How to Turn Safe Search On or Off on Android Phone or Tablet


Google’s Safe Search feature is intended to block explicit results from being returned in Google search. This is great for ensuring that inappropriate content isn’t presented to kids or anyone else using your device. You should be aware that Google’s safe search feature only blocks explicit results from being presented in Google search results, and it won’t block explicit content from being returned in other search engines used on your Android device.

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Steps to Turn Safe Search On or Off on Android Phone or Tablet

  1. Launch the Google Chrome app on your Android phone or tablet. You’ll land on your Google Chrome home screen.
  2. Tap your profile picture at the top of the screen. A menu opens.
  3. Tap “Settings.” The Settings screen is displayed.

  1. Tap “Hide Explicit Results” in this menu. The Hide Explicit Results screen is shown.

  1. Tap to toggle SafeSearch on. A message letting you know that SafeSearch is enabled is shown briefly at the bottom of the screen. You can navigate back to this screen at any time to turn the SafeSearch feature off on your Android device.

5 Reasons to Use Google Chrome SafeSearch on Android

1. Shielding From Inappropriate Content

One of the foremost reasons to activate Safe Search on your Android device is to block explicit content. This includes images, videos, and websites that are not suitable for all ages. Parents find this particularly useful when managing what their children can access online. It serves as a first line of defense against accidental exposure to adult content. Additionally, it helps in maintaining a clean and safe browsing environment at schools or public places where kids might use shared devices.

2. Improving Search Relevance

Activating Safe Search can significantly improve the relevance of search results. By filtering out explicit content, the feature ensures that search outcomes are more appropriate and useful for professional and educational environments. This is especially beneficial when you’re conducting research or presentations in a workspace. It helps keep searches focused on the topic at hand, without the distraction of irrelevant or inappropriate results. For anyone using their Android device for work or study, this can enhance productivity and ensure professionalism.

3. Reducing Cyber Risks

Enabling Safe Search can also play a crucial role in cybersecurity on Android devices. Explicit websites often carry higher risks of malware, spyware, and other malicious software. By blocking access to these potentially harmful sites, Safe Search acts as a barrier against cyber threats. This protection is vital for personal devices where sensitive information is stored. It adds an extra layer of security that complements traditional antivirus or anti-malware software.

4. Creating a Family-Friendly Device

For families sharing a single device, Safe Search is indispensable. It ensures that all family members, regardless of age, can use the device without encountering inappropriate content. This makes the Android device safe for everyone—from young children to adults. Parents can have peace of mind knowing that their kids can browse the internet, play games, or use apps safely. This feature is particularly valuable in maintaining harmony and safety in shared device scenarios.

5. Compliance with Organizational Policies

In many organizations, maintaining a clean digital environment is part of the IT policy. Enabling Safe Search on Android devices used within corporate or educational settings helps comply with these policies. It prevents the accidental or intentional browsing of inappropriate content, which could lead to disciplinary actions or even legal issues. This is critical for maintaining professional conduct and adhering to organizational standards of internet use.

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