How to Clear Your Facebook Search History

You don't have to leave your browsing data behind

Seemingly everyone has a Facebook account, but that doesn't mean we're all content to leave our Facebook search history open for anyone to spot. If you're concerned about the amount of user data Facebook retains about you, you can always clear your search history. Here's how to clear searches on Facebook, whether you're using your web browser, iOS or Android based smartphone. 

Facebook uses your past search history to more accurately determine what you might be looking for in future, so you may end up with a less personalized service if you delete it regularly.

Why Would I Want to Delete My Facebook Search History?

You don't have to delete your search history on Facebook, but there are a few reasons why it might be useful. Here's a look at why it can be convenient.

  • Privacy: If other people use your Facebook account, even with your knowledge, you may wish to keep certain searches hidden from them. This is a good way of keeping things extra private.
  • Changed interests: If you've frequently searched for things relating to a past interest, you might want to stop getting related results now that the interest has passed. Deleting your search history is a quick way of doing this.
  • To be neat: Out of habit, you might prefer to regularly delete your browsing history. This method means your social media history can also be just as easily wiped out.

How to Clear Your Facebook Search History on a Browser

Millions of people use Facebook via their PC or Mac browser every day. It can be convenient to clear your search history from time to time, so that prying eyes can't see what you've been looking up. Here's how to erase search history on Facebook.

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/

  2. Select the search bar at the top of the site.

    Facebook homepage with the search bar highlighted
  3. Select Edit.

    Facebook homepage with recent search edit option highlighted

    If you simply want to remove an individual search item, select the X next to the word to delete it.

  4. Select Clear Searches.

    Facebook search history with clear searches highlighted
  5. Select Clear Searches.

    Facebook search history with clear searches highlighted
  6. Your search history is now deleted.

How to Clear Your Facebook Search History on iOS

If you're an avid Facebook user on iOS, you may prefer to delete your Facebook search history through the app. It's very simple once you know where to look. Here's what to do. 

  1. Open the Facebook app.

  2. Tap the magnifying glass icon.

  3. Tap Edit.

  4. Tap Clear Searches.

    Facebook iOS app with clear searches highlighted

    This will immediately clear your search history.

How to Clear Your Facebook Search History on Android

How to clear Facebook search history on Android is a fairly straightforward process, providing you know how. It's useful to do when you'd rather keep what you've been looking for hidden from nosy eyes. Here's what to do.

  1. Open Facebook.

  2. Tap the magnifying glass icon.

  3. Tap Edit.

  4. Tap Clear Searches.

    Facebook Android app with clear searches highlighted

    This will clear your search history instantly.