Reels turned out to be a huge success for Instagram ever since the social media app introduced them with an aim to copy TikTok's video features that are ultra-popular among the young generations.
If you love scrolling through Instagram Reels, you know what we are talking about. The eye-catching, fun and fast-paced videos are favorite among users. People love swiping up trending and exciting reel videos. What makes Reels even more exciting is that they are so intriguing - you don’t know what’s coming up next, keeping users engaged.
However, as easy as it is to scroll through Reels, if you accidentally swiped up on a Reel and want to watch it again, you can’t find it in your feed again.
Instagram doesn’t offer any built-in feature to see your Instagram Reels watch history. But this doesn’t mean it’s totally impossible to find an old Reel you saw on Instagram.
In this post, we’ll share several tricks you can try to find your Instagram Reel watch history.
There are several solutions that can help you find your Instagram Reels history, and we’ll start with the simplest ones.
Try to remember the username of the person who posted the Reel. If you do remember it, type in their username in the search bar, go to their Instagram profile and open the Reels tab on their profile. Here you’ll find the Reel you watched earlier.
If you don’t remember the username, you can try searching for the sounds and effects used in the reel if you remember them. However, even if you find the sound, you have to browse through hundreds of Reels to find the one you watched. So this is not a practical solution that much.
This is the most effective and reliable method to find you previously watched Instagram Reels.
Instagram stores all your account data and activity, including the Reels you’ve watched. And luckily, you can request to download your Instagram data.
To request your account data on a phone:
Note: Instagram doesn’t send your account data immediately. As they state on the last page, it may take up to 48 hours for Instagram to collect this data and send it to your email.
Bonus read: How to Find Older Posts on Instagram [4 Easy Ways]
If you have a habit of saving posts on Instagram, you might try to find the Reel you’ve watched there. To find your saved posts:
You might also try to find the Reel in posts you’ve liked on Instagram in case you have also liked the Reel.
To find your liked posts:
You might also be interested in reading how to find a reel you saw on Facebook.