View or delete search history

If you're trying to find a particular video you've searched for in the past, you can refer to My Activity

You can also clear your entire search history, remove individual search entries from search suggestions, or pause your search history. 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.

Note: To view or delete what you've previously watched on YouTube, check out My Activity.

Access your search history by selecting My Activity

  • Remove an individual search entry:  Next to the search entry, click Delete
  • Pause your search and watch 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.
  • Delete your search and watch history: Under YouTube History, click Delete activity by  and then Choose the timeframe of the activity you'd like to delete  and then Click Delete at the bottom right of the pop up. 

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 & personalization.
  3. Under "Activity controls," click YouTube History, then click Auto-delete.
  4. Click the auto-delete time-frame you want and then Next and then Confirm to save your auto-delete activity choice.
  5. Click Confirm at the bottom right of the pop up. 

TV, game console, or media streaming box

  1. In the left-hand Menu, go to Settings .
  2. Select Clear search history.
  3. Select the "Clear search history" button.
Note: Not all search history features are available in signed-out mode. Sign in to your account to access all of your search history.

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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