If you’ve had an Instagram account for a while, you’re probably aware of how many times you might end up on a random account, three years ago in their feed, without any idea how to get started. Sometimes it is also fun to keep an eye on how this happens. So it is useful to know how to clear your Instagram search history from time to time.
If you want to clear your Instagram search history, or even see what you want to start, you can open your Instagram app on your phone and go to your own profile Huh. From there, you can tap on the icon that looks like three horizontal bars at the top right of your profile, then choose “Settings,” then “Security,” then “Clear Search History”. Once you do this, you will be able to see a (potentially very long) list of accounts discovered in time. You have the option to delete individual searches or your entire search history.
Be careful: Once you clear your search history, you will not be able to undo it. With that, however, this does not mean that the accounts you have searched for in the past will never appear as suggested results.
Even if you clear your history, you can see your most searched accounts as a suggested search when you go to the search option on Instagram. These suggested accounts will change over time, however, if you start searching for other accounts on the platform.
If you want to do this on your computer or mobile browser then the process is a bit different. In that case, you still want to go to your Instagram profile, then click on the Settings icon, which looks like a gear. From there, you can click on “Privacy and Security”, then “View Account Data”. Then, you can click “Search History”, then click “View All”. There, you will have the option to clear your search history – however, again, this does not guarantee that when you use the search feature on the platform, Instagram will not present your previous searches as suggestions.
To be clear, your suggested accounts in the Search tab have not been generated by people you’ve searched for in the past. According to PSafe, a software company focused on mobile privacy and security on apps, Instagram’s suggested search accounts are also affected by your other activity on the platform. For example, social media platforms can factor in hashtags you’ve liked or searched, or even those posts, and even accounts that comment or like on your own posts.