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 queries from your search history, 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 see recommendations on a subject you are not interested in, removing a video you previously watched on that topic may reduce the chance that you’ll see similar recommendations in the future.
  • Remove individual queries from your search history: If you see recommendations on a subject you are not interested in, removing a search query you previously entered on that topic may reduce the chance that you’ll see similar recommendations in the future.
  • Pause history: You can pause your watch or search history when you do not want your watches or searches to influence future recommendations and search results. For example, when you are 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 recommendations aren't relevant to your interests, you can clear your search and watch histories. Tip: If you use your watch history to re-watch videos, you may want to add 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

Remove recommended content from Home page

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The following recommended content can be removed from the Home page on your computer:

  • Videos
  • Channels
  • Sections
  • Playlists

To remove a recommended video from your homepage:

  1. Hover over the recommended video or the X for a section you’d like to remove.
  2. Select the menu  next to the title of the video or playlist.
  3. Select “Not interested” to remove the video from your feed.

You can also make sure that videos from specific channels don’t show up again in your recommendations by selecting the menu  and then Not interested and then TELL US WHY and then “I’m not interested in this channel”.

Clear “Not interested” feedback

Your “Not Interested” feedback may be used to tune your recommendations. To clear all of the “Not interested” 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 menu on the left hand or under the My Activity banner.
  3. Select "YouTube 'Not interested' feedback," then select Delete.

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

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.

New ways to manage recommendations | Backstage at YouTube

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