Every time you search for something or someone using the Facebook for Android app, the search term gets stored in the activity log. While the motive behind this is to make it convenient for you to access a previous search quickly, it can often become a nuisance, particularly when your phone lands in someone else’s hands. Fortunately, Facebook lets you view and erase the search history, thus saving you from an embarrassing situation. Here’s a tutorial on how you can remove a specific or all terms from your Facebook search history.
- Launch the Facebook app from the homescreen or app drawer on your Android device.
- You’ll see a magnifier icon at the top-left corner of the Facebook app’s interface. Tap it.
- You’ll see a list of your recent searches. To delete the search history, tap “Edit”, located on the top-right corner of the app’s interface.
- You’ll find yourself on the Activity Log screen. To filter search results from other activities, use the “Filter” option. To use it, tap the arrow and then select search. To clear a particular search, tap the small cross located across it. To clear your complete search history, tap the arrow across it.
- Tap the blue “Confirm” button to confirm the action. This would remove your entire search history. Keep in mind that once deleted, there is no way for you to retrieve it. Return to the Activity Log screen and swipe down to refresh the data. You will see a clean Recently Searched section.
Note: There is no option to permanently disable search history. Also keep in mind that the screens shown above may vary, depending on your Android device and Facebook app version.