Here’s How to Reset Your Instagram Explore Feed (2021)

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Instagram has the explore feature. It is a feature that lets you discover popular Instagram content based on the interest of people you follow.

If you don’t like them and clear the feed, here’s how to reset your Instagram explore feed very easily.

Instagram is really a good platform to search for new content. Unlike other social media apps, Instagram provides algorithmic feeds called “explore feed” that shows a lot of variety of contents you might like.

However, the problems come when you don’t really like some of the content in your explore feed. You may find them inappropriate, out of your niche, and other reasons that you want to remove those contents from the feed.

Instagram explore works by collecting the activities of people you follow. If they like the post, the post would show on your explore feed instantly, despite the Instagram post’s unpopularity.

The same works if they save, comment, or share the post.

Last but not least is that Instagram explore works by tracking your own activities on every Instagram post you’ve liked, commented, saved, or shared.

The more you engage in interaction in a post from Instagram explore feed, the more likely you will see similar posts in the explore feed.

The activities include your search history, either profile or tag. Instagram collects them as niche of contents you might like the most. This can be controlled easily by you. We’ll talk about it later on.

Why you may or may not need to reset explore feed on Instagram

Resetting your Instagram explore feed isn’t really a good idea since the contents you will see on the explore feed, later on, will be raw because Instagram doesn’t have enough knowledge about what kind of posts you would like.

However, that’s different for others who experience inaccuracy of Instagram explore feed algorithm.

For example, some people might find they have a lot of workout posts in their Instagram explore feed. Even though they’re not working out or having any interest in working out.

There are lots of people experiencing the same thing. They find a lot of posts that don’t match their activities on Instagram.

So, what is the solution?

There are really no perfect solutions to this problem. But, there is at least something you can do about it.

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How to reset your Instagram explore feed manually by marking posts you don’t like

Instagram has this feature to make sure they know better about your interest in the type of posts you might like on the platform.

Even though you have to do this manually, that’s still better than doing nothing about your explore feed, which eventually, leads to a bad mood while using Instagram.

Keep in mind that Instagram’s explore feed is algorithmic. This means everything shows on it is automatically picked.

You really can’t do anything more than just marking posts you don’t like. But doing this really makes the algorithm understand you even better.

Open your Instagram app. Go to the Explore. Find one post you don’t like. Then tap the kebab (three-dots) button at the top of the picture/video.

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Now, tap Not Interested in This Post. This will mark the post you don’t like.

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Instagram will then show you a message that the post has been hidden. They will show fewer posts like that in the future.

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If you do this diligently enough, you probably can control everything that will show on your Instagram explore feed. You can teach the algorithm to get better at understanding your needs.

Resetting your Instagram explore feed manually can take time. If you want to know how you can do that better and quicker, you can read the next method.

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How to reset Instagram explore page by clearing search history

Clearing search history isn’t a new thing to reset the algorithm from recognizing your previous activities. Amazon has it to delete Amazon order history and prime video history. You can also clear search history on Instagram to reset the explore feed algorithm.

Instagram has simple methods to reset your explore feed by clearing the search history. The first way is by deleting it manually from a specific profile and tag.

The second one is by deleting all of the search histories completely.

To do this, just open the Instagram app. Go to your profile. Tap the hamburger button at the top. Tap Settings.

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Now, just tap Security. Then tap Search History.

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Instagram will then show you a complete list of search history. Now, to reset your Instagram explore feed, tap the X button to clear the search history.

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You can also clear all of them completely by tapping Clear All. Choose Clear All to confirm. This will reset the explore feed easily.

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This method probably works at some point. You might still find posts on your Instagram explore feed that is not relevant to you.

To solve this completely, you can reset your explore page or feed by clearing the cache of the Instagram app.

How to reset explore posts by clearing the cache of the Instagram app

Instagram doesn’t provide its own method to clear the cache of course. You have to do it through the Settings app of your device. You can do this easily on Android and iPhone.

This tutorial however will use Android as an example.

Open your Settings app on Android. Scroll down a little, then tap Manage Apps. Wait for a second, the list will load and show the Instagram app. Choose the app.

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Then, scroll down a little bit and tap Clear Data. Tap Clear Cache to reset your Instagram explore feed instantly.

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Tap OK to confirm.

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Customize explore page by reflecting on your activities and people you follow

If your Instagram explore page is messy, you were likely to use Instagram too heavily. \

If you are always following any Instagram account even if you don’t really like it, liking all Instagram posts you might really don’t like, etc, blaming Instagram explore page is unnecessary.

Instagram explore feed algorithm depends on your activities. If your activities consist of all not-so-good Instagram accounts and posts, Instagram will show similar stuff on the explore page.

A solution: clear follower. You can remove Instagram followers easily by going to your profile, tapping the follower list, then tapping Remove to accounts you don’t really like to follow.

The other solution: stop liking all pictures or videos you see on Instagram. Try liking only the things you really like and want to see again in the future.

The last thing: follow tags you like on Instagram. If you’re interested in working out, you can follow #workout or something like that. Instagram will then show those posts on the explore page instantly.

Instagram has really unique features, like explore page or feed. But that feature isn’t perfect and you might find it inaccurate. You can reset Instagram explore feed or page using the methods above so you can start all right activities you want Instagram to understand about you.

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