View or delete search history

If you're trying to find a particular video that 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 notes to consider:

  • Search entries that 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 that 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, take a look at your watch history.

YouTube app and mobile site

Pause search history

To pause search history for your account, tap on your profile picture   and then Settings and then History and privacy and turn on Pause search history.

Delete individual searches

To delete individual searches from your search history when you're signed in with your account:

  1. Tap Search  .
  2. Tap and hold a suggested search result with the History icon next to it.
  3. Tap Remove on the pop-up.

Clear your entire search history

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

TV, games 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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