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If you're trying to find a particular video you have searched for in the past, search history may help. Your YouTube search history lets you view your previous search queries on YouTube. Your YouTube and Google search history also influence the recommendations that you see on your Home.

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Note: You can access your search history within the YouTube app via the instructions below. Your search history is also saved in your Google Account if Videos you search for on YouTube is turned on. To view and control your saved activity, visit My Activity .

You're in control — you can clear your entire search history, remove individual search entries from search suggestions, or pause your search history.

  • Search entries you delete will no longer influence your recommendations.
  • After clearing your search history, your past searches will no longer show as suggestions in the search box.
  • Search queries you enter while your search history is paused will not be saved in your search history. 

Keep in mind that any searches you make while logged in to your account will appear in your account's search history across devices.

Note: To view or delete what you've previously watched on YouTube, check out your watch history.
There are two versions of the YouTube desktop experience, the current version and the old version. Follow the instructions for the experience you have.

Current desktop experience

Access your search history by selecting History in the Guide  and selecting Search history.

  • Remove an individual search entry: Select the X to the right of the search entry to remove it from the Search History.
  • Delete your entire search history: Select Clear all search history to delete your entire search history.
  • Pause your search history: Select Pause search history to pause your search history.

Old desktop experience

Access your search history by selecting History in the Guide  and selecting the Search history tab.

  • Remove an individual search entry: Select the X to the right of the search entry to remove it from the Search History.
  • Delete your entire search history: Select Clear all search history to delete your entire search history.
  • Pause your search history: Select Pause search history to pause your search history.

TV, game console, or media streaming box

  1. Select the Search icon
  2. Select Clear search history
Note: Not all search history features are available in signed-out mode. Please sign in to your account to access all of search history.

View our other articles for more information about watch history, removing recommended content, and improving your recommendations.

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