View or delete your YouTube search history

You can find your YouTube search history from the My Activity page. From there, you can:

  • View your search history
  • Search your search history to find a specific video
  • Clear your entire search history
  • Remove individual searches from search suggestions
  • Pause your search history
Note: To view or delete what you've previously watched on YouTube, check out My Activity.

A few notes to consider:

  • 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.
  • Searches you enter while your search history is paused will not be saved in your search history.

If you've removed any videos from your watch history while your device was offline, it might take a few hours for those changes to sync.

Delete individual searches

Go to My Activity and then Next to the search that you want to delete, click Delete .

Clear your search history

Go to My Activity and then Click Delete activity by… and then Choose the timeframe of the activity that you'd like to delete and then Click Delete at the bottom right of the pop-up.

Pause your search history

Click Saving activity  then click the On/Off button to turn off. This option will keep what you watch and search for from being saved, until search and watch history is re-enabled.

Automatically delete your search and watch history

You can choose to delete your YouTube search and watch history automatically after a certain amount of time.

  1. On your computer, go to your Google Account.
  2. On the top left panel, click Data & privacy.
  3. Under "History Settings" click YouTube History.
  4. Click the auto-delete time-frame you want and then Next and then Got it at the bottom right of the pop-up to save your auto-delete activity choice.

TV, game console, or media streaming box

Pause your search history

  1. In the left-hand Menu, go to Settings .
  2. Select Pause search history.
  3. Select the Pause search history button.

Clear your search history

  1. In the left-hand Menu, go to Settings .
  2. Select Clear search history.
  3. Select the Clear search history button.

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

Search in Incognito Mode

If you browse in incognito mode, your search history won’t be saved. Learn more about Incognito Mode.

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