YouTube is a widely popular video platform. It is the second most visited website on the Internet. With over 300 hours of video uploaded every minute, users never run out of content to watch on the YouTube app and website. It is completely normal to binge on the most random videos at 3 am and then dozing off. You can clear off the YouTube watch history by going to the settings on Android and iOS powered devices.
Deleting YouTube history on phones is relatively straight-forward. You will need to access the YouTube app on the phone.
First, we will learn to delete YouTube history on Android devices.
Step 1. Open the YouTube app on your phone. Tap on your profile picture, which is situated on the top-right corner of the screen.
Step 2. Now head to the Settings, which is given at the bottom of the screen. You are now in the Setting dashboard. Tap on the History and privacy option.
Clear watch history: Tapping on it will clear your account’s watch history from all devices with the account logged in. It will also include the stories viewed by you.
Clear search history: Tap on it and your searches will be cleared from devices associated with the account.
Step 3. Tapping on any of the above options will prompt a confirmation screen. Confirm the selection, and your watch history will be deleted.
For scenarios where you wish to remove certain items from the YouTube history, you can rely on the Library’s history section.
You can head to the home of the YouTube app. Then tap on the Library icon from the bottom of the screen. You are now in the Library; tap on History. There you can see your YouTube history laid out.
There you will find watch history. Browse through the videos watched or take benefit of the search bar. Tap on the three-dot vertical icon next to a video. A menu will appear on the screen.
Select the option Remove from Watch history, and it will instantly remove your watch history.
Clear YouTube Watch History on any of your iOS devices by following the simple tutorial given below. The steps for iOS are virtually the same as for Android.
Step 1. Open the YouTube app from the app library or the shortcut on the home screen. Head to the account dashboard by tapping on your display picture. It is situated on the rightwards corner at the top.
Step 2. After that, tap on Settings, which will take you to the settings section of the app.
Step 3. Now scroll down to the bottom to the History and privacy section. You will find the two options- Clear watch history and Clear Search history. Select either of them and acknowledge when the confirmation prompt appears.
You have successfully deleted History on an iPhone or any iOS device, for that matter.
Here are a few tips that may come in handy while dealing with your YouTube history.
Deleting your search/watch history is a blanket solution. What if you want to stop History from recording your activity for a limited period.
That’s where the pause feature comes in handy. You hit the pause button, and the History will not be recorded until you turn it off.
Before moving forward, we have to talk about the Incognito mode. It is similar to pause but for quick YouTube sessions minus the watch history.
Here is how you do it on the Android phone. The steps are similar for iOS devices as well.
Ste p1. Head to the Settings section of the app. Access the History and privacy section. Tap on either of the options or turn the slider button to the right. pause watch history or pause search history.
Step 2. You will be prompted with a confirmation popup. Tap on the pause button to confirm.
Now your watch/search history won’t be recorded until you turn off the pause function.
There are few things to keep in mind while deleting your YouTube history on the phone.
Once the History has been cleaned, it cannot be restored. There are no trash/recycle bins where it goes after you clean it.
Even if you delete and then pause your watch history, your ISP, other intermediaries(VPN, proxy) can see your Internet activity.
Sometimes the history data may become cumbersome to deal with—especially when used by multiple people on a single account.
You can choose to auto-delete History every 3 to 36 months automatically.
Head to the Library from the bottom of your YouTube app’s home screen. There you will find the entire watch history along with the option to search for specific items.
We discussed easy ways to delete YouTube search history with the easy steps for both iOS and Android. When you have some history that you don’t want people to discover, there is always the pause button to take a break from History. Incognito mode is a blessing in disguise, available at the drop of a hat