View or delete search history

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 search history also influences the recommendations that you see on your Home.

Note: You can access your search history within the YouTube app via the instructions below, or by going to history.google.com .

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 YouTube 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.

 

Android

Pause search history

To pause search history for your account, go to Menu > Settings > Privacy and toggle Pause search history.

Delete individual searches

You can delete individual searches from your search history when you’re signed in with your account by following these steps:

  1. Tap the search icon
  2. Tap and hold a suggested search result with the history icon next to it.
  3. Tap Remove on the pop-up asking if you want to remove this entry from your search history.

Clear your entire search history

To clear search history for your account, go to Menu  > Settings > Privacy and tap Clear search history.

iOS

Pause search history

To pause search history for your account, go to Menu  > Settings > Privacy and toggle Pause search history.

Clear search history

To clear search history for your account, go to Menu  > Settings > Privacy and toggle Clear search history.

Mobile site

Pause search history

To pause search history for your account, go to Account > History > Search history and tap Pause

Delete individual searches

You can delete individual search entries from your search history when you’re signed in with your account by following these steps:

  1. Go to Account > History > Search history
  2. Select the menu  to the right of the search query and choose Remove from Search history.

Clear search history

To clear search history for your account, go to  Account > History > Search history and tap Clear all.

Computer

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

  • Remove an individual search entry: Select the menu  to the right of the search query and choose Remove from 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
Select the Search icon and then 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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