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When SafeSearch is enabled, your search engines block what they consider to be mature content in your search results. In case you’d like to include those results in your searches, you will have to turn off SafeSearch first. Here’s how.

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How to Turn Off SafeSearch on Google

To disable SafeSearch on Google on your desktop, simply open Google Search and go to Settings > Search Settings > SafeSearch Filters. There you can uncheck “Turn on SafeSearch.”

Deactivate the "Turn On SafeSearch" option

For more detailed instructions on this process, as well as how to do it on mobile devices, check out our dedicated guide. It lists and illustrates each step you need to follow to enable mature content results in your searches.

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How to Turn Off SafeSearch on Bing

If you use Bing as your search engine, it’s easy to disable SafeSearch on this engine on both desktop and mobile.

Disable Bing SafeSearch on Desktop

On your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook desktop computer, open a web browser and launch the Bing site. In Bing’s top-right corner, click the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines).

Click the three horizontal lines in Bing's top-right corner.

In the menu that opens, click “SafeSearch.”

Select "SafeSearch" from the Bing menu.

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You will see a “Search” page. Here, in the “SafeSearch” section, enable the “Off” option. This disables SafeSearch on Bing for you.

In case you do not want to disable SafeSearch completely, but you’d rather change its effect, use either “Moderate” or “Strict” options for SafeSearch.

Select "Off" for "SafeSearch."

To save your changes, in the menu that pops up from the bottom of your screen, click “Save.”

Click "Save" in the prompt.

Disable Bing SafeSearch on Mobile

On your Android, iPhone, or iPad, launch a web browser and open the Bing site. In the site’s top-right corner, tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines).

Tap the three horizontal lines in Bing's top-right corner.

From the menu that opens, select “SafeSearch.”

Choose "SafeSearch" from the Bing menu.

On the “Search” page, in the “SafeSearch” section, activate the “Off” option. This removes SafeSearch’s filtering.

Select "Off" for "SafeSearch" on Bing.

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Save your changes by tapping “Save” in the menu that opens.

Tap "Save" in the prompt.

Confirm that you are at least 18 years old by tapping “Agree” in the prompt that opens.

Tap "Agree" in the prompt.

That’s all.

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How to Turn Off SafeSearch on Yahoo

Unlike other search engines, on Yahoo, you have to first perform a search to then disable SafeSearch.

Disable Yahoo SafeSearch on Desktop

On your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, open a web browser and access the Yahoo site. On the site, click the search box, type any query, and press Enter.

Type a query in the search box and press Enter on Yahoo.

On the search results page, in the top-right corner, click “Yahoo Sites” (a square made of nine dots).

Click the "Yahoo Sites" menu.

At the bottom of the “Yahoo Sites” menu, click “Settings.”

Select "Settings" from the "Yahoo Sites" menu.

You will see a “Search Preferences” page. Here, next to “SafeSearch,” click the drop-down menu.

Click the "SafeSearch" drop-down menu.

Choose “Off” in the drop-down menu to disable SafeSearch.

Select "Off" in the "SafeSearch" drop-down menu.

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Save your changes by scrolling down the page, and at the bottom, clicking “Save.”

Click "Save" on the "Search Preferences" page.

Enjoy more results in your Yahoo searches going forward.

Disable Yahoo SafeSearch on Mobile

On an iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone, open a web browser and launch the Yahoo site. At the top of the site, tap the search box and type a query. Then press Enter.

Enter a query and press Enter on Yahoo.

Scroll the search results page to the bottom. There, tap “Settings.”

Tap "Settings" at the bottom of Yahoo search results.

Yahoo will open a “Search Preferences” page. On this page, in the “SafeSearch” section, tap the drop-down menu.

Tap the "SafeSearch" drop-down menu.

Select “Off” from the menu.

Tap "Off" in the "SafeSearch" drop-down menu.

Scroll the “Search Preferences” page to the bottom, and there, tap “Save.”

Tap "Save" on the "Search Preferences" page.

You will see a prompt that says you must agree to Yahoo’s terms to disable SafeSearch. If you agree, tap “I Accept.”

Tap "I Accept" in the prompt.

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Yahoo will take you back to your search results with SafeSearch disabled. You’re all set.

How to Turn Off SafeSearch on DuckDuckGo

Like other search engines, DuckDuckGo also comes with the SafeSearch filter. You can disable this filter fairly easily from the settings page.

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Disable DuckDuckGo SafeSearch o Desktop

On your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, open your preferred web browser and access the DuckDuckGo site. In the site’s top-right corner, click the three horizontal lines.

Click the three horizontal lines in DuckDuckGo's top-right corner.

In the “Settings” menu that opens, at the top, click “All Settings.”

Select "All Settings" in the "Settings" menu.

On the “All Settings” page, at the top, click the “General” tab.

Click the "General" tab on the "All Settings" page.

Scroll down the “General” tab to the “Safe Search” section. Here, click the drop-down menu and choose “Off.”

Select "Off" from the "Safe Search" drop-down menu.

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Scroll your page all the way down, and at the bottom, select “Save and Exit.”

Select "Save and Exit."

SafeSearch is now turned off on DuckDuckGo.

Disable DuckDuckGo SafeSearch on Mobile

On your handheld device, open a web browser and launch the DuckDuckGo site. In the site’s top-left corner, tap the three horizontal lines.

Tap the three horizontal lines in DuckDuckGo's top-left corner.

In the menu that opens, tap “All Settings.”

Tap "All Settings" in the menu.

At the top of the “All Settings” page, tap the “General” tab.

Tap the "General" tab on the "All Settings" page.

In the “General” tab, scroll down to the “Safe Search” option. Here, tap the drop-down menu and select “Off.”

Select "Off" from the "Safe Search" drop-down menu.

Save your changes by scrolling the page to the bottom and tapping “Save and Exit” there.

Tap "Save and Exit" at the bottom of the page.

That’s all.

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And that’s how you ensure you get all kinds of search results on your favorite search engine!


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