How to clear Instagram history
Every time you visit a web page, you know very well that cookies are stored. In addition to them, the browser or in any case the application you are using creates a “log” of all activities, called history. So you wondered: does this also happen on Instagram? After several checks, it seemed to you so. As a result, you ran on the web to understand how to delete Instagram history , ending up on my blog.
In the following insights, in fact, I’ll explain what you need to do to see and delete the history of Instagram searches and also that related to all elements of the photographic social network, that is, hashtags, profiles, places and even IGTV.
How the Instagram history works
The Instagram history is an activity log that helps the user to identify the searches he has carried out over time on the social network. It is active by default and its tracking cannot be deactivated (the integrated one, not that of the browser).
The term Instagram history can refer to the activity history that is tracked through browser (PC, smartphone, tablet or other supported device) or to what is registered within the photographic social network .
The order of events that is recorded by the browser is stored locally, therefore on the device used. While what is captured while browsing the social network, for example looking for hashtags, profiles or places, is associated with the IG profile. So, even if you delete the app, this information would remain saved.
On the other hand, it must be said that this information can be used by third parties to spy on you. Therefore, it is a good idea to remove the Instagram history before lending your device. Fortunately, it can be done either way. I will explain how to proceed in the following paragraphs.
Where is the Instagram history
As I told you in the previous paragraphs, there are several types of Instagram history . Then:
- Browser history
- Social network history (app and website)
Browser activity history includes all the internet history , so not only the pages visited on Instagram, but also those of other websites. You can find it by opening the browser (mobile, PC, tablet or other device), going to the Settings and choosing the History item.
Regarding the history of the social network , it can be found within the website or in the application. It is exclusively related to Instagram and concerns posts, people, places, hashtags, IGTV videos, notifications and even Direct messages. Its storage is not local, but on the cloud, or on the servers of the social network.
If you want to view the history of your posts , just go to your profile . While to view the history of actions performed by other users on your profile, such as likes and comments on your posts, you will have to look at the statistics with a business account, or even use a analytics tool for IG .
The message history , on the other hand, can be viewed by swiping to the left from the “Home” section of the application. This will quickly take you to the Direct tab, or in the list of active conversations, in which you will find all messages sent and received.
Last but not least, the search history . This is partially shown to you by tapping on the magnifying glass icon and tapping the Search item (which appears at the top of the Explore section). It is divided by accounts, hashtags and places.
You can access the Instagram history from any device connected to the account. However, I suggest you use the desktop or mobile app to view and delete it.
Deleting Instagram history after update
Until a few months ago, the Instagram history could be reset from the “Privacy and Security” settings. However, with the latest update , the application user interface (UI) has undergone several changes and this setting has been split into two different options.
In the new versions , to clear the Instagram search history, go to the Security tab. However, in the following steps, I will explain in detail how to do it in both cases. I state that the procedures are valid for all operating systems, be they iOS, Android or Windows 10.
Delete the history of Instagram searches
To proceed with deleting the Instagram search history , first of all, you need to start the social network app and go to your profile . You can do this by selecting the stylized user icon (bottom right).
In that section, select the hamburger menu (top right) and choose Settings (gear icon). In there, if you have an old version of the app, choose Privacy and Security . Instead, if you have one of the latest versions , tap the option Security.
At this point, scroll down the page and tap the Clear your search history two consecutive times. Then, confirm the operation by choosing the Delete history item. The action is irreversible.
By doing this, everything you have searched for over time will be removed from the activity log. You will continue to be tracked from the moment of deletion onwards.
Partial deletion of Instagram history
Deleting history of the searches (as above) all the browsing history within the social network will be deleted. This means that the searched places, hashtags and profiles will be removed. If you just want to hide a part of the history, you will have to do it manually, without taking advantage of the option I suggested earlier.
There is an option that allows you to remove searches and suggestions in “surgical” mode, therefore partially . You will find it in the search bar .
In detail, proceed by entering the Explore section. Then, tap the Search item to expand the search activities. Move from the All section to the one you are interested in, choosing between Account , Hashtag and Places .
At this point, among the Suggested or Recent entries, locate the profile, place or hashtag to remove. When you have found it, select the X that appears next to its name to remove it. Repeat the operation to modify the searches according to your needs.
If you don’t understand this procedure well, don’t worry. Just proceed with the reading to read all the details of the case.
By delete a place from your Instagram history , do the following:
- Open the Instagram app and select the magnifying glass
- From the Explore section, tap the Search
- item From the All tab, move in the tab Places
- Find the place to delete among those Recenti
- Select the X next to its name to delete it
You can repeat the operation to delete more places and locations. It is not possible to clear only the history of places.
To delete a hashtag from Instagram history , do this:
- Log in to Instagram and move to the Explore
- section Select the Search entry and move to the Hashtag
- tab Find the hashtag to delete among the Recent
- Press the X next to the hashtag name to remove it
For the moment, you cannot remove the history of hashtag specifically. You will have to do this manually. Repeat the operation to remove more searched hashtags.
If you have searched for people and now you appear in the Instagram history, there is no need to reset everything to make them disappear from there. Proceed as follows:
- Go to Instagram and select the magnifying glass
- Go to Search for via the Explore
- Move to the Account
- tab Find the profile to remove from Suggested or Recent
- Select the X next to the username to delete it from Instagram searches
By doing this, that account will be removed from your searches. Keep in mind, though, that if you’ve liked his posts or commented, your followers may still be spying on you by watching your activity via their notifications. Read on to understand in detail what I’m talking about.
Clear the history of Instagram notifications
As I told you, everything what happens on Instagram is recorded. Thankfully, most of these activities can be canceled. Deletion is also provided for the notification history .
