Have you ever scrolled through Instagram Reels, seen something amazing, then accidentally swiped away before you could like or save it? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us! The good news is, there are a couple of ways to track down those elusive Reels, even if you didn’t directly interact with them.

This blog post will act as your guide, exploring the methods available to unearth your recently watched Reels and relive the fun (or maybe the cringe!).

1. Digging Through Your Activity Log: Likes and Comments are Your Friends

While Instagram doesn’t offer a dedicated “watch history” feature, you can leverage your “Your Activity” section. This is where Instagram stores your past interactions with content, including likes, comments, and saved posts. Here’s how to find it:

  • Open the Instagram app and navigate to your profile page.
  • Tap the three horizontal lines in the top right corner.
  • Select “Your Activity” from the menu.

Within “Your Activity,” you’ll see different tabs like “Likes” and “Comments.” If you remember liking or commenting on the Reel you’re searching for, simply explore these sections. Reels you’ve interacted with will be displayed chronologically, making it easier to spot the one you’re looking for.

Keep in mind: This method only works if you actively engaged with the Reel. If you just watched it passively, you’ll need to try the next strategy.

2. Explore the Power of Saved Collections (For Reels You Bookmarked)

Did you know you can save Reels to collections you create? While this might not directly help you find Reels you passively watched, it’s a fantastic way to organize Reels you stumble upon and want to revisit later.

  • Look for the bookmark icon (it resembles a small flag) on the bottom right corner while watching a Reel.
  • Tapping this icon lets you save the Reel to a new or existing collection.

To access your saved Reels collections:

  • Go to your profile page.
  • Below your bio, tap the “Saved” tab (represented by a bookmark icon).
  • Here you’ll see all your saved Reels categorized by collection.

Remember: Saving Reels requires a proactive approach, but it’s a great solution for Reels you want to come back to in the future.

Bonus Tip: Utilize Search Function (Limited Effectiveness)

While not a guaranteed solution, you can try using Instagram’s search function. If you recall specific keywords or details from the Reel, enter them in the search bar. There’s a chance that the search engine might pick up on relevant Reels based on these keywords.

Instagram Reels Watch History: Coming Soon?

Many users have expressed a desire for a dedicated Reels watch history feature. While Instagram hasn’t confirmed anything yet, there’s always the possibility of such a feature being introduced in the future.


Finding recently watched Reels on Instagram can be a bit tricky, but with the methods explained above, you have a fighting chance of rediscovering those hidden gems. Remember, liking, commenting, or saving Reels are your best bets for easy access later.

So, the next time you encounter an awesome Reel, don’t hesitate to interact with it! It might save you from a future frantic search through your Instagram activity. Happy Reeling!