How to Clear Search History on Instagram

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The Ultimate Guide to Instagram
The Ultimate Guide to Instagram
Introduction

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.

These instructions apply to the latest version of the Instagram app on Android and iOS as well as desktop and mobile browsers.

How to Clear Instagram Search History in the App

Illustration of a person looking at their search history on Instagram
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Instagram search history can be deleted using the Instagram app and desktop and mobile browsers.

  1. Launch and log in to the Instagram app.

  2. Tap the profile icon, which is either a tiny version of your profile picture or an out line of head and shoulders if you don't have one.

  3. Tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines).

  4. Tap Settings > Security.

    Clearing Instagram search history in the app.
  5. Tap Clear Search History (iPhone) or Search History (Android).

  6. Tap Clear All.

  7. Tap Clear All again to confirm.

    Clearing Instagram search history in the app.

Clear Instagram Search History in a Browser

The process is the same whether you're using a desktop or mobile browser.

  1. Go to instagram.com on your computer or mobile browser.

  2. Click or tap the profile icon, then click or tap the settings gear. (Your profile icon will either be a tiny version of your profile image or an outline of head and shoulders if you don't have one.)

    Clearing Instagram search history in a browser.
  3. Click the settings gear to the right of your username.

    Clearing Instagram search history in a browser.
  4. Click Privacy and Security

    Clearing Instagram search history in a browser.
  5.  Scroll down and click View Account Data.

    Clearing Instagram search history in a browser.
  6. Click View all below your search history.

    Clearing Instagram search history in a browser.
  7. Click Clear Search History.

    Clearing Instagram search history in a browser.
  8. Click Yes, I'm sure to confirm.

    Clearing Instagram search history in a browser.