If you’re a Twitter user, you’ve probably noticed that the platform constantly suggests new things for you to search. These suggestions appear when you add an asterisk (*) at the end of your search phrase. While this feature can be useful when you’re unsure how to spell something, it can also become bothersome if you prefer to explore fresh content and discover new people or topics of interest. If you’re tired of the clutter in your feed, read on to learn how to clear your Twitter search suggestions.
Clearing Your Twitter Search Suggestions
The simplest way to remove Twitter’s suggestions from your feed is by logging into your account and navigating to the ‘Settings and Privacy’ section. There, you’ll find an option labeled ‘Clear All Search History’. By clicking on this option, all of your Twitter search suggestions will be permanently cleared. However, please note that this action only applies to future suggestions. If you’ve already seen certain suggestions, they will still remain in your feed.
Removing Previous Suggestions
If you want to eliminate all the suggestions you’ve ever encountered, you can do so by accessing the ‘Clear Recent Searches’ option. This feature erases the last 100 searches you made on Twitter, along with any unselected suggestions. However, keep in mind that this only applies to suggestions you have already seen. To manually remove specific suggestions, follow these steps:
- Go to ‘Settings and Privacy’ > ‘Search’ > ‘Search History’.
- Locate the suggestions you wish to delete and click on the ‘X’ icon.
Note: Removing suggestions ensures that they will not reappear.
Changing the Display Preference
If you don’t want to remove all of Twitter’s search suggestions, you have the option to change their display format. To do this, navigate to ‘Settings and Privacy’ > ‘Search’ > ‘Show All’. You can choose between two options: ‘Show Most Recent’ and ‘Show All’.
Show Most Recent
This setting arranges the search suggestions from most recent to least recent. By selecting this option, only tweets newer than those currently displayed in your feed will be suggested for you in the future.
Enabling ‘Show All’ will present all the suggested search terms, regardless of their age. Consequently, you may inadvertently click on a search term you’ve already explored. If you opt for either of these settings, Twitter’s suggestions will no longer appear in your feed. To view them, you will need to manually access the ‘Search’ section, where they will be displayed at the top of the page.
Don’t Let Content Suggestions Bother You
If you prefer not to remove all of Twitter’s suggestions or change their display, the best approach is to ignore them. Don’t let their presence make you feel like you might be missing out on something. Remember, these suggestions are intended to be helpful, not intrusive. Their purpose is to introduce you to new and interesting content that you might otherwise have overlooked. So, instead of letting them bother you, simply ignore them and move on if they don’t align with your interests.
Don’t Be Afraid to Unfollow
In case none of the above methods solve the issue, consider unfollowing accounts that consistently provide content suggestions that you find unappealing. By doing so, you can enjoy your Twitter feed without distractions. Remember, unfollowing someone due to their content suggestions is a personal choice that reflects your preferences, not a reflection of any negative sentiment towards them. So, don’t hesitate to unfollow if their contributions no longer align with your interests.
Block Accounts That Persistently Appear
If you prefer not to unfollow certain accounts but want to stop their content suggestions from appearing in your feed, you can block them. Blocking an account ensures that their suggestions will never be displayed and that you won’t see any of their tweets. You can block an account by going to their profile and selecting the ‘Block’ option. Alternatively, you can block accounts from the ‘Who to Follow’ section in your settings, which provides a list of suggested accounts. Next to each account, you’ll find a ‘Block’ option. Clicking on it will prevent that account from appearing in your feed.
Twitter’s search suggestions aim to enhance your browsing experience. However, if you find them intrusive, there are several strategies to resolve the issue. You can clear your search suggestions, remove previously seen suggestions, change the display format, or simply pay no attention to them. Additionally, unfollowing or blocking accounts that consistently provide unwanted suggestions can help make your Twitter feed more enjoyable. Regardless of the method you choose, you’ll soon find that Twitter becomes a space tailored to your interests and preferences.
Q: If I block an account with many followers, will I lose my own followers?
A: No, Twitter will not remove any of your followers if you block an account.
Q: Why do some accounts appear in my search suggestions even though I don’t follow them?
A: Unfortunately, Twitter currently lacks a method to prevent this occurrence. To see fewer suggestions, either unfollow these accounts or block them.
Q: Why can’t I delete a search suggestion?
A: While you can delete all suggestions you’ve seen, those that appeared in your feed within the past 24 hours may persist. To confirm their removal, review your recent searches. If a suggestion still appears, it hasn’t been fully cleared yet.