How To Turn Off Safe Search On iPhone‍

by David Valdez
How To Turn Off Safe Search On iPhone‍

I wouldn’t say that the iPhone is a safe device, but it is safer than most Android smartphones. That’s because the iPhone has built-in parental controls to keep kids from stumbling onto inappropriate content. This feature is called “Safe Search”, and it prevents users from seeing results for certain search terms in Apple search engines. Otherwise, your child may be exposed to adult or adult-related content unintentionally by searching for something like “Justin Bieber Haircut” or “First Graders Caught Making Out In The Locker Room.” In fact, if you are an adult and want to see these things on your phone, you can disable Safe Search so that you can see those search results again! However, if you are a kid who doesn’t need to explore such things on your phone yet, here’s how to turn off Safe Search on your iPhone.

How To Turn Off Safe Search On iPhone

Turn Off Safe Search in iOS 12 and Later

In iOS 12, Apple has moved the Safe Search controls from “Safari” to “General.” After you open “General,” you should tap “Restrictions” and then tap “Safe Search” at the top of the screen. You can turn off this feature by tapping the “Off” button. You can turn it back on by tapping “On.”

Turn Off Safe Search in iOS 11 and Earlier

If your iPhone is running an earlier version of the operating system, you should open “Settings” and select “General.” Then, tap the “Restrictions” tab at the top of the screen and select “Safe Search” from the menu that appears. You can turn off the safe search by tapping the “Off” button and turn it back on by tapping “On.”

Turn off “Safe Website” filtering in Safari

If you want to turn off the safe website filtering in Safari, you can do so from “Settings.” However, you will need to be at least 17 years of age to turn off this feature. If you are not yet of legal age to make this change, you can ask your parent or guardian to do it for you. After you have opened “Settings,” tap “General” and then tap “Restrictions” at the top of the screen. Next, tap “Allow Suggested Sites” and then tap the “Off” button. This will turn off safe website filtering and allow you to see adult and adult-related websites.

Turn Off The “Ask Before Sending” Feature for Messages

If you turn off the “Ask Before Sending” feature for messages, the iPhone will not ask you if you want to send images or links to websites with adult content. You can do this from “Settings” and by selecting “Messages” from the menu on the left side of the screen. After you select this option, you should tap “I’m Not Allowed” and then tap “On” to turn off this feature.

Why Is iPhone Safe Search On By Default?

  1. iOS is a great operating system and the default safe search filter is a good one.
  2. If you have never used this feature before, it will take some time for your brain to adjust and get used to seeing all the different adult content that is available on the Internet.
  3. It will take some time for your brain to learn how to filter out the adult content that you see when you surf the Web on your iPhone.
  4. Your parents may be using their iPhone and not know how to turn off the safe search filter on their phone if they are using an earlier version of iOS or if they don’t know that they can do this from within the “Settings” app in iOS 11 or earlier versions of iOS.
  5. But by default, safe search is turned on so that kids can’t find adult content even when they are looking up something related to sex or sexuality (elements of which are everywhere) like local stores, restaurants, etc).
  6. This is not a bad thing because kids should not be looking at porn online in any case (especially not from their parents’ phones). It’s just a different way we think about technology and what it can do for us as adults vs as children or teenagers (if we want our kids to use the technology we must teach them about it).
  7. If you don’t want your children to see adult content on the iPhone, then you need to teach them how to turn off safe search.
  8. If you want them to see adult content on the iPhone, then they need to know how to turn off safe search.
  9. This is just part of the journey of parenting and technology that we all have to take with our kids (and ourselves).
  10. You can always teach your kids about sexuality and sex in general when they are ready for it by using “safe search” filter or not by default as an option for parents who are concerned about Their Children Seeing Adult Content (Or Not) On Their Iphones.

Disadvantages Of Safe Search:

  1. Safe search is not perfect and can be easily bypassed.
  2. Safe search is not perfect and can be easily bypassed when used with adult content (and the phrase “safe search” is used).
  3. Safe search does not protect children from seeing sexual material on the iPhone even when they are looking up something related to sex or sexuality (elements of which are everywhere) like local stores, restaurants, etc).
  4. Safe search does not protect children from seeing sexual material on the iPhone even when they are looking up something related to sex or sexuality (elements of which are everywhere) like local stores, restaurants, etc).
  5. You can only turn it off within the “Settings” app in iOS 11 or earlier versions of iOS.
  6. You have to teach your kids how to turn off safe search if you don’t want them to see adult content on their iPhones even if you do have an earlier version of iOS installed on your phone (which you probably do).
  7. The default safe search filter does not protect users from adult content that is available outside the United States (this is a different problem that has nothing to do with safe search though it also could be solved by turning off the safe search by default for everyone in all countries where Internet access isn’t censored).
  8. Safe search does not protect children from seeing sexual material on the iPhone even when they are looking up something related to sex or sexuality (elements of which are everywhere) like local stores, restaurants, etc).
  9. Safe search does not protect children from seeing sexual material on the iPhone even when they are looking up something related to sex or sexuality (elements of which are everywhere) like local stores, restaurants, etc).
  10. Safe search can be bypassed by using a program called “Appleseed”.

Conclusion

While the iPhone is generally a safer device than an Android, it is still important to keep an eye on what your kids are doing with their devices and to make sure they stay safe online. You can use the parental controls built into iOS to help you with this by turning off safe search. This will prevent your child from accidentally seeing adult content, and it will keep them safer online overall. If you want to keep your kids safe while letting them use their phones freely, make sure they know how to turn off safe search.

FAQs:

Q: What if my kid finds an app that bypasses safe search?

A: Apple has a section of their website dedicated to their “App Store Review Guidelines” which contains a list of apps that are considered dangerous or inappropriate. If your child is looking for an app that bypasses safe search, it should be automatically flagged and removed from the store by Apple. The only way your child could download an app like this would be if they found it on their own, so you shouldn’t have to worry about them finding one on their own.

Q: Why is there no way to turn off safe search in iOS 11 or earlier versions of iOS?

A: In iOS 11 and earlier versions of iOS, turning off safe search will disable the filter entirely and mean that all types of content will be allowed on your phone. This is not recommended because you may want to enable the filter for some categories (like social media or news) but leave it off for others (like adult content). If you want to keep your kids safer while giving them full access to all content on your phone, make sure they know how to turn off the safe search by default in Settings. For more information about how this works, see my blog post on how safe search works.

Q: I have an iPhone 7, is there a way to turn off the safe search?

A: Yes, if you want to keep your kids safe while letting them use their phones freely, make sure they know how to turn off the safe search by default in Settings. For more information about how this works, see my blog post on how safe search works.

Q: Is it possible for an app to bypass the filter?

A: No, an app cannot bypass the filter. Apps that bypass the filter are removed from the App Store and users are notified of the fact via email.

Q: How can I find out if my child has downloaded an app that bypasses safe search?

A: You can look at your child’s device settings and see what apps are installed on their phone. If your child has downloaded an app that bypasses safe search, you’ll see a notification under Settings > Notifications > Parental Controls > Allow Full Access. This notification will tell you that your child has downloaded the app and provide instructions on how to remove it from their device.

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