View, clear, or pause watch history (signed in)

YouTube watch history makes it easy to find videos you recently watched and improves your video recommendations. You can control your watch history by clearing or pausing your history. Any videos that you watch while history is paused won't show in your history. They also won’t be used to improve your recommendations. 

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View, clear, or pause watch history (signed in)

Sign in and go to myactivity.google.com to find videos that you've viewed on the YouTube app or website while signed in. It also includes videos you've watched in a YouTube player on other websites while signed in to Google Chrome.

Changes you make to your account watch history will be reflected on all devices you sign in to with this account. 

If you've removed any videos from your watch history while your device was offline, it might take a few hours for those changes to sync.
To view or delete what you've previously searched for on YouTube, check out your search history.

Current computer experience

  • Remove a video: To remove a video from your watch history, click Remove  to the right of the video details.
  • Clear watch history: To delete your entire history, click Clear all watch history.
  • Pause watch history: To pause your history, click Pause watch history. Videos viewed while your watch history is paused will not show up in your watch history or influence your recommendations.

Old computer experience 

  • Remove a video: To remove a video from your watch history, click Remove  to the right of the video details.
  • Clear watch history: To delete your entire history, click Clear all watch history.
  • Pause watch history: To pause your history, click Pause watch history

Clear or pause watch history (signed out) 

Even when you're signed out, YouTube improves your recommendations based on the videos you watch on that device. You can clear or pause the history from your device.

Note: To view your watch history on your computer when you’re signed out, select the hourglass at the bottom of any YouTube page.

Search watch history on a computer 

To find videos that you’ve watched before, search your watch history.

  1. Go to your Watch history.
  2. At the top right, go to “Search watch history”.
  3. Type what you're looking for in the box.
  4. Click Search  .

View our other articles for more information about search history and managing your recommendations.

Automatically delete your search and watch history

You can choose to delete your YouTube search and watch history automatically after a certain amount of time.

  1. On your computer, go to your Google Account.
  2. On the top left navigation panel, click Data & personalization.
  3. Under "Activity controls," click YouTube History, then click Manage activity.
  4. At the top right, click More More and then Keep activity for...
  5. Click the button for how long you want to keep your activity and then Next and then Confirm to save your choice.

View or clear your search history

To view or delete what you've previously searched for on YouTube, check out your search history.

If you use YouTube Music

Learn more about how to manage your watch history for YouTube Music here

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