How to Clear your YouTube History

How to Clear your YouTube History

Updated on August 21, 2021

Do you know that when you watch or search for videos on YouTube while you're logged into your Google account, those watched or searched videos are stored in your account history? Yes, YouTube is tracking all what you're viewing and what you're searching for on the red site.

Well, is this a privacy issue? Perhaps it is. What if those information ends up in the wrong hands by a way or another? It may happen, especially if you're sharing your computer and your devices with family members and friends. So, it may be better to get rid of your YouTube history to secure your digital and personal life.

Are you ready? If so, read the instructions below to find out how to clear your YouTube search and watch history on both computer and phone.

1. How to Clear Your YouTube History on Computer or Laptop?

1

Go to YouTube.com and log into your account, if you haven't logged in already.

2

Click the three lines icon (Menu) at the top left of any YouTube page then choose History tab.

YouTube History Tab
3

From the right side, click MANAGE ALL HISTORY - Watch and search history

MANAGE ALL HISTORY Watch and search history
4

In the Google My Activity page, scroll down a bit and you should see a list of all the searches you've done and all the videos you've watched on YouTube.

5

To remove an individual item (Search or Watch history), just click the X icon to the far right of it.

Remove Individual Item
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To remove all your YouTube search and watch history at once, click the button that says Delete

Google My Activity Delete Button
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In the popup window that appears, select All time, then in the next popup, click the Delete button to confirm the deletion of all your search and watch history.

Google My Activity - All time
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If you would like to pause your search history as well as watch history and stop YouTube from remembering what you search for and you watch in the future, click on Saving activity.

Pause YouTube Search and watch history
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Next, click the switch next to YouTube History to turn it off.

Turn the Switch Off
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Finally, to complete the process, click on the Pause button at the bottom right of the popup window, then click Close.

pause-youtube-history

That's it! that's how you clear your search and watch history on YouTube via computer or laptop. If you'd like to clear your YouTube history using the YouTube app for Android or iPhone, please follow the steps described below.

2. How to Clear Your YouTube History on Phone?

1

Open the YouTube app on your Android or iPhone device and log into your account, if needed.

2

Tap on your profile icon at the top right of your screen.

YouTube app profile icon
3

Tap on the Settings option at the bottom of the page.

YouTube App Settings
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Next, tap on History & privacy.

History & privacy
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To clear your search history, tap on Clear search history.

Clear search history
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In the popup window, tap CLEAR SEARCH HISTORY.

CLEAR SEARCH HISTORY
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if you would like to pause the search history, tap the switch next to Pause search history.

Pause search history
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To clear your watch history, tap Clear watch history.

Clear watch history
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In the popup window, tap CLEAR WATCH HISTORY.

CLEAR WATCH HISTORY
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To pause the watch history and stop YouTube from remembering what you watch in the future, tap the switch next to Pause watch history.

Pause watch history

That's it! That's how you clear your YouTube search and watch history using the mobile app.

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