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How To Use The Auto-Clear Search History Feature On Instagram?

The most popular photo-sharing and instant messaging social media application, Instagram, is packed with a myriad of interesting and intuitive features. The company always ensures to bring certain exciting updates for better convenience and security of the users. In contrast, it’s been a while since Instagram has rolled out an interesting privacy feature, the Auto Clear Search History feature, which allows users to clear their search history automatically. Here in this guide, you will learn how you can clear your search history without clearing it on Instagram.

Instagram: The Auto Clear Search History Feature

The Auto clear search history is basically a privacy-focused feature, which offers more convenience and privacy to the users, providing full control over the searches that they have done in the past, and it also provides the capability to customize the time duration of their search history.

Users can clear their search history with the features by selecting the time duration at their convenience. They can opt for the duration starting from the shorter duration, such as 3 days, 7 days and 14 days, respectively, to the longer duration of 30 days. This facility offers the flexibility to the users to determine how long they want their search history to be stored on Instagram.

Although the search history can unveil interests, preferences and more of an individual, with the Auto Clear search history feature, users have the convenience to easily erase this information by also ensuring the protection of their privacy. 

This is how the auto-clearing works:  

Instagram clears your search history when it’s older than your chosen timeframe. Here’s how:

  • In case you have turned on auto clearing for searches over 7 days.
  • Your search for a clothing page.
  • For the next 7 days, you can easily find your search again.
  • After 7 days, Instagram clears that search from your smartphone.

How to clear Instagram Search History automatically?

You can easily access this option from your Instagram settings. Here’s how:

  • Launch the Instagram application on your smartphone.
  • Tap on your Profile icon at the bottom.
  • Now click on the Hamburger icon at the top right.
  • Then select Settings and Privacy.
  • Hit the Account Center option.
  • Tap on Your Information and Permission option.
  • Select the Search History option.
  • Now tap on the Keep Search for option.
  • Here, you can choose the timeframe for your Auto-clearing search history, from 3 days, 7 days, 14 days, 30 days and default, respectively.
  • By selecting the Default option, you will see all of your Facebook searches from the past year. Your Instagram searches are only stored for 30 days

Additionally, here are a few things to keep in mind including, when Instagram clears a search history, it will no longer be visible to you. Although it can still use your searches to personalize your experience for up to 90 days when you have turned on the Auto clearing, your search history will be cleared automatically as per your selected timeframe, and it can take around 24 hours to clear the search history. 


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Shazia Irani

Passionate about technology, the geek world and a little nerdy. My title says I'm a accountant, but in reality I just love writing about what I love. Technolover.

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