How to Clear Search History on Instagram

Never see that face again!

Illustration of a social media specialist looking at their search history on Instagram

Lifewire / Emilie Dunphy

Instagram keeps a record of your search history. This is a quick way to locate accounts or hashtags that you've looked for in the past. Past searches also influence which accounts Instagram suggests you follow.

How to Clear Instagram Search History

Illustration of a person looking at their search history on Instagram
Lifewire / Emilie Dunphy

Instagram search history can only be deleted using the Instagram app.

  1. Launch and log in to the Instagram app.

    The web version of Instagram does not delete search history. Log in to the Instagram mobile app to delete your search history.

  2. Select the Profile button which is represented by your profile picture.

  3. Select Menu, represented by the three horizontal lines.

  4. Select Settings.

    Instagram Settings
  5. Select Security.

  6. Select Clear Search History, then confirm your choice.

    Security, Clear Search History, Confirmation button for Instagram
  7. You will receive a message asking you to confirm this action. Select Yes, I'm sure. Your search history will be cleared.