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 afresh 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 that you are not interested in, removing a video that you've 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 that you are not interested in, removing a search query that you've 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 have finished.
  • 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

 

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 of your existing, personalised suggestions and content related to what you interact with, and are meant to help you find content that you want to watch, faster.

If you find a video that isn't related to the topic that you've chosen on Home, please let us know by tapping the menu , and then 'Unrelated to filter'.

Note: This feature is available only if you're using the app in English.

 Remove recommended content from Home page

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

  1. Go to the recommended video that you'd like to remove.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu  next to the video title.
  3. Select 'Not interested'.

You can also make sure that videos from specific channels don't show up again in your recommendations by selecting the menu 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 of the 'Not interested' and 'Don't recommend channel' feedback that you've submitted:

  1. Go to My Activity. You may 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 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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