Manage your recommendations and search results

Your activity on YouTube, Google, and Chrome may influence your YouTube search results, recommendations on the Home page, in-app notifications, and suggested videos among other places. 

There are several ways to influence these recommendations and search results. You can remove specific videos from your watch history and searches from your search history. You can also pause your watch and search history, or start fresh by clearing your watch and search history.

Watch history and search history

  • Remove individual videos from your watch history: If you notice recommendations on a subject you're not interested in, try removing a video you previously watched on that topic. It may reduce the chance of similar recommendations in the future.
  • Remove individual searches from your search history: If you notice recommendations on a subject you're not interested in, try removing a previous search on that topic. It may reduce the chance of similar recommendations in the future.
  • Pause history: You can pause your watch or search history when you don't want your watches or searches to influence future recommendations and search results. For example, when you're researching a subject for a school project that you aren’t personally interested in. Remember to resume your history when you’re done.
  • Clear history: If your entire watch and search histories are no longer relevant to your interests, you can clear your search and watch histories. Tip: If you want to use your watch history to re-watch some videos, try adding those videos to a playlist or "Watch Later" to find them again easily.

How to improve your YouTube recommendations and search results

Tune your recommendations

 

Choose topics in your recommendations

If you’re signed in, you’ll notice topics on Home and on watch pages to help you refine your recommendations. These topics are chosen based on your existing, personalized suggestions. The topics are also based on content related to what you interact with. These topics are meant to help you find content you want to watch faster.

If you find a video that isn’t related to the topic you’ve chosen on Home, let us know by tapping More  and then “Not <topic>.”

Note: You may have to update to the latest app version to see these features.

Remove recommended content from homepage

To remove recommended videos from your Home and Watch Next pages on mobile:

  1. Go to the recommended video you'd like to remove.
  2. Tap More  next to the video title.
  3. Select Not interested.

You can also make sure that videos from specific channels don't show up in your recommendations. Select More  and then “Don’t recommend channel”.

Clear “Not interested” and “Don’t recommend channel” feedback

Your “Not Interested” and “Don’t recommend channel” feedback may be used to tune your recommendations. To clear the “Not interested” and “Don’t recommend channel” feedback you've submitted:

  1. Go to My Activity. You might need to sign in to your Google Account.
  2. Find Other Google activity in the left-hand Menu or under the My Activity banner.
  3. Select "YouTube 'Not interested' feedback", then select Delete.

View our other articles for more info about watch history, search history, and improving your recommendations.

Recommendations using your Google Activity

YouTube uses data from your Google account activity to influence your recommendations.

You can view and control your activity at myactivity.google.com. Learn more about controlling activity for your Google Account.

Manage playlists and liked videos

Your recommendations and search results are also based on videos that you’ve liked and playlists that you’ve created. You can remove liked videos and edit or delete playlists to influence your recommendations and search results.

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