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.

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

  • Remove an individual search entry: Select the X to the right of the search entry. 
  • Delete your entire search history: Select Clear all search history.
  • Pause your search history: Select Pause search history. This option will keep searches from being saved until search 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 navigation panel, click Data & personalisation.
  3. Under 'Activity controls', click YouTube History, then click Manage activity.
  4. In the top-right corner, click More More and then Keep activity for…
  5. Click the button for how long you want to keep your activity and then Next and then Confirm to save your choice.

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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