How to clear your Facebook search history on computer or mobile device, either all at once or search by search

Melanie Weir

It should only take a moment to clear your Facebook search history, whether on desktop or mobile. Reuters

  • It’s easy to clear your Facebook search history, if it gets cluttered or if you just want to protect your privacy.

  • Facebook allows you to clear your search history all at once, as well as remove individual search items.

  • You can clear your Facebook search history on computer or mobile device with just a few clicks or taps.

  • Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories.


Facebook’s search feature tracks what you’ve been looking for recently, which is great for helping you return to pages you visit frequently. But at the end of the day, what – and who – you look for on Facebook is a private matter.

So if you’re about to hand your phone or computer to your friend and don’t want to risk them seeing who you’ve searched for, you might want to clear your Facebook search history first.

Fortunately, you can do this discreetly, with just a few clicks or taps from your Mac, PC, iPhone, or Android device. Here’s how.

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How to Clear Facebook Search History on a Mobile Device

1. Open the Facebook app on your iPhone or Android device.

2. Tap the search icon at the top right of the screen.

3. Next to where recent searches are listed, tap “Edit.”

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Press “Edit”. Melanie Weir / Business Insider

4. At the top of your activity log, tap “Clear Searches” to instantly clear your history. You can also tap the X icon next to each search item to clear that specific search and leave the rest.

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Press “Clear searches”. Melanie Weir / Business Insider

How to Clear Facebook Search History on Computer

1. Access Facebook using any Internet browser on your Mac or PC and open your profile page. On your profile page, in the lower right corner of your cover photo, click “Activity Log”.

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Click “Activity Log” on your profile page. Melanie Weir / Business Insider

2. Click “More” under “Comments” in the left sidebar.

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In the sidebar, click on “More”. Melanie Weir / Business Insider

3. In the extended menu, click on “Search History”.

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Click on “Search History”. Melanie Weir / Business Insider

4. At the top right of the menu, click on “Clear searches”. You can also click the cancel icon next to each search item to remove that item specifically.

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Click on “Clear searches”. Melanie Weir / Business Insider

5. Click “Clear searches” again to confirm that you want to clear all of them.

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Confirm to clear searches. Melanie Weir / Business Insider

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