and it contains a link that will open up the SafeSearch control panel. Click on the link, and on the new page, select Off to disable SafeSearch.

Click on the link to open the SafeSearch management panel.

If Google doesn’t display this panel, or if you want to disable SafeSearch before searching for anything, open your browser and go to google.com/safesearch. This will open up your SafeSearch management page, and you can disable the mode.

You can also open the management panel from Google.com/safesearch.

How to Enable SafeSearch on Google

To enable SafeSearch on Google after you have disabled it, open the SafeSearch control panel (you can use your preferred method) and choose either Filter or Blur. Filter is typically used for parental control or to avoid triggers. This option removes all explicit content (images, text, and links) from your search results. If you don’t want to remove the explicit results but want to choose whether to see them, choose Blur. This option applies a filter to all explicit images, but explicit text and links are shown.

Wrap-Up

SafeSearch is an option on Google that allows you to decide how and what type of explicit content you want your search results to include. When disabled, the search engine doesn’t filter out any explicit content. When enabled, it filters out all explicit content. A third option allows you to blur explicit images, but the results will still display explicit text and links.

To disable SafeSearch on Google, click on the button at the top of the page and choose Off. You can do the same on mobile, regardless of the web browser you’re using.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why won't my SafeSearch filter turn off?

You might be unable to turn off SafeSearch if the option has been locked by your account, device, or network administrator.

How do I turn off SafeSearch on my Mac?

You can follow the steps above to turn off SafeSearch both on Windows and Mac computers. The method is the same.

Why has SafeSearch suddenly turned on?

Google usually turns on SafeSearch automatically for users who are under 18 years old. SafeSearch might also be turned on (and unable to turn off) on computers that are controlled by an account, device, or network administrator.

Why is Google blocking my searches?

Google might block your searches if its suspects you are under 18 years of age or if it suspects malicious intent.

How do parents turn off SafeSearch?

If you are a parent, you can manage your kids’ SafeSearch settings from the Family Link app or g.co/YourFamily. Add or select your child, go to Controls content restrictions and choose Off to disable SafeSearch for your child. You can also enable SafeSearch in the same way.

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