How to Turn On or Off Google SafeSearch on iPhone or iPad

Linda Williams | July 28, 2023

Imagine this: You hand your iPhone to your child to search for an inspirational science experiment on Google. Suddenly, her face registers unease as she unintentionally stumbles upon an explicit image or video. At this point, a tool like Google SafeSearch becomes crucial. 

Google Safe Search

SafeSearch is a helpful tool to filter out explicit content in Google Search results, making digital spaces safer and more user-friendly, especially for young internet users. This article will walk you through the steps to turn SafeSearch ‘on’ or ‘off’ on iPhones or iPads using the Google app and a mobile browser.

How to On or Off SafeSearch on iPhone or iPad Using the Google App:

Google Safe Search - Turn On & Off

Google has made it convenient to access and modify SafeSearch settings on the Google app on your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Open the Google App.

  2. Click on your profile picture and go to 'Settings.'

  3. Go to 'General.'

  4. Find SafeSearch filters and opt for 'Filter,' 'Blur,' or 'Off' per your requirements.

The 'Filter' option is a solid parental control tool filtering explicit content. The 'Blur' option blurs results, while the 'Off' option does not filter results. 

Locking the SafeSearch setting ensures your filter remains intact. Clearing your cached data, updating your Google app, or contacting support can resolve most issues with the SafeSearch function.

How to On or Off SafeSearch on iPhone or iPad Using a Mobile Browser:

You can adjust SafeSearch settings using a mobile browser like Safari or Chrome.

  1. Open your browser and visit ''

  2. Tap on 'Settings' then go to 'Search settings.'

  3. Like the app, select 'Filter,' 'Blur,' and 'Off' under the SafeSearch filters. Again, locking SafeSearch will ensure that the set preference remains despite other users' attempts to modify it. Try clearing your browsing history, refreshing the page, or switching to another browser for trouble-free SafeSearch use in browsers.


Google SafeSearch is a useful tool to filter out explicit content on Google and protect your children from harmful influences. However, some tech-savvy kids may find ways to bypass the SafeSearch feature and access inappropriate content on Google. That’s why you need a reliable parental control solution like Mobicip.

Mobicip is a smart parental control app that lets you limit screen time, filter the internet, monitor social media, and track location on iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, Chromebook & Kindle devices. With Mobicip, you can ensure a safer and healthier digital environment for your family. Try Mobicip today and see the difference for yourself!

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