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Fix Instagram: Clear Search History Not Working – Technipages

When you search for a specific Instagram profile, the app automatically records your search history. If you don’t want anyone to know who you stalked on Instagram, you can simply delete your search history. And there’s another advantage to doing that. The app will stop showing the respective profiles as suggestions.

So far, so good, but sometimes Instagram may refuse to delete your search history. Let’s see how you can quickly troubleshoot this issue.

How to Do If Instagram Search History Won’t Clear on Android

Log out and Restart Your Device

One quick method consists of logging out of your app and restarting the phone. Tap your account picture (lower right-hand corner of the screen), and select Settings. Then select the Log out option and restart your phone.

log out instagram

This will force your device to clear the temporary files associated with your current Instagram session.

Clear the Cache

If the problem persists, maybe the temporary files associated with previous Instagram sessions are to blame for this issue. Try clearing your app cache and data and check the results.

  1. On your phone, go to Settings, select Apps, and select Instagram.
  2. Go to Storage and tap the Clear cache button. Restart the app.
  3. If that doesn’t work, repeat the same steps but this time, select Clear data.

instagram clear cache

Reinstall Instagram

Reinstalling the Instagram app may help you to fix this issue. But first, you need to uninstall the app. Long press the Instagram app until the Uninstall option appears on the screen. Select it and then restart your phone.

Launch the Google Play app, search for Instagram, and then download and install the app again. Log in and search for a random profile and then check if you can delete the search history.


Deleting your Instagram search history should be an easy task. If the search history won’t clear, restarting your device, clearing the app cache, and reinstalling Instagram should fix the problem. Let us know if this quick guide helped you to solve this problem. Drop us a comment below.

This post was written by Madalina Dinita and was first posted to Technipages

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