In fact, you can remove notifications of comments, likes and new followers received in a very simple way. To proceed, first of all, open the application and select the heart icon .
Once you have entered the notifications , stay in the You section. Then locate the item of your interest, which you wish to delete. When you have found it, press and hold your finger on it and choose the option Delete.
Remember, however, that by doing so, you will only remove the notification from your account. Therefore, your followers will continue to see the activity you removed . That’s right, via the Follow Already section.
At the time of writing, there is no way to remove the notification of your activities from other people’s phones. You could, however, remove the content related to that notification (e.g. the comment or the like). By doing so, if a user touched that alert, they would see nothing.
Clear the history of Direct messages
If you think someone is spying on your Direct, you may want to remove some . At the moment, in fact, it is not possible to archive Instagram conversations.
To proceed with deleting the message history of an Instagram chat, first access Direct . You can do this by tapping the paper airplane icon (top right) from the app.
After doing this, locate the chat of your interest and touch it to enter. From within the conversation, you can unsubscribe your messages sent for everyone . This means that you can also remove them from devices linked to the other contact’s account. To do so, long press on the bubble and choose the option Cancel sending the message .
If you want to leave a trace of the messages on the recipient’s account and remove them only from your profile , go back to the active chats , hold your finger on the conversation and tap Delete .
Delete IGTV history
If you want to delete your Instagram TV search history , be aware that these , at the time of writing, are not tracked (except by the social network to improve the AI of its algorithm). Therefore, there is no need to worry about either individual searches or all those that have been made.
However, recommended profiles may appear in the Suggested section for you by IGTV. Those are chosen by the algorithm of the social network and, for now, they can neither be deactivated nor removed.
You could still try to delete the entire Instagram history , as I described in this previous point, so as to see if some names are removed. Alternatively, you could search for other profiles and like content with different themes, so as to make the algorithm understand that “your tastes” have changed.
Delete the history of Instagram views
The history of Instagram views , unlike the other types, cannot be removed . But it must be distinguished which content type was displayed. Some views, in fact, guarantee complete anonymity to followers.
If you have played a story , you will not be able to remove your name from the views list of that profile. The person who manages it can view it by touching the eye icon and you won’t be able to do anything about it. For next time, remember that it is possible to see the stories without them knowing.
If it was a post video , however, I can tell you that “you got away with it” . To date, in fact, the views of the videos are anonymous and therefore not attributable to the user who reproduced them. It doesn’t matter if the account is a business or creator type. Nor if this is public or private.
In the event that by viewing history I mean that of the notifications that appear to others in the section “ Follow already ”, As I told you before, it is not possible to hide them . However, you could always delete the comment or unlike to prevent others from seeing your business.
Delete the browser Instagram history
If you don’t want to show others that from that computer you have surfed Instagram , you can act in different ways. In detail:
- Remove the history of the Instagram website
- Use the incognito mode of the browser
To remove the internet history related to the social network website, you must act through the browser settings . It is impossible to tell you the exact path given the variants “in play”. Usually, however, you just need to open Settings and choose the History option. This is certainly the case for the Chrome browser (mobile, tablet and PC).
In that section, use the Search and type
instagram.com . Alternatively, if you are using Chrome , run the URL
chrome: // history /? Q = instagram.com in the address bar. This will filter the results related to the Instagram domain (but beware of “false positives”).
Now, select all the items . From smartphones and tablets , Android or iOS, you will have to do it manually . Instead, from Windows or macOS , you could use the
Ctrl + A and
cmd ⌘ + A keyboard combinations respectively . However, after selecting, select Delete and confirm.
Once this is done, your browser history will be completely cleared and cannot be recovered. Please note, however, that cookies will remain stored, which you will need to delete separately. If you don’t know how to do this, read this Google Chrome guide (you can adapt it to other browsers too).
Also, please note that may remain track of this data both in your Google account (especially if you use Chrome) is in the logs of the modem router that manages that network.
To leave no trace , you could enable the browser incognito mode and connect to Instagram via VPN . But a good local DNS resolver could also save you (dnsmasq and the like). More information can be found in this other guide.
Instagram history that deletes itself
If you are having a problem in your Instagram history , which deletes itself , don’t be alarmed: it may not be a hacked account.
In most cases, in fact, this symptom could be related to a ” bug “. This statement is partially true, because in reality it is not a malfunction of the application, but a peculiarity of the algorithm .
You must know that the Instagram algorithm decides for you the suggested profiles and sorts them in the search history as you like. Once you have selected one, after visiting his profile, the social network system will remove it from the suggested accounts.
Initially, this was also valid for recent profiles . Usually, the last 10 accounts searched remained and, after a few days, they were even deleted automatically. This operation still remains at the discretion of the social network system, even if most of the time, it is not performed.
In more remote cases, it could be a hacked account , i.e. a profile that is edited and checked by people who do not refer to it. Read this guide to understand if your account is the victim of this situation and, if so, resolve the matter immediately.
Instagram history deleted
If your account’s Instagram history has been deleted , I’m sorry to tell you, but you will not be able to retrieve it from the social network . If you used the application in mobile or desktop version, after deletion, the history has been removed from the cloud. As a result, it is now no longer accessible from devices connected to the account.
However, you may have connected to Instagram from the browser . If so and you hadn’t used incognito mode, then you could find the history of the social network. Yes, even the words that have been searched for. Just open your browser’s Settings , choose the History option and then filter the results by entering the key
instagram.com in the search bar.
By doing so, you would be able to view the web pages related to Instagram. And it would also be easy to interpret them to understand what was sought.