Manage your recommendations and search results

Your activity on YouTube, Google, and Chrome may influence your YouTube search results, recommendations on the homepage, 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 see recommendations you're not interested in, removing a video you watched may reduce the chance that you’ll see similar recommendations.
  • Remove individual searches from your search history: If you see recommendations you're not interested in, removing a search entered may reduce the chance that you’ll see similar recommendations.
  • 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 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, add those videos to a playlist or "Watch Later".

How to improve your YouTube recommendations and search results

Tune your recommendations

Choose topics in your recommendations

You’ll see topics on Home and on watch pages to help you refine your recommendations. These topics are chosen based off your existing, personalized suggestions. These 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: This feature is available only if you’re using the app on your iPhone in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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 mobile:

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

If you don’t want to see videos from a specific channel, 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 all “Not interested” and “Don’t recommend channel” feedback:

  1. Go to My Activity. You might need to sign in to your Google Account.
  2. In the left Menu, find Other Google activity.
  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.

New ways to manage recommendations | Backstage at YouTube

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