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Protect a Chromebook device with Safe Surfer

It’s easy with Safe Surfer to block harmful online content on a Chromebook. On your first protection installation, it will take around 20 minutes for the full installation, or 30 minutes for the entire guide.

Step 1: Install protection

If the Google account signed in to this device is tied to a school domain, the following steps might not be available. No problem—we can still get this device to pick up from your home router at least some protection, including the blocking of adult and pornographic content. You can find out more by clicking this link.

Click the Google Chrome app.

Visit the Safe Surfer dashboard and log in to your account. Click the Devices menu on the left-hand sidebar. Click the “+ New Device” button.

Click “This device”.

Click Chrome.

Enter a name for this Chromebook, then click the Accept button.

Click the Copy Link button, then click the Done button.

Click the Blocking menu on the left-hand sidebar. Click the blue bubble list, then click the device listing for this Chromebook.

Click the switches to either block or unblock categories—grey means not blocked, and red means blocked. Once you’re done, click the Save button at the upper-right corner. You might need to scroll to the top of the list for the Save button to appear.

At the upper-right corner of the dashboard’s title bar, click the three dot icon. Click the Log Out button. You can now close out of the Google Chrome app.

Click the Launcher button on the left side of the app shelf. Click the Settings app.

On the left-hand sidebar, click the Security and Privacy menu. Under “Use secure DNS”, click the button found next to “With (Custom)”. Long hold the text box with the touch screen and tap Paste (or click the text box and press the Ctrl + V keys to paste).

Click outside the text box. If an error shows up, check the instructions accompanying the screenshots below.

If the text box shows an error asking you to verify that this is a valid provider, click the textbox.

Click outside the textbox again on some white space.

Great work! Protection is now installed for this Chromebook, but there are still a couple more things we need to do. First, you might like to disable the Guest browsing feature. You can do this in Security and Privacy > Manage other people > turn off “Enable Guest browsing”.

Step 2: Enable Play Store parental controls

The following controls help hide Play Store content listings that contain sexually suggestive and/or sexually explicit content. Tap the Play app on the app shelf.

Tap the profile icon at the upper-right corner.

Tap the Settings menu.

Tap the Family drop-down menu, then tap the “Parental controls” menu.

Tap the toggle switch found next to “Parental controls are off”.

Set a PIN.

Tap the “Apps & games” menu.

Set this category to either 7+ or 12+, then tap the Save button. If you are unsure, set it to 7+. In North & South America, this would be either E10+ (Everyone 10+) or T (Teen).

Depending on your region, you might have restriction controls available for the following categories:


If these are available, you should set them to an appropriate level.

Step 3: Verify protection

Visit the Safe Surfer website and check the protection bubble at the top of the page to verify that this device is protected.

To see blocking in action, try visiting This is a safe website for testing if pornographic websites are being blocked. This website should be blocked.

Protection complete

Great work! This Chromebook device (or Chrome web browser) is now protected. To start monitoring protected devices, visit our easy-to-use online dashboard.

If you have any other Chromebook devices you would like to protect, simply start again from the top of the guide. If you would like to protect a different kind of device, visit our Guides page.

Updated on: 13/02/2024

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