How to Clear Your Embarrassing Internet Search History


May 23, 2023 | 1:03 pm

If you’re comfortable with someone else looking at your search history, raise your hand.

Yes, I didn’t think so.

Sometimes it’s as innocent as buying a present and not wanting to reveal the secret.

Pro tip: Use incognito mode so you don’t get a lot of ads showing exactly what you ordered.

Maybe you’ve been looking for a symptom or medical condition.

There, too, you have the right to privacy.

If you feel uncomfortable with someone else looking at your search history, you should clear it from time to time.
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If you’re not already in the habit of occasionally clearing your search history, you should.


Facebook remembers a lot, including your search history. To maintain a semblance of privacy on the site and app, follow these steps to clear your Facebook search history on your computer:

  • Log into Facebook on your browser and tap your profile picture.
  • To select Settings and privacy > Activity log.
  • Click the Registered actions and other activities option > Search history.
  • Choose Clear searches.

Do you feel choose?

You can delete individual search history items at once rather than the entire search history.

Facebook is a social media platform that remembers your search history on the site and app.
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Click on three points to the right of each search in the history list and tap Eliminate.

A menu will appear to confirm. Hit Eliminate Still.

To continue: I wonder how Facebook knows so much? Tip: He doesn’t even need to listen to your summons.


The search box on Twitter can help you find profiles you often search for, but maybe you don’t want anyone to come across that list. No judgments here.

On your computer:

  • On a web browser and log into your Twitter account.
  • Click the Search the Twitter bar in the upper right corner to see a list of your recent searches.
  • Click the x next to individual searches to delete them one at a time.
  • You can also click Erase everything at the top of the menu.
  • Faucet Clear in the menu that opens to confirm.

You can clear your search history on History by clicking on the Twitter Search bar and pressing Clear All at the top of the menu.

On your phone:

  • Open the Twitter app and tap the magnifying glass in conclusion.
  • After that, tap the Search Twitter bar at the top, then tap the x in the circle to the right of Recent searches.
  • Faucet Clear to delete them all.

You also have the option to clear all search history in the Twitter app.


Our final social media stop: Instagram. Anyone with access to your phone and app can see who you’re looking for. To delete this information:

  • Open the Instagram app. Select the circular profile photo in the lower right corner.
  • Click the three line icon top right.
  • Faucet Your business > Recent searches.
  • Faucet Erase everythingthen tap Erase everything again to confirm.

Google Chrome

Your social media search history reveals the profiles you’ve been looking for. There’s a lot more to your browser’s search history.

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The upside of syncing your account across your computer and phone means that if you erase your searches in one spot, they ended up everywhere.

If you’ve synced your Google Chrome account between your computer and phone, that means when you clear your searches in one place, they ended up everywhere.
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Just make sure all your devices are signed in to the same Google account to do this for Chrome.

  • Open Google Chrome on your computer. Click the three dot menu top right.
  • Mouse over the History menu, then click History option above.
  • To delete one by one, click box to the left, then Eliminate at the top right of the screen. To select To remove to confirm.

Shortcut: You can delete everything at once. Follow the previous steps. In the left menu, click Clear browsing data. You can only delete your browsing history, cookies and cache. Click the Clear the data button once you’ve decided.

Of course it doesn’t end there. These pages show everything Google knows about you.

You can delete your browsing history, cookies and cache by clicking on the Clear data button.
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To clear your search history in Edge:

  • Open Edge and click three dot menu top right.
  • Click SettingsThen Privacy, research and services.
  • Scroll down to Clear browsing data section.
  • To select Choose what to delete.
  • Choose from Time lapse dropdown menu. I recommend All Time.
  • Select the data you want to remove only search history, cookies, cache, passwords and form filling data. (Warning: Deleting passwords and form-filling data is a hassle later.)
  • Click Clear now finish.

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To clear the search history in Safari on your iPhone or iPad:

  • Open Settings on your device and tap Safari.
  • Faucet Clear history and website dataA.
  • Faucet Clear history and data to confirm. NOTE: Clearing your history, cookies, and browsing data from Safari won’t change your AutoFill information.
  • To clear your cookies and keep your history, go to Settings > Safari > Advance > Website datathen tap Remove all website data.

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