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Yahoo SafeSearch

The Yahoo SafeSearch feature is designed to filter out explicit, inappropriate and adult-oriented content from Yahoo Search results. Here's how to change your SafeSearch settings.

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. On the search results page that displays, mouse over the Settings icon Settings icon.
  4. Click Preferences.

Mobile device

  1. Sign in to Yahoo.
  2. Enter a search term.
  3. Tap Search.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and tap Settings.

Change SafeSearch settings

  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.

SafeSearch Lock

SafeSearch lock can be activated when you're signed in to your Yahoo Account. To disable it, you'll need to be signed in, and pass an extra verification step confirming that you're over 18 years of age.

  • SafeSearch lock works when you're signed out, or if you're an underaged user who is signed in.
  • Learn more about protecting children online.

We'll use information gathered from our technology partners to block a large amount of explicit material. However, we cannot guarantee that all explicit content will be removed.

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