Just like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other web services, Instagram keeps a track of your search history. While recent searches allow you to see the accounts, hashtags and keywords that you searched on Instagram. At the same time, your Instagram search history could be a privacy concern. The list can reveal what sort of people, content and locations you are interested in. Besides, we sometimes make searches that we find embarrassing later on. The best bet is to simply clear your search history and bid goodbye to your old searches.
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Though Instagram users can easily clear their search history from within the app itself. However, the option to clear search history has been repositioned in the new version of Instagram for iOS and Android. Earlier it was available right under the Settings menu. In Instagram 2019, the option to clear search history is located under the “Privacy and security” tab at the utmost bottom. Here’s how you can delete recent searches on Instagram.
Clearing your search history on Instagram 2019
- Open the Instagram app.
- Tap your profile icon at the lower right.
- Tap the menu (hamburger icon) at the top right.
- Go to Settings.
- Select “Privacy and security”.
- Choose “Clear search history”.
- Now tap on clear search history again and confirm your choice.
- All the searches related to accounts, tags and places will be deleted instantly.
After deleting your recent search history, Instagram will still show you account suggestions based on your past searches. You can, however, delete these accounts individually. To do so, head over to the search window in the Instagram app and tap the cross icon next to the respective account. This will remove that account from the Suggested tab. Unfortunately, there is no way to remove a specific recent search.
It’s worth noting that you may still see accounts you’ve searched for as suggestions even after you clean your search history.