Majority of Google search users have no idea that they can change search settings which includes language preferences, Location preferences, Google Instant and SafeSearch Filtering apart from few other settings. We will talk about SafeSearch Filtering in this post which blocks web pages containing explicit sexual content from appearing in search results.

By default safesearch is ON but it can be turned off. But if you have a Gmail account, then you can lock the safesearch option and it will apply to anyone who is using that system or browser and other users of the computer can’t change it.

Follow these steps to lock SafeSearch:

Visit the Search settings page.

Click Lock SafeSearch below the filter levels.

If you’re not signed in to your Google Account, you’ll be prompted to sign in. (Don’t have a Google Account? You can create one.)Once you’re signed in, click Lock SafeSearch.

This step takes a moment, because strict filtering is being applied to all Google domains.

You’ll see a confirmation page once the lock is engaged.

When the SafeSearch lock is on, the top of the each search results page shows ‘SafeSearch is locked’  and few colored balls appear on the right.

Unlocking SafeSearch

Return to the Search settings page and click unlock. (You’ll need to sign in to the Google Account that was used to lock SafeSearch.)