How to Find Recent Searches in the Photos App on iPhone

Here's how to view the recent search history for your photo searches in just a few easy steps!

Apple's Photos app not only lets users search photos in several convenient ways, but also to view and clear their recent searches. If you want to find your recent photo search results, here's how!

Related: How to Search for Objects in the Photos App on the iPhone & iPad

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • See all your recent photo searches quickly, in one place. 
  • If you frequently look for the same search terms, navigate to the Recently Searched section and tap the word or phrase rather than starting a new search.

How to See & Clear Recent Photo Searches on Your iPhone & iPad

Recently Searched is the section in the Photos app where the last few photo searches you entered into the Search bar are saved. Here's how to find and clear this section:

  1. Open the Photos app.

    apple photos app
  2. Tap the Search tab, then scroll down to the Recently Searched section.

    search tab iphone photos app
  3. To see the results of a recent search, tap it. 

    tap recent search result
  4. To delete your recent search history, tap Clear

    delete recent search history in photos
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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.