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.
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.
If you use Bing as your search engine, it’s easy to disable SafeSearch on this engine on both desktop and mobile.
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).
In the menu that opens, click “SafeSearch.”
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.
To save your changes, in the menu that pops up from the bottom of your screen, click “Save.”
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).
From the menu that opens, select “SafeSearch.”
On the “Search” page, in the “SafeSearch” section, activate the “Off” option. This removes SafeSearch’s filtering.
Save your changes by tapping “Save” in the menu that opens.
Confirm that you are at least 18 years old by tapping “Agree” in the prompt that opens.
Unlike other search engines, on Yahoo, you have to first perform a search to then disable SafeSearch.
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.
On the search results page, in the top-right corner, click “Yahoo Sites” (a square made of nine dots).
At the bottom of the “Yahoo Sites” menu, click “Settings.”
You will see a “Search Preferences” page. Here, next to “SafeSearch,” click the drop-down menu.
Choose “Off” in the drop-down menu to disable SafeSearch.
Save your changes by scrolling down the page, and at the bottom, clicking “Save.”
Enjoy more results in your Yahoo searches going forward.
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.
Scroll the search results page to the bottom. There, tap “Settings.”
Yahoo will open a “Search Preferences” page. On this page, in the “SafeSearch” section, tap the drop-down menu.
Select “Off” from the menu.
Scroll the “Search Preferences” page to the bottom, and there, tap “Save.”
You will see a prompt that says you must agree to Yahoo’s terms to disable SafeSearch. If you agree, tap “I Accept.”
Yahoo will take you back to your search results with SafeSearch disabled. You’re all set.
Like other search engines, DuckDuckGo also comes with the SafeSearch filter. You can disable this filter fairly easily from the settings page.
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.
In the “Settings” menu that opens, at the top, click “All Settings.”
On the “All Settings” page, at the top, click the “General” tab.
Scroll down the “General” tab to the “Safe Search” section. Here, click the drop-down menu and choose “Off.”
Scroll your page all the way down, and at the bottom, select “Save and Exit.”
SafeSearch is now turned off on DuckDuckGo.
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.
In the menu that opens, tap “All Settings.”
At the top of the “All Settings” page, tap the “General” tab.
In the “General” tab, scroll down to the “Safe Search” option. Here, tap the drop-down menu and select “Off.”
Save your changes by scrolling the page to the bottom and tapping “Save and Exit” there.
And that’s how you ensure you get all kinds of search results on your favorite search engine!
If you are a Twitter user, you might want to unblock potentially sensitive content on the popular microblogging site, too. It’s easy to do that.