How to Stop Instagram Search Suggestions When Typing

How old were you when you made an account on Instagram? Instagram was launched in 2010 and was a hit even then. However, most users on the platform back then were adults. Today, thirteen-year-olds are a common sight on Instagram, which is both good and bad. It’s a good thing because it means exposure and growth. We know that the internet seems more negative; with each day passing, Instagram is different.

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As a social media platform that caters to a younger crowd, it has several regulations and guidelines in place to prevent inappropriate or distasteful content.

We know that means nothing for two reasons: firstly, the things one might consider inappropriate for a child have been normalized and rationalized to the extent that it seems natural. Secondly, even after the regulations and guidelines, there’s a good chance that some things will slip by, as they always do.

Still, it’s not fair not to expose and prepare your child for the myriad opportunities that await just because social media platforms might display inappropriate images.

On a positive note, social media is the source of livelihood for thousands of people. This primarily includes social media influencers, content creators, and small business owners.

Another reason why introducing Instagram to your child is good is because, like it or not, other children their age do have that exposure. And children are great at pointing fingers, especially where they’re actually not at fault.

The stories and the explore section are some of the features on Instagram that are actually really cool.

Stories are pictures you post for just 24 hours, and all viewers have a choice not to view your story, unlike posts that just appear on their timelines. We all love some of our stories more than others, so you can also save them on your profile for your followers to see as highlights.

The Explore section of Instagram is a personalized space where you see the stuff you generally like and search for. For example, if you’re a Dua Lipa and follow her content regularly, you’ll see Dua Lipa trivia and announcements in your explore. If you’re into fitness, you’ll see gym how-tos, healthy and protein-rich recipes, and memes only gym-goers would understand.

Besides keeping your attention hooked, this feature makes every user feel special and seen, which is always a nice feeling, right?

Read on until the end of this blog to learn all that there is to know about stopping Instagram search suggestions while typing.

How to Stop Instagram Search Suggestions When Typing

Let’s say you need to show one of your friends something on Instagram, so you pull out your phone and go to Instagram search. You remember a little too late that the last person you’ve searched for is Taylor Swift, and your friends make fun of you for listening to her (supposition aside, you shouldn’t be embarrassed about listening to any artist; friends who make you feel bad aren’t friends).

Still, it’s too late, and they’ve already seen her at the top of your search suggestion. Ugh, if only there was a method to clear those suggestions, right? Don’t worry; we’ve got the perfect solution for you!

If you’re talking about the suggestions appearing when you search for someone, we’re afraid that’s impossible. And it also makes no sense because how will you find what you’re looking for without the results?

However, if you’re talking about the premature suggestions which appear before you’re done typing, we know what you’re saying. Those results appear because you’ve for them before, too.

Don’t worry; the processes we’ll talk about work on both types of suggestions.

There are two ways to clear your search suggestions, and we’ll discuss them in this blog.

Clear search suggestions manually

This is the quickest and easiest way to clear your search suggestions, but then again, that depends entirely on how many searches are saved up on your account. For example, manually deleting a few suggestions will literally take less than a second, but hundreds of searches will get frustrating real quick.

Here’s how it’s done.

Step 1: Launch Instagram on your smartphone and log in to your account.

Step 2: The first screen you’ll see is your Instagram Feed. At the bottom of that page, you’ll notice five icons. Locate and tap on the magnifying glass icon right next to the Home icon.

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Step 3: This will take you to your Instagram Explore page. At the top of the screen, locate and tap on the Instagram search bar.

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Step 4: Now, you’ll be able to see all your search suggestions. Scroll down to make the keyboard disappear.

Step 5: To the left of every profile in your suggestions, you’ll see a small, grey-colored cross icon. Tap on it to make the suggestion disappear.

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There you go! Now, you just need to repeat that until all the suggestions are removed.

Uninstall and re-install the Instagram app on your smartphone

This process might sound lengthier, but it’s actually not. Instead of following all those steps, just uninstall the app. It’ll delete all app data from your smartphone.

stop instagram search suggestions when typing

No suggestions will be shown the next time you log in to your account on your smartphone. However, the next time, remember to remove your search suggestions as you go.

In the end

As we end this blog, let us recap all we’ve discussed today.

Search suggestions are of two types: the recent ones on the search page and those appearing at the top results before you’ve finished searching for someone. Both types of suggestions appear because you search for those profiles quite frequently.

Don’t worry; the same methods can help erase all such suggestions.

You can either erase these suggestions manually one-by-one or uninstall and re-install the Instagram app on your smartphone.

If our blog has helped you, don’t forget to tell us all about it in the comments below!

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