Manage your recommendations & search results

There are several ways to influence your YouTube recommendations and search results. You can remove specific videos from your watch history and searches from your search history. You can also turn off your watch and search history, or start fresh by deleting your watch and search history.

If you don’t want video recommendations on the homepage, you can delete and turn off your watch 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.
  • Turn off history: You can turn off 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.
  • Delete history: If your entire watch and search histories are no longer relevant to your interests, you can delete your watch and search 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.

Tune your recommendations

Smart TVs, streaming devices, or game consoles

Remove recommended content from homepage

You can remove recommended videos by selecting “Not interested” on your homepage, or from your Home and Watch Next pages on smart TVs, streaming devices, or game consoles:

  1. Go to the recommended video you'd like to remove.
  2. Press and hold the select button on your remote.
  3. Select Not interested.
  4. Select Tell us why to share why you’d like the video removed. You can select I’ve already watched the video, I don’t like the video, or Don’t recommend channel to customize your recommendations.

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 all the “Not interested” and “Don’t recommend channel” feedback you've submitted, please follow the instructions below using your computer, Android, or iPhone or iPad.

Recommendations using your Google Activity

YouTube may also use data from your Google Account activity to influence your recommendations, search results, in-app notifications, and suggested videos in other places.

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

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. Tap Not interested.
  4. Tap Tell us why to share why you’d like the video removed. You can select I’ve already watched the video or I don’t like the video to customize your recommendations.

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 may also use data from your Google Account activity to influence your recommendations, search results, in-app notifications, and suggested videos in other places.

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

Manage liked videos

Your recommendations and search results are also based on videos that you’ve liked. You can like, dislike, and remove liked videos to influence your recommendations and search results.

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