How To Clear Instagram Search History And Suggestions

There is no denying the fact that every one of us on the social media search for other users and Instagram is no different. With searches, comes search history similar to the history of web browsers. There is a good and bad part of it. The good part is it shows you the recent searches you have made and if in future you want to visit that profile or hashtag again you can use the history instead of searching again.

Coming to the disadvantages, whenever one taps on that search bar, search history shows up.Instagram search history and suggestions If you happen to use the Instagram search with a friend or colleague beside you then definitely it’s a threat to your privacy and they would come to know about the users whose profile you have been stalking. Besides this, the search suggestions are shown based on your search history. So, you might be irritated by the inappropriate suggestions.

If you don’t want that to happen then you can go ahead and delete the search history and suggestions from Instagram right away. In this tutorial, we will let you know the steps to do that on iOS and Android.

We have updated the steps and screenshots using the latest version of the Instagram app (94.0) released in May 2019. Here, we have used Android app but, the steps are basically the same for iPhone as well with some slight design changes which should not be a problem if you are familiar with the steps below.

Now then, let’s get started!

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Clear Search History On Instagram

Please note that it is possible to delete specific profiles from search history in case you don’t want to remove complete search history on Instagram. We’ve covered the method for both so you can use the one you need.

Remove Entire Search History At Once

1. Open the Instagram app and log in to your account if not done already. Next, visit your profile by tapping on the profile icon at the bottom right.Settings on Instagram app

2. Under Profile tap on the hamburger icon at the top right and from the slider menu select Settings.

3. With this, the Settings screen will open. Here, select Privacy and security.Privacy and security settings Instagram

4. Now, on the next screen tap on Clear search history which you can find at the bottom.

5. Finally, tap on Clear search history once again and confirm.Clear search history on Instagram

Now, go back and tap on the search bar. Relieved? This will delete all the accounts and hashtags in the Recent section. However, you will see that the suggestions will come back in the Suggested section and they might still be accounts that you don’t want to see or appear.

To delete search suggestions follow the method below. You can also use the same steps to clear certain profiles or hashtags from Recent search history if you don’t want to delete all of them.

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Delete Particular Instagram Search Suggestion Or History

1. Open the Instagram app and tap on the search icon which is next to the Home button.Delete specific Instagram search suggestions and history

2. Next, tap on the search bar at the top. On doing this, you’ll see the search suggestions and history if you haven’t cleared it.

3. Now for each suggestion, there will be an x icon next to it. You can tap on it to remove that particular account or hashtag from the Suggested or Recent section.

You can follow the same method to remove others if desired. For your ease, you can also select the specific tab like Accounts or Tags from the top and then perform the 3rd step.

Please note that there will always be some accounts as the suggestions that are shown depending on your search activity. That said, you can hide the ones desired with the above method when they show up.

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Wrapping Up

Deleting recent search history is a piece of cake really. But I know it can be frustrating for the users to see the search suggestions even after clearing the search history but Instagram does that to let you connect with relevant accounts conveniently. Moreover, they have also given some degree of control to the users by providing an option to remove desired suggested profiles.

Let us know if you’re facing any issues or have any query in the comments below and don’t forget to share the article on social media if you found it helpful.

Hemant Mendiratta
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21 COMMENTS

  1. This is great!! Thank you, especially for the”HIDE: button, I had no clue it existed. Now I don’t have to see that “profile” I had been stalking.

      • Hi Hemant. When I tap and hold on a “recent” search nothing happens. It works for “suggested”but not for recent. Very frustrating. Have you ever heard of this? I have deleted the app and re-installed. When I use “Clear Search History” all the recents go away….until I re-open the app then there they are again. And the list that I see is not always the same!

  2. Hello. I’m having a problem clearing my recent searches on Instagram. I’ve tried everything from clearing the history, logging out and even deleting and reinstalling the app but it keeps coming back. Any clue on why this would happen? It seems to clear when I hit clear search history but then if I leave the app and come back its there again.

  3. Instagram also keeps previously searched people in their database. Often I try tag someone in a post and the suggestions that come up are from people I have long since removed from history. Very annoying

  4. I’ve done this – including log out, clearing all cache and app data. It worked for a while – until after a day or so, the people I don’t wanna see anymore keep reappearing in ‘recent’ list when I type the first or 2 first letters (for instance : when I type P or A). Does anypne also experiencing this? Are there any alternative solution to this?

  5. I have the same problem too. Whenever I type an alphabet the list of users I have visited before appear and I cannot delete those. Does anyone have a solution for that?

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