How to Delete Your YouTube History

Last updated: August 25, 2015 - 4:29pm EDT

YouTube keeps track of the videos that you watch and the terms that you search for, so that you can easily get back to them later.  Also, based on your watch and search history, YouTube will also give you suggestions of what you may want to watch next.

However, there are times when your YouTube history is no longer useful, and/or has skewed YouTube's recommendations for you too far away from what you really want to watch.  In that case, it may be time for you to delete your YouTube history.  This tutorial will show you how to do just that.

How to Delete YouTube history

  1. Go to in your web browser and log in.

  2. Click History, either in the left-hand menu (click the icon beside the YouTube logo to show it if it's hidden) or at the bottom of the screen.

  3. By default, YouTube will take you to your Watch History, which is a record of all of the videos that you've watched on YouTube with your current account.

    Click Clear All Watch History to remove all watched videos from your history, or click the "X" beside a video to remove it individually. 

    You can also click Pause Watch History to have YouTube stop keeping a record of videos that you've watched.  This button will change to Resume Watch History if you do so; click this to have YouTube start keeping track of what you've watched again.

  4. You can also delete your YouTube history for terms that you've searched for.  Click Search History to get started.

    Like when deleting your watch history, you can click Clear All Search History to delete the record of everything you've searched on YouTube for with this account.  Additionally, you can delete searches individually by clicking the three dots beside one and then clicking Remove from Search History.

    Finally, you can click Pause Search History to tell YouTube to stop keeping track of what you search for on the website.  This changes the button to Resume Search History; click this if you want YouTube to start saving your search terms again.

That's how to delete your YouTube history if you need to!


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