YouTube is one of the most widely used video-sharing platforms on the internet. It allows users to browse and watch videos on a wide range of topics, from educational tutorials to music videos and everything in between. However, as you search and watch videos on the platform, YouTube records your search history, making it easier for you to find related videos and personalized recommendations. While this can be convenient, there may come a time when you want to clear your YouTube search history for privacy or other reasons. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Open YouTube and sign in to your account
To clear your YouTube search history, you will need to be signed in to your account. Open the YouTube app or go to YouTube.com in your web browser and sign in using your Google account credentials.
Step 2: Access your YouTube history
Once you are signed in to your account, click on the three horizontal lines in the top-left corner of the screen. This will open the YouTube menu. From the menu, select “History.”
Step 3: Choose “Search history”
In the “History” section, you will see a list of all the videos you have watched on YouTube. To clear your search history, click on “Search history.”
Step 4: Clear your search history
On the next screen, you will see a list of all the searches you have made on YouTube. To clear your search history, click on the three vertical dots next to the search you want to delete and select “Remove from search history.”
Alternatively, you can choose “Clear all search history” at the top of the page to delete all of your search history on YouTube.
Step 5: Confirm deletion
When you click on “Remove from search history,” a pop-up window will appear, asking you to confirm that you want to delete the search from your history. Click “OK” to confirm the deletion.
If you choose to clear all of your search history, a pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm that you want to delete all of your search history on YouTube. Click “Clear all search history” to confirm the deletion.
Step 6: Verify that your search history has been cleared
After you have deleted your search history, you can verify that it has been cleared by returning to the “Search history” section of your YouTube history. You should see a message at the top of the page saying, “You haven’t searched for anything yet.” This confirms that your search history has been successfully cleared.
If you want to prevent YouTube from recording your search history in the future, you can turn off your search history. To do this, go to your YouTube history and click on “Manage all activity.” Select “YouTube history” from there and toggle off the “Include history” option.
Clearing your search history on YouTube will not delete your watch history or your subscriptions. If you want to delete your watch history, you will need to do so separately.
If you use YouTube on multiple devices, you will need to clear your search history on each device individually.
The process is similar if you want to clear your search history on the YouTube mobile app. Open the app, tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner, and select “Settings.” Select “History & privacy” from there and then “Clear search history.” You can also turn off your search history from this menu.
Clearing your YouTube search history is a simple process that can help protect your privacy and keep your browsing habits private. By following the steps outlined above, you can easily delete your search history on YouTube and prevent the platform from recording your future searches. Remember to also take advantage of other privacy settings on YouTube and other online platforms to keep your personal information safe and secure.