In the wake of the internet, several social media platforms such as Facebook, X (Twitter), Reddit, and LinkedIn came to the limelight. TikTok came on board sometime later but has become a captivating platform for short-form videos, entertaining millions globally.
Apart from the entertainment angle, many people make their livelihood from social media platforms; for instance, the followers and likes on your Instagram page can be a source of unthinkable financial resources; some organizations are building apps to help people build free followers and likes. Incidentally, as you browse and visit different social media platforms, you leave a large volume of data bordering on your search history.
Your search history can tell a great deal about you, and if your data falls into the wrong hands, they can utilize the information to damage your reputation. The best option for you is to delete your search history periodically.
Looking at Reddit as an example, the social media platform has become popular over the years; millions of users post and comment on various topics daily. Deleting your Reddit history may be due to reasons like security or privacy concerns, building a new Reddit page, or because you have some embarrassing posts on your page.
If any of the above reasons is why you want to delete your Reddit history, you must learn how to go about it step-by-step. Unlike some social media platforms, Reddit does not allow users to delete their whole post or comment history together; instead, you delete each post or comment separately.
If you have several posts and comments on your page, deleting them one by one can be time-consuming, but you must do it to ensure a total erasure of your Reddit history. There are different procedures for deleting Reddit history on Android, iPhone, and the web browser; generally, the steps you take are as follows:
The first step is to log in to your Reddit account; this enables you to access your posts and comments history. Then, you click on your username (which the screen will display at the top-right-hand corner) and the “Profile” option from the drop-down menu.
The tasks will take you to your Reddit profile page, where you will have all your posts and comments on display. If you want to view the summary of your Reddit activity, click on the “Overview” tab. The next step is to delete Reddit history (posts and comments).
Pick the post or comment you want to delete and click on it; locate the “Delete” button at the bottom of the post and click on it. You will get a prompt to confirm you want to delete the post permanently.
Once you delete a post, you will also delete all the comments that go with the post. You need to copy and paste any comment you don’t want to delete along with the post before deleting.
If it’s the comments you want to delete, you click on a particular comment to open it; you go on to locate the “Delete” button at the bottom of the comment. A prompt asks for confirmation before deleting the comment permanently; however, deleting a comment does not mean you will delete the accompanying replies; if you want to delete the comment and the replies, you must delete the replies discretely.
To ensure you delete all your posts and comments, you have to go through the above process for each post and comment; you may see the task as daunting, especially if you have many posts and comments on your page, but there are no shortcuts to delete Reddit history. If you don’t delete discretely, you won’t achieve a total erasure of your Reddit search history.
What you may consider a shortcut to deleting Reddit search history is to close your Reddit account completely and open another account; you can close your Reddit account by going to the “User Setting” option in the drop-down menu that appears under your username; you click on “Deactivate Account” option and follow the set of instructions.
If you don’t intend to lose your Reddit account, this may not be the best option for you; closing a Reddit account is a permanent action; you will delete all posts and comments and won’t have access to the account again.
Alternatively, if you use a web browser and want to clear your Reddit search history, you simply clear your browser’s cookies. Clearing your browser’s cookies will imply clearing any other saved data. If you just try to clear your history on the Reddit web browser, you only succeed in removing your view history – it does not clear your comments, saved posts, or upvoted and downvoted posts.
Deleting your Reddit history can be time-consuming, but it is a task you must embark upon if you want to completely erase your Reddit search history and activity on the app. If you don’t want to close your Reddit account and open a new one, you must delete your posts and the comments discretely.