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 your search history.

You can also clear your entire search history, remove individual search entries from search suggestions, or pause your search history. A few things 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.
  • Search queries 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 your watch history.

Follow the instructions below for the YouTube app or mobile site.

YouTube app

Pause search history

To pause search history for your account, go to your profile picture  and then Settings and then History & privacy and toggle Pause search history.

Delete individual searches

  1. Tap Search .
  2. Swipe left on the search entry you'd like to delete.
  3. Tap Delete.

Clear search history

To clear search history for your account, go to your profile picture  and then Settings and then History & privacy and tap Clear search history.

Mobile site

Pause search history

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

Delete individual searches

To delete individual search entries from your search history when you’re signed in with your account:

  1. Go to your Account tab  and then History and then Search history.
  2. Select More  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 your Account tab  and then History and then Search history and tap Clear all search history.

TV, game console, or media streaming box

  1. Select Search .
  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 your search history.

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

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