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About Yahoo SafeSearch

With Yahoo SafeSearch, you can block inappropriate, and adult-oriented content from your Yahoo Search results. While SafeSearch won't catch everything, most adult content won't show up in your search results.

Access SafeSearch settings

You can quickly access SafeSearch settings on your desktop and mobile devices.

Desktop or laptop

  1. Sign in to Yahoo.
  2. In the search box, enter a search and click Search.
  3. From the search results, mouse over the Settings icon Settings icon.
  4. Click Preferences.

Mobile device

  1. Go to https://search.yahoo.com/.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap Sign in.

Change or lock SafeSearch

You can change the filter strength of SafeSearch, and lock in your choice for each browser on your computer or mobile device.

Change SafeSearch strength

  1. Select an option from the SafeSearch dropdown menu:
    • Strict - no adult content
    • Moderate - no images or video
    • Off - do not filter results
  2. When you're done choosing, click or tap Save.

Unable to turn off SafeSearch?

  • You may be signed in to a Yahoo Account that's registered as an under-18 account.
  • You may need to contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for further details.

Set a SafeSearch Lock

You can lock the SafeSearch setting for each browser on your computer or mobile device. Once you've locked SafeSearch for a browser, it's locked in that browser on the computer or mobile device you were using, for users who have:

  • Not signed in to a Yahoo account.
  • Signed in to an account that's under 18.

Lock SafeSearch

  1. Access SafeSearch settings using the steps above.
  2. Select an option from the SafeSearch dropdown menu.
  3. Click or tap Lock.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Sign out of your Yahoo account.

Learn more about protecting children online.

Unlock SafeSearch

The lock can be disabled from a Yahoo account that is registered as over 18. An extra verification step must be passed to confirm that the user disabling the lock is over 18 years of age.

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