How to Delete Twitter Search History on iPhone and Android

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Twitter is a microblogging & social networking platform that users post on and interact with messages that are referred to as “tweets”. If you’re a regular on Twitter, you would recall that tweets were originally restricted to 140 characters. However, on November 7, 2017, the limit became doubled to 280 for every language except Japanese, Chinese as well as Korean. 

While registered users are allowed to post, like, and retweet tweets, unregistered users can only read tweets. In today’s age of Twitter meltdowns, where navigating the minefield of your ancient tweets could come back to haunt you, it is only smart to get your Twitter history deleted.

There are a variety of free & paid apps, such as TwitWipe, TweetDelete, and TweetDeleter that can help you do this without breaking a sweat.

Fortunately, wiping your personal search history from this network is much easier than that. Your Twitter data contains all the pieces of information Twitter has about you, which includes your search history, the celebs you like, your political preferences, movie preferences, sports preferences & career, in addition to general info.

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This data gets accumulated over time from your activity on Twitter, who you follow, the types of things you search for, the things you say & like, and the info you re-tweet. Here, we will explain all you need to know about deleting your Twitter search history on your Android and/or iPhone.

What Is Twitter Search History?

Your Twitter search history contains all the searches you’ve made on the platform over a certain period of time.

When you conduct a search on something on Twitter, it’s saved in your search history. This is done to make it easier for you to gain access to the information next time you intend searching for it again or searching for something related to it.

Your Twitter search history’s equally an excellent indicator of what your interests and passion have been over time and the kind of changes they have passed through.

Twitter also uses your search history to personalize your experience.

Why Do You Need to Clear Your Twitter Search History?

While deleting your recent searches may not save you from a Twitter roasting, it could surely help you avoid a few awkward conversations from anyone (family, friends, or colleagues) that might have got access to your account on the site.

Even if your search history does not contain anything to feel mortified about, Twitter deploys your recent searches in generating content suggestions for you. It is, thus, useful to clear it out if you want to have a fresh start.

And whether you are making use of Twitter on desktop or smartphone, you will definitely not require a separate service (account) to get that fresh start.

Here are some of the primary reasons you might need to clear your search history or alter the data that Twitter keeps about you:

  • You’ve realized your Twitter account has been restricted.
  • You don’t want to search for the same things any longer.
  • You want to get rid of clutter from your search page.

Twitter on Mobile: Finding the Search Option

Take the following to access the search option on Twitter:

  • Open your Twitter mobile app from your iOS or Android phone.
  • Log into your account that is associated with the search history you want to delete.
  • From the menu of icons, which you will find at the bottom of the app’s home screen; open the search page by pressing the magnifying glass.

How to Delete Your Searches

Here is how to clear your Twitter searches:

  • Hit the box that states Search Twitter, which is at the top of your app’s screen.
  • This will bring up a drop-down list of most recent searches you conducted.
  • Press the “X” symbol that is beside any specific recent searches you want to clear from your history (such as like “Dwayne Johnson’s (The Rock) tweets” or “latest Ronaldo’s goals.”

If you want to wipe out all of your recent searches that are stored on the Twitter account, press the “X” symbol that is beside “Recent”, which you will see at the top of the drop-down list.

Twitter on Desktop: Navigating to Your Search Box

 These are the steps to take to access the search box:

  • Visit Twitter on desktop at
  • Sign in to your account containing the search history to be erased.
  • If you check the right-hand side of the navigation bar, which is at the top of the website (beside your round profile icon & the large “Tweet” button); you will see the search box, stating “Search Twitter.”

How to Clear Your History

Wipe your search history taking the below steps:

  • Tap “Search Twitter” to display a drop-down list containing your recent searches.
  • Tap on “X”, which is beside each search term to get rid of individual search queries from your Twitter history.
  • Searches you wipe out will not show up as a search suggestion again — unless you do a search on them again — when you make use of your Twitter account on desktop/mobile.
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You can wipe your entire recent search history by clicking on “Clear” that is beside “Recent Searches.” By following the steps we have highlighted above, you will find deleting your Twitter search history all too easy. The methods are suitable for desktop and mobile users, so you can choose which platform is convenient for you.


Posted by Deji

Deji is a freelance writer and Physics graduate from the University of Ibadan. Passionate and meticulous, he is a keen follower of developments around the world on a number of issues ranging from science, tech, history, politics, among others. Deji loves playing football and meeting people. Please, follow on Twitter and Facebook

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