How to Clear Insta­gram Search Sug­ges­tions on Android and iPhone

Namrata Gogoi

When it comes to our digital lives, usually we all love to keep things private. It could be something as trivial as deleting your Netflix viewing history or something significant as clearing your Google search history.

In a nutshell, we seldom take our chances when it comes to our online avatars and the same can be said about our Instagram search history as well.

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Now, if it's only you using your phone, it doesn't make much difference. But if at times, you've to hand it to your colleagues, your search patterns can reveal a lot about you. And sometimes, search suggestions can be a little embarrassing. Yes, and that includes your Instagram searches too.

Sometimes search patterns can be a little embarrassing.

So, it's always a good practice to keep the search history as minimal as possible. Today, we'll talk about how to clear Instagram search suggestions and history.

Delete Your Instagram Search History

Step 1: Tap on the Profile icon and hit the three-dot menu at the top-right corner, which will show the Options page.

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iPhone users, you can tap on the Cog icon on your profile to access the Options page.

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Step 2: Once in, scroll down to the bottom and tap on the Clear Search History option.

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Step 3: Tapping on it will prompt you for confirmation. A tap on the Yes, I’m Sure option will clear the entire Instagram Recent search suggestions.

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Congratulations! You've successfully deleted your Instagram search history.

However, once you start searching again, the search suggestion will start to fill again. So, you may have to do this activity regularly, depending on how much you search on Instagram.

Bonus Trick: Organize Your Instagram Pictures

Talking about cleaning and clearing brings another useful Instagram feature to my mind — Collections. This Instagram feature lets you organize your bookmarked pictures into lovely little albums.

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All you need to do is head over to your profile, tap on the bookmark icon and choose Collections. Having done that, tap on the Create Collection prompt and name it as per your preference.

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From now on, whenever you need to add an Instagram picture to a Collection, just tap on the Bookmark icon and choose Save to Collection.

Select the Collection and you are done. See, simple.

I find this feature particularly useful whenever I have to refer to a particular picture later.

Clear 'em all!

So, this is how you can keep both your Instagram search history and account clean. Clearing search history, however, doesn't remove the Suggested accounts when you tap on the Search tab. They will continue to show depending on who you interact with the most.


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Namrata loves writing about products and gadgets. She has been working for Guiding Tech since 2017 and has around three years of experience writing features, how-tos, buying guides, and explainers. Previously she worked as an IT Analyst at TCS, but she found her calling elsewhere.