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How to clear your Instagram search history

Knowing your way around a menu system or two can be useful.

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Your Instagram search history is nothing to be ashamed of—unless it is. Removing your questionable decisions may be the winning move if you’ve performed embarrassing or regrettable profile searches.

Fortunately, destroying the evidence is possible once you know how to clear your Instagram search history completely.

Historical records don’t need to be permanent, and you can effectively commit digital book burning if you follow the right steps.

Let’s discuss how to clear your Instagram search history using the website and mobile app.

How to wipe your Instagram search history

The website and mobile app both allow you to clear your search history. You can do this manually per search request, or you can completely wipe out searches.

We’ll be focusing on how to completely wipe your Instagram search history.

Clear your Instagram search history (desktop)

With the recent Instagram desktop update, the process to remove your search history only takes a couple of clicks.

Go to Instagram.com and sign in
Select the magnifying glass on the left-hand side to open searchinstagram on desktop
In the tab that opens up, select the Clear History optionclear history box

That’s it. You have now cleared your search history from Instagram on desktop.

Clear your Instagram search history (mobile app)

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For those who prefer to use the mobile application, you can clear your Instagram search history using these steps:

  1. Tap on the magnifying glass at the bottom, then tap within the top search box
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  1. Tap on Select All to bring up all your search history
instagram mobile search see all button
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  1. Finally, select Clear all to remove all of your search queries
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That’s all you have to do to clear your history on mobile. Now you can pretend that none of those questionable searches ever happened.

History is written by the tech-savvy

Knowing your way around a menu system or two can be useful, especially when you need to quickly eliminate embarrassing evidence.

Fortunately, Instagram now makes it pretty easy to clear your search history.

When it comes to clearing private data, we should always ask the question: is it really gone? In the digital age, history may not be as easy to erase as it once was.

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Matt is an Australian writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Prior to commencing his studies, he worked in tech support and gained valuable insights into technology and its users. He is also an editor and author coach at Dean Publishing.

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