It’s easy for many of us to go down the burrow of YouTube and start looking for all kinds of interesting and fun videos. Everything you search and watch on YouTube is remembered. The platform uses this data to recommend other videos and nudge you in the direction of specific channels that they think you might like.
But that can be problematic if you don’t want to get recommendations based on your search history. Or you just don’t want anyone else to see the things you searched for on YouTube. That is why we will explain how to clear your YouTube search history from any device.
How to Clear YouTube Search History on iPhone, iPad, and Android
The YouTube app is available for iOS devices and Android devices. The good news is that it is identical on all devices, so the process of clearing history on any of them will be the same. So here is what you need to do to clear search history on YouTube mobile app:
- Launch the YouTube app on your device and tap on the profile picture in the upper right corner. Make sure you are logged into your account.
- Tap “Settings” and then “History & Privacy.”
- Tap “Clear search history.”
- A pop-up screen will appear and you must confirm your choice by tapping “Clear search history”. Or “Cancel” if you’ve changed your mind.
Remember, the search history related to your account will be deleted on all devices.
How to Clear YouTube Search History on Windows, Mac, and Chromebook
Windows, Mac and Chromebook users can enjoy YouTube by accessing it through one of their preferred browsers. All three are compatible with Chrome and Firefox.
But regardless of the browser you are using, the steps to clear your search history remain the same. So, this is how to permanently delete search history in any browser on any operating system.
- Open YouTube in any browser and log into your account.
- On the right side of the screen, under “History Type”, select “Search History”.
- Then select the “Clear all search history” option.
If you don’t want to delete an entire history at once, you can check the search history list and delete individual searches by clicking the “X” next to them.
How to Clear YouTube Search History on TV, Roku, Fire Stick, Xbox, and PS4
When it comes to the YouTube app for smart TVs, game consoles, or streaming media devices, the process is identical. So whichever of these devices you are using to watch YouTube, the following steps will apply:
- Launch the YouTube app.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and select the Settings cogwheel.
- In the pop-up menu, select “Clear search history.”
- Confirm your selection.
And so, the search history connected to your account will be cleared.
How to clear your YouTube watch history
If you want to start from scratch with your YouTube account, you can also delete your watch history. Maybe there are too many things in there already, and you are having a hard time combing them out.
The steps are very similar to the process of clearing your search history. In the YouTube application, you must go to Settings> History and privacy and select “Clear playback history.”
If you are using YouTube through the browser, select “History” from the left panel on the left side of the screen, followed by “Watch history” and then “Clear all watch history.” There is also a little trash can icon next to it.
In the YouTube app on game consoles, smart TVs, and streaming devices, the steps are the same, except that you will select “Clear Watch History” instead of “Clear Search History.”
How to pause search history on YouTube
YouTube offers you the option to pause both your search and your watch history. That means that when you enable this feature, all the videos that you search or watch will not be recorded in your history. And the platform will not use it to give you recommendations.
The “Pause Search History” option on the web and the toggle switch in the YouTube app are in the same location where we previously cleared the search history and watch history. When you are ready to allow YouTube to continue recording your activity, you can disable this feature.
1. How to recover deleted search history from YouTube?
Unfortunately, there is no way to recover deleted search history from YouTube. Once you use the clear all history option, all your searches will be gone forever.
2. What is YouTube’s incognito mode?
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Organize your YouTube history
There are times when you want to clear your entire YouTube history and start over. Other times, all you want to do is delete some items from the list. Maybe someone used your device and you don’t want your watch or search history to affect your future recommendations.
Understanding the YouTube algorithm is complicated enough, but hopefully you now have all the steps you need to manage your YouTube search history, regardless of what device you are using.
What device do you use to watch YouTube? And do you clear your search history frequently? Let us know in the comments below.