Facebook Graph Search saves all your creepy searches – and here’s how to delete them

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Delete your Facebook History

Facebook Graph Search has a nasty surprise waiting for you. Did you know that you can revisit all of your Facebook searches (and other activities)? These activities are saved in the history of everything you’re doing on Facebook, down to the minute details. In some cases, this data only goes back a couple years or even just a few months – but that’s still terrifying, right? So with Facebook Graph Search rolling out to more users and encouraging searches for just about anything, we’ve got the low down on how to delete this log from ever seeing the light of day.

Click on “Activity Log”

facebook activity log button

If you click on the “Activity Log” button at the top right corner of your Facebook profile, next to the gear icon, that will take you straight to your Facebook activity page.

Side note: How to surface “Include Only Me” activities

facebook include only me activity

This is important, so excuse the brief tangent. If you click on the “Include Only Me activity” check box, which can also be found in the top right corner of the Activity Log page, you’ll notice that all of your searches and other activities that are tagged with the lock icon will surface amid your other activities. By default “Include Only Me” activities are by default hidden from your log, including your searches.

Click “More” to open more filters options

Facebook activity log more

Now to delete the history of your activities, you can go down through the list and unfriend people, unlike content, and delete posts. Or if you’re just really concerned about getting rid of any traces of the search terms you’ve plugged into Facebook, there’s a one-stop solution for deleting all of your searches in one fell swoop (we’ll get to that momentarily).

In the left hand column under Activity Log, click on “More” under where it says “Photos,” “Likes,” and “Comments” to expand and open up additional filter options.

Click on “Search”

facebook activity log search

At the very bottom of this section above the option titled “Less,” you’ll find an icon labeled “Search.” Click on this.

Clear Searches

facebook activity clear searches

Now we’re almost done. At the top right corner of the page where all of your search terms are listed, you’ll find an option labeled “Clear Searches.” Again click on this option.

In case you haven’t found it already, the option can be found just above the month and year.

Confirm Clear Search

facebook activity clear searches confirmation

When you click on “Clear Searches,” Facebook will pop up a confirmation box asking you if you really want to delete a history of your searches. Confirm by clicking on the “Clear Searches” button. But before you click and erase your search history, you might want to hear Facebook out – although the decision is ultimately up to you.

The social network does have a good reason though to ask twice, and it has to do with Graph Search. Facebook’s Graph Search results are closely tied to your history of previous searches, and this is because for every search you make Facebook is getting a better idea about your search habits, which means that over time the social network is able to better tailor search results for you. If you end up deleting a record of your searches, Facebook has to start from scratch and probably wont be able to serve better results. But that’s just a minor inconvenience for a peace of mind.

An empty search history

Facebook activity searches cleared

If you’ve decided to clear your searches, voila, you’re now done and you should be greeted with an empty search history page that’s waiting to be filled up again. Now you’ll know how to purge your history for next time.

Now if you’re really concerned about your privacy, well you can always outright delete your Facebook account for good.

Showing 12 comments

  1. superguy 6 months Ago  
    Well, the only problem is that after I deleted my search history, Facebook still gives me the same embarrassing search suggestions when I start typing in the search bar.
  2. phantom 8 months Ago  
    it worked thanks so much. however it doesnt stop from showing suggestions on home page, when i start typing letters. it displays the same suggestions which i most searched.
  3. yvonne g 9 months Ago  
    I went down and deleted all my likes and comments one by one.It took forever.I joined an open group today and when my membership profile appeared on their site things I deleted a long tome ago showed up including my age!!! I've never had my age public. The pictures that popped up were tagged on my timeline from someone else and I had deleted them some time ago. Also, how I like to spend my time and activities appear on this site. I took those off last year and I don't know how to get them off again. I can't find "how I like to spend my time" and "what I like to do" etc. on my activities or "about me." I'm in a trap. Any suggestions?
  4. aoimira 10 months Ago  
    http://www.facebook.com/help/382661798450396

    "Remember, no one else can see your activity log."

    Why bother delete it unless your prepared to be hacked someday?
  5. Cyrus. 10 months Ago  
    plz,tell me,how can i hide my Activity log !!!i dont want ppl know,the things that i like,comment,... !!!
  6. nikkimaloy 10 months Ago  
    i love u for this. now can you tell me, do we REALLY have to go down one by one and delete comments and other things in other categories under here? thanks
  7. krangaswamy5 1 year Ago  
    Facebook Graph Search how to delete
    1. change to "british english" or "UK english" on your account page and boom, it goes away
  8. Justsayinghere 1 year Ago  
    CREEPIER AND CREEPIER EACH TIME!!
    hahaha
    Thanks for the lesson Mark Zukenberg this just shows how HIGH or LOW is the stalking level in each of us. MY GoD!!!
  9. ptoone1 1 year Ago  
    creepy
    1. Yup, really creepy.
    2. So it says right on that page, "Only you can see your Graph searches". This doesn't seem "creepy", unless of course you're worried about someone stealing your Facebook account and looking at your Graph search history (or mabye you're one of those tinfoil hat kinda people)