How to Turn SafeSearch Off

Manage safe search settings for Google, Yahoo, or Bing on your PC or phone

SafeSearch acts as a basic filter that removes explicit content from search engine results. Although it's suitable for parental control, it's not 100 percent perfect. The major search engines (Google, Yahoo, and Bing) allow you to turn off SafeSearch to access all the results from a completed search.

How to Turn SafeSearch Off on a Computer

While the steps may vary, depending on the search engine you use, these steps are not browser dependent. You may use the browser of your preference and follow these same steps to either disable or enable SafeSearch.

The setting is browser dependent. For example, if you disable Google SafeSearch in Google Chrome, you must also disable it in Microsoft Edge.

How to Turn Google SafeSearch Off

Google makes disabling SafeSearch simple from its preferences screen. The option is at the top of the page.

  1. Open the Google Search settings.

  2. Clear the Turn on SafeSearch check box.

    The "Turn on SafeSearch" option in Google preferences
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Save.

    Save button in Google preferences
  4. Perform a Google search to see if SafeSearch is disabled. To revert these changes, select Turn on SafeSearch in the Google Search settings.

How to Turn Bing SafeSearch Off

The Bing SafeSearch controls display prominently in its menu. You can select the option from it and choose the level of SafeSearch you want to be applied.

  1. Open Bing.

  2. Select the Menu icon.

    The menu heading in Bing
  3. Select SafeSearch.

    SafeSearch in Bing's More menu
  4. Select Off.

    Safe Search Off
  5. Scroll down and select Save.

    Save Bing settings

    Do a Bing search to verify the results.

  6. To revert these changes, follow the same steps, but choose either Strict or Moderate, then select Save.

How to Turn Yahoo! SafeSearch Off

The Yahoo SafeSearch settings are buried in its settings screen, but that doesn't mean these settings hard to get to. Go through the main menu to the settings, and you'll find the settings quickly.

  1. Open Yahoo and perform a search.

    Performing a Yahoo search
  2. Select the Menu icon.

    Yahoo menu icon
  3. Select Settings.

    Yahoo Settings
  4. Select the SafeSearch drop-down menu, then select Off - do not filter results.

    Yahoo Search Preferences
  5. Select Save.

    The Save button
  6. Do a Yahoo search.

  7. To revert these changes, follow the same steps but choose either Strict or Moderate, then select Save.

How to Turn SafeSearch Off on Android

To disable safe search on Android, the steps vary a bit, especially for Google.

How to Turn Google SafeSearch Off

The Google SafeSearch settings on Android are hidden. From the Google app, you can find SafeSearch under the privacy settings.

  1. Open the Google app.

  2. Tap More.

  3. Tap Settings.

    More and Settings in the Google app for Android
  4. Select General.

  5. Turn off the SafeSearch filter toggle to disable this setting.

    SafeSearch in General settings
  6. Do a Google search on your Android device.

  7. Repeat these steps to turn SafeSearch back on, but tap the SafeSearch filter toggle again to enable it.

How to Turn Bing SafeSearch Off on Mobile

In Bing, tap the Menu icon in the upper-right corner. Tap SafeSearch, tap Off, and then tap Save.

These steps also apply to Bing search on iOS.

Turning off SafeSearch in Bing mobile

How to Turn Yahoo! SafeSearch Off

You can access the required settings from the bottom of the Yahoo search page.

  1. Open a browser and go to Yahoo Search.

  2. Tap Settings at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Tap the SafeSearch drop-down menu.

  4. Tap Off - do not filter results, then tap Save.

    Turning off Yahoo safe search on Android/iPhone
  5. Do a Yahoo search on your Android device.

  6. To revert these changes, follow the same steps, but choose either Strict or Moderate.

How to Turn Off Safe Search on iOS

To disable safe search on an iOS device, open Google Search Settings. Under the SafeSearch filters options, tap Show explicit results. Scroll down and select Save.

Turning off SafeSearch in Google for iOS