How to Clear Recents on Snapchat: The Complete 2022 Guide

default image

Keeping your Snapchat history private is important for many users. But with over 265 million daily active users, Snapchat‘s Recents tab can quickly become cluttered with old chats, searches, scans and more.

So how do you take control of your Snapchat activity log and clear it out?

In this comprehensive 2800+ word guide, you‘ll learn:

  • Exactly what gets saved in your Snapchat Recents
  • Step-by-step instructions to delete search history
  • How to remove individual or all conversations
  • Additional privacy settings for complete control
  • Extra tips from a social media expert

Let‘s start with what gets stored in your Recents in the first place.

What‘s Saved in Your Snapchat Recents

The Recents tab in Snapchat acts as an activity log, tracking your interactions within the app. Here‘s a breakdown of what it records:

  • Search History: Usernames, places, interests, lenses, and any other terms you‘ve searched for.

  • Scan History: QR codes, Snapcodes, products, songs, and anything else you‘ve scanned.

  • Conversations: Your recent one-on-one and group message histories.

  • Stories: Friends whose stories you‘ve viewed.

  • Snap Sending: Who you‘ve recently sent snaps to.

  • Map Viewing: Locations you‘ve searched on the Snap Map.

While this information can be useful to pick up where you left off, keeping an extensive log isn‘t always ideal. Next, let‘s look at how to clear specific sections of your Recents.

Step-by-Step: How to Clear Search History

Your search history contains any usernames, places, interests, lenses, or other terms looked up in Snapchat. Here‘s how to delete it completely:

On iPhone:

  1. Open the Snapchat app and tap your profile icon in the top left corner.

  2. Tap the Settings gear icon in the top right of your profile screen.

  3. Scroll down on the Settings page and tap Clear Search History.

  4. Tap Clear on the pop-up prompt to confirm deleting your entire search history.

On Android:

  1. Open Snapchat and tap your profile icon in the top left corner.

  2. Tap the Settings gear icon in the top right corner.

  3. Scroll down and tap Clear Search History.

  4. Tap Clear on the pop-up prompt to confirm deleting your search history.

That‘s all it takes! Your Snapchat search history is now emptied out.

How to Remove Conversations from Your Recents

You can also delete your recent one-on-one and group conversations from the Recents tab:

On iPhone:

  1. Open Snapchat and tap your profile picture.

  2. Tap the Settings gear icon at the top.

  3. Scroll down and select Clear Conversations.

  4. You can delete chats individually by tapping the "X" icon next to them, or tap Clear All at the top to mass delete everything.

On Android Devices:

  1. Open Snapchat and tap your profile icon.

  2. Tap the Settings gear in the top right corner.

  3. Scroll down and tap Clear Conversations.

  4. Delete individual conversations with the "X" or tap Clear All to mass delete.

This removes the conversations from your Recents only – the other person will still have the discussion on their end.

Take Your Snapchat Privacy Further

Beyond clearing your Recents, Snapchat has additional privacy settings to control what others see about your activity.

Limit Your Snap Map Visibility

The Snap Map lets friends view your real-time location. To manage who can see you on the Map:

  • Ghost Mode: Tap the ⚙️ button on the Map to enter Ghost Mode. This hides your location from everyone.

  • Selective Sharing: Tap the ⚙️ button and select My Friends to limit Map sharing to friends only.

  • Disable Completely: You can disable Snap Map location sharing entirely by tapping your profile, going to the Settings gear, and toggling off See My Location.

Restrict Your Snapchat Profile

You can also limit who can view and contact you on Snapchat:

  • Hide from Quick Add: Prevent random Snapchatters from adding you by toggling this off in Settings.

  • See Me in Quick Add: Opt out of appearing as a suggested friend in Quick Add with this setting.

  • Who Can Contact Me: Choose between letting anyone message you, friends only, or completely disabling chat requests.

  • Private Story: Create a story for just selected friends rather than posting publicly.

Other Ways to Lock Down Your Profile

For complete Snapchat privacy:

  • Screenshot Alerts: Get notified if someone takes a screenshot of your snaps.

  • Hide Snap History: Make old snaps disappear after being opened rather than staying in the chat log.

  • Hide Story Views: Stop showing who‘s viewed your stories in the viewer list.

  • Delete My Account: You can request to permanently erase your Snapchat account.

Clearing Your Snapchat Recents: By the Numbers

  • 265 million – Daily active Snapchat users as of Q4 2021.

  • Over 5 billion snaps are created on Snapchat every day.

  • The average Snapchat user spends 30 minutes on the app per day.

  • 72% of Snapchat users are under 34 years old.

  • Snapchat reaches 90% of 13-24 year olds and 75% of 13-34 year olds in the United States.

  • 65% of daily Snapchatters use the app to communicate with friends.

  • Snapchatters visit the app on average 30 times per day.

With so much usage and content being shared, it‘s easy for your Recents to pile up quickly. Taking control of what‘s saved is key to maintaining your privacy.

Clearing Out Snapchat Recents: Final Takeaways

Keeping your social media history private is crucial in the digital age. With Snapchat‘s Recents tab and privacy settings, you can easily:

  • Delete search and conversation histories from your Recents.

  • Remove individual chats or clear everything out entirely.

  • Limit your Snap Map visibility and profile access.

  • Prevent story screenshot notifications and post private stories.

The steps in this guide empower you to curate your Snapchat activity log and profiles exactly how you want. So don‘t hesitate to take charge of your data! Maintaining your privacy is worth the few extra taps.


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.