How to lock SafeSearch (Google) forever on your computer

Safe Search in Google Search is a feature which filters site containing pornography, explicit adult content, profanity, and other types of hate content in your Google search results. Its an excellent feature if you want to keep your children away from visiting explicit sites from search. In this post, we will share how you can lock SafeSearch (Google) forever on your computer.

How to lock safe search (Google) forever on your computer

This feature is entirely dependent on the user and can be changed anytime. He or she can choose between Moderate and Strict to bring restriction on images and web search as well. To locate Lock SafeSearch follow the steps:

  1. Open Google.com on your browser.
  2. Click on Settings which is available at the bottom left, and then click on Search settings.
  3. It will open the preferences page.
  4. Look for the link which says Lock SafeSearch, and click to open it.
  5. The page would say “Locking SafeSearch sets SafeSearch to use strict filtering. Strict SafeSearch filters both explicit text and explicit images from your search results.”
  6. Click on it, and you should see the progress which will say similar to –38%  Locking SafeSearch across all Google domains.

You may get a message at the end

SafeSearch was successfully unlocked on this domain, but we were not able to successfully unlock SafeSearch across all Google domains. For other Google domains that you use, you can unlock SafeSearch from that domain’s search settings page.

On unlocked domains, you and others are now able to choose an alternative SafeSearch preference for searches from this browser. You will no longer see coloured balls on your search page.

It happens when you are multiple Google accounts in the same Chrome session but with a different domain.

Lock SafeSearch is important

When you have kids at home or anybody who is using your computer for adult content or anything brings an explicit picture, it becomes essential that you need to lock them out.

Google Search Settings under Safe Search Filtering has an exclusive option which allows you to Lock Safe Search, making it permanent for that Browser and that computer. Remember both are important, so when you lock it, you might have to lock it for all browsers. Locking Safe search requires you to use your Google account.

Lock SafeSearch for Multiple Users

If you have a separate account for your kid, you will have to log in with your Google account and lock it and then let him use. If you are using Windows 10, you can also set login time for users, and Windows XP users also have an option.

Once you click on the Lock Safe Search link, you are taken to another page which gives you details of Safe Search and then you can lock. A progress screen comes through, and you are done.

Lock SafeSearch Google

Remember, after this safe search is locked for this browser and this computer, but if I use a different browser, I still can override safe search. So make sure you do it for all the browsers.

How to know Safe Search is Locked?

Try searching on Google, and when the search result appears, you can see the colourful balls on the corner with a message

Lock SafeSearch Google

How to unlock Safe Search?

Unlocking safe search again requires your Google account, but with verification, i.e., you need to input your password again. Once you do that, the safe search is removed from the computer and that browser.

Safe Search Unlock

Hope the steps were easy to follow, and you were able to lock SafeSearch on your computer. However, there is a considerable drawback reported by some of the users. Clearing the browser cache removes Lock SafeSearch on Google. You will have to go through the settings again.


About Ashish Mohta

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4 comments

  1. SafeSearch can’t be locked permanently. When you clear your internet cache and cookies (ctrl+shft+del) it kills everything. Then you have to re-add it.

    • Exactly Dave, and this to me is a big issue because it really is not hard to find that option. The first thing someone wants to do when they are done looking for inappropriate material is try to remove all traces of them ever doing such, in other words, they quickly find that they can delete the history, which they will find removes the SafeSearch lock.

      There needs to be a way to block access to clearing internet cache, cookies and history.

  2. Completely unacceptable Google, who decided this? Clearing the browser cache removes the safe search setting. I am really disappointed that you could not get this right. And also these days you can get porn in your images search. You are clearly going downhill with every new hire you do.

  3. Google chrome is seriously slacking and going downhill with their product. They don’t even have a contact email where I can ask a question. The number that I called hung up on me twice and I was very calm. Google chrome safe search does NOT lock. Once you exit out of the browser, the safe search is gone. And it does NOT lock on multiple computers even if it’s the same log in/user. It’s pathetic.

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