If you use YouTube frequently, you probably do a lot of searches for different types of videos. However, just because you want to watch a certain video once doesn’t necessarily mean you want to have the site give you suggestions of other videos to watch based on that search. If you share your YouTube account with someone else, you may also not want others to see what you’ve searched for. Luckily, if you don’t want to delete your account altogether, there’s an easy way to remove things from your YouTube search history.
Here’s what we’ll be covering in this tutorial:
Let’s start out by talking about why you should clear out your search history on YouTube.
These are some great reasons we think it’s a good idea to delete your YouTube search history. If you want to take other steps to increase your privacy on YouTube, check out our YouTube privacy article. Next, we’re going to explain how to clear YouTube history on a variety of devices. The first device we’ll be showing instructions for will be your computer.
Launch your favorite browser on your computer. Then, open the YouTube.com website.
Now you can sign in to your YouTube account by entering your email address and password.
Once you’ve logged in to your account, access the main YouTube menu by clicking the Menu icon (3 horizontal lines) in the top left corner of the window.
When the menu pops open on the left side of your screen, click History under the “Library” section.
There are a few different categories of history for various activity on your YouTube account. Select Search History on the right side to specify that that’s what you want to review.
You will see a list come up with all of the words and phrases you’ve searched for on YouTube. If you want to delete certain search items one-by-one, simply click the X button beside each item you want to remove. If you’d like to clear out the list entirely, click Clear All Search History.
Pretty quick and easy, right? We think so! This method will work with both Mac and PC computers which is also great. If you don’t care to use the account-exclusive features like subscribing and liking videos, you can simply browse YouTube on desktop without signing in to your account, so you won’t have any history to delete. The next set of instructions we’ll be demonstrating will show you how to clear search history on iPhone’s YouTube app.
On your iOS device’s home screen, tap the YouTube icon to start up the YouTube mobile app. You can do this on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. If you haven’t already downloaded the app, you can get it for free from the iTunes Store.
Download the YouTube app: iOS
Now that you have the YouTube app open on your iOS device, access the app menu by tapping your profile icon at the top right side of your screen.
When the iOS YouTube menu opens, tap Settings from the menu to access your app and account settings.
Under the “Privacy” section of the settings page, select Clear Search History. There are some other options in this section that look similar, so be careful to select the one for “search history” and not “watch history” to ensure you don’t erase the wrong information.
YouTube will double check that you really want to erase your search history, so you can confirm the deletion of it by tapping Clear History.
That’s all it takes to erase search history for YouTube on iOS. If you have an Android device, we’ll show you how you can clear your history with the Android app next.
Tap the YouTube app icon on your Android’s home screen to launch the app. If you haven’t installed the YouTube app yet, you can get it for free from the Google Play Store.
Download the YouTube app: Android
In the top right corner of your Android screen, you’ll need to tap the circular icon of your profile picture to access the app’s menu.
Now that the main menu of the YouTube app for Android is open on your screen, first select Settings, then tap History & Privacy to get to that section.
To delete your entire history, select Clear Search History on your screen.
Now that we’ve finished off all our sets of instructions, you can easily erase your YouTube search history on any device you may have. To learn more about the site in general, head over to our free YouTube course. To find out about other awesome sites like YouTube, you can find out about the best ones in the Video and Image section of our site.
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