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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.

Remove recommended content from Home page

You can remove recommended content by selecting "Not interested" on your home page. Removing recommended content influences how YouTube suggests videos to you in the future.

If you've changed your mind about your interests or just want to start over, you can clear your "Not interested" feedback. This can be useful if you’ve removed recommendations by mistake or if your tastes in videos change.

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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