How to See Deleted Search History on Instagram

Today, the term “Instagram” is one of the most prominent among individuals and enterprises. In the world of hashtags, followers, and likes and comments, Instagram has shot to the top across the globe. There’s a reason why the app is so popular, and it presently outperforms numerous other social networking platforms. This photo-sharing app is all about the visual because, let’s be realistic, what more refined way is there to communicate a message than via photographs?

see deleted search history on instagram

Did you know you could save your post to the app’s archive? Or trick someone into unfollowing you without them realizing it? A myriad of Instagram features, settings, and options elevate their game to an unprecedented level. And, we are sure there are several lesser-known ones we are still trying to unearth. Yet another feature that the app provides its users with is the ability to see their search history on Instagram even after it has been deleted once.

When we surf the app, we often tend to see or search for many things. And these searches get saved in the app for us to access later. When you use the search icon on Instagram for hunting for someone or anything, all of your recent searches will show. You may, however, delete them from there.

But what if you forget the name of an influencer you’ve been following, and they’re no longer showing up in your recent searches? Don’t worry; nowadays, Instagram enables users to access their deleted search history as well, so you’re not entirely doomed. So, if you’ve come to find out more, let’s get started.

How to See Deleted Search History on Instagram

More often, when we delete something, we panic and start thinking of ways to retrieve it. Of course, we are aware that a recycle bin where your files reach for a temporary period. But we are talking about Instagram here. 

And, we highly doubt there is recycle bin feature on the app. There’s no need to stress if you’ve found yourself in a similar position. The app understands and keeps track of all keywords you have used. 

This makes it quicker to view anything you’ve deleted than you would have anticipated. So, in this section, we’re introducing Instagram’s deleted search history ability to assist you in efficiently managing the app. 

Step 1: Visit the official Instagram app and go to your profile icon in the bottom right corner of the home feed.

Step 2: Tap on the Settings option from the hamburger menu on the top right of the screen.

Step 3: Scroll down until you find the Security option and tap on it. You will be directed to several options; select the Download Data from the Data and History option once you find it. Keep in mind that you get access to various things like your posts, reels, stories, to name a few, along with the search history.

Step 4: you will be asked to enter your Email address. You can put any mail ID you have to access and then tap on the Request download option.

Step 5: Next, you will have to type in your Instagram password for the account and click on the Next to continue.

Step 6: Your request for download will initiate, and it may take around 48 hours for the app to get back with those data to you.

Step 7: After you get the message in your mail, tap on the Download information and enter your password again to get access. You will see the Download information again, but it would be a clickable link for the final download.

Step 8: Go to the file in your device’s downloads and note that the file name would include your username along with the date when the download was requested. It would be in a zip format, which means you have to extract the file.

Step 9: After extracting the file, tap on the recent_searches file folder. You will see account_searches, tag_searches, and word_or_phrases_searches, all in Html format.

Step 10: Tap on any of them, and you will find the searches with the time, date, and year mentioned.

How to See Search History on Instagram

Whether you like it or not, it will appear in your search history when you look for something on Instagram. The app saves all of your search terms in order to provide you with a more tailored experience. Not only Instagram but the digital world as a whole is no stranger to it. Instagram searches are not hidden anywhere. They are displayed once you tap on the search bar option.

Using the official Instagram app via phone

Step 1: Launch the official Instagram app on your phone and locate your profile at the lower right corner of the feed.

Step 2: Once you tap on that profile icon, you will be whisked to your profile. There would be three horizontal lines at the top right corner of the screen; tap on it to get to the Settings option from the menu.

Step 3: Under the Settings option, hit the Security tab.

Step 4: You will see a list appearing on the screen where you have to look for the Access Data under the Data and History menu.

Step 5: You will get to the Account Data page; scroll down for the Search history option with a View all beneath in blue under the Account Activity.

Step 6: Tap on the View all option, and you will be able to see the search history you have made from the account.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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