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How to Turn Off Safe Search on Computer and Mobile?

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Annie Brooks

Updated: Oct 26, 2022 11:08 am

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Every search engine has a special feature Safe Search to ensure that you don't see explicit sites or content in your search result. However, if you like to add this content in your search result you will have to turn off the safe search on your search engine. If you don't know how to turn off safe search on computer and mobile read the below guide.

Today we will show you different ways to turn off safe search on Google chrome, Bing, Yahoo, iOS, and Android. We will also discuss how you can turn on a web shield and remove explicit results from your kid's mobile phone when they turn off the safe search.

So let's get started!

Part 1: What is Safe Search?

Safe search is a Google search engine feature that is specifically built to remove or filter sexually explicit, inappropriate and offensive content, sites, and images form your search result. When you turn on the safe search feature on your search engine, you put a barrier against all the inappropriate or offensive content on the internet. As a result, such content does not show in your search result.

Parents, teachers, schools and libraries use safe search to make the internet a safe place for kids and prevent them from accessing the content that is not made for them. It is an effective way to give kids freedom on the internet by keeping the pornographic and violent content out of their reach.

Part 2: How to Turn Off Safe Search on Google?

Turning off safe search on Google is quite easy and straightforward. You can do it by going into the settings of chrome. Here is how to do it.

Step 1. Open Google chrome and type on the search bar.

Step 2. Click on the Settings at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Step 3. In the drop down menu select Search Settings.

Step 4. Now uncheck the box against Safe search and you will turn off the safe search on the chrome.

Part 3: How to Turn Off Safe Search on Bing?

Bing allows you to control the search directly in the settings. You can select from moderate to strict and turn off the safe search completely. Here is how to do:

Step 1. Open the browser on your mobile phone and go to Bing.

Step 2. Click on the three lines at the top right corner of the screen.

Step 3. Here you will see the option Safe Search in the drop down menu.

Step 4. Click on Safe Search. Here you will see three options: Strict, Moderate, and Off.

Step 5. Tap on Off and click Save at the bottom of the screen. Now safe search has been turned off on your Bing search engine.

Part 4: How to Turn Off Safe Search on Yahoo?

Step 1. To turn off the safe search on Yahoo search engine, open Yahoo on your browser.

Step 2. Now type any keyword in the search bar and click on the search icon

Step 3. Once the result shows on the screen click on the six dots box at the top right corner of the screen.

Step 4. Now you will see the Safe search option. Click on it and choose "off" to completely turn off the safe search.

Step 5. Click Save to save the settings.

You can also choose between moderate and strict safe search depending on your needs and desires.

Part 5: How to Turn Off Safe Search on Android?

The Google safe search settings on Android are hidden under the settings. You can find it by clicking on the profile icon.

Step 1. On your Android phone open Google and click on the profile icon at the top right corner of the screen or on the More option at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Step 2. Scroll down and click on Settings.

Step 3. Next tap on General.

Step 4. Again scroll down and find the Safe search option.

Step 5. Toggle to turn it off. Now safe search has been turned off completely. Repeat the same procedure to turn it on.

Part 6: How to Turn Off Safe Search on iOS?

Step 1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google app.

Step 2. Now click on the profile icon at the top right corner of the screen or initial.

Step 3. Go to settings and scroll down to find Hide explicit result.

Step 4. Toggle Hide explicit result to turn off the safe search. You can use the same procedure to turn it on.

However, if you see a lock on explicit results and can't toggle it off, this means your safe search settings are locked.

Part 7: What to do If Your Kid Turns Off Safe Search Secretly?

Google safe search filters all the results on our search engine and prevents the kids from accessing the explicit content. However, kids don't like the restricted version of search engines where they don't have freedom to access the unsuitable content. That's why they turn off the safe search on their search engine. In that case parents need to step in and keep a watch on their browsing activities and protect them from the dangerous impacts of explicit content.

Use KidsGuard - Web Filter

KidsGuard has made it easy for parents to monitor their child browsing history and block all the unsuitable websites from their search result and create a safe and healthy search environment. With this app you can track all of their browser activities and app usage and block all the inappropriate social and game apps as well as restrict the usages of compulsive apps.

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That's not all, apart from blocking inappropriate sites and apps, it also tracks and monitors all other mobile activities, calls, messages and other text files on your kids mobile phone. As a result, you can have full control over your child's online activities and know what is going on in their life. Most importantly, kids cannot unbind the app themselves without your permission.

How to Use KidsGuard to Filter Web Browsers?

Step 1. Get your suitable plan in order to enjoy KidsGuard premium features.

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Step 2. Search for KidsGuard on Google Play or App store, download and install KidsGuard on parents' phone.

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Step 3. Create a KidsGuard account and login it.

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Step 4. Install KidsGuard Jr (app on kid side) on your child's phone, and pair with your phone.

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KidsGuard Jr is available for Android devices temporarily so far. iOS version is coming.

Step 5. Start to filter the websites to protect kids online.

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What Can KidsGuard Do?

App blocker & Web filter

KidsGuard block and filter all the inappropriate apps and content in the search result of your target device and block it immediately. So even if your child has turned off the safe search they would not be able to access the explicit content online.

Track real-time location

This app remotely tracks the real-time location of your target device, which means you can get real-time updates about your child's whereabouts and get alert if they are in danger.


With this feature you can mark certain areas on the Google map and the app will alert you when your target device enters or leaves that area.

Monitor browser history

Apart from blocking the inappropriate websites, KidsGuard also provides the complete details of all the search keywords and websites your kid has visited on the mobile. From here you can get the idea what kind of content your kid is looking for online.

Monitor social media apps and other mobile activities

KidsGuard also monitors all the social media apps, calls, text, and other activities on your target mobile phone. You can get the activity report and see everything on your child's phone.

FAQs about Safe Search

Q1. Why can't I turn off Safe Search?

There are various reasons why you can't turn off the safe search. Either the safe search is locked on the device where you are trying to turn it off. Or maybe it is due to the connected network. There are chances that the network owner has restricted the suite that you're trying to access.

Q2. Why does SafeSearch keep turning on?

There are two reasons why your safe search keeps turning. Either it is because the network provider has restricted the access to some sites or your cookies have been disables. Open your browser and enable the cookies in the settings.

Q3. How do I remove SafeSearch from Chrome?

You can't completely remove the safe search option from chrome. You can only turn it off from the settings. Open chrome and turn it off using the above mentioned steps.

Q4. Where do I find Google search settings?

Open Google chrome on your device and search in the search bar. Now scroll down and click on the settings. Here you will find the option Search settings. Click on it to change your search settings.

Q5. How does Google SafeSearch work?

When you turn on the safe search on your search engine it filters the sexually explicit videos, images and websites from your search results. Although safe search is not 100% accurate, still it fliter most of the inappropriate content from your search result.


Now you have a clear idea about what is safe search, how to turn off safe search on various search engines, and how to filter websites on your kid's phone though them turning off the feature with KidsGuard. For a parent, creating a friendly and healthy online environment for kids is always their cares, which gives them a peace of mind. KidsGuard always stands by your side.

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By Annie Brooks

An experienced writer and blogger, very passionate about writing and curious about latest tech trends.

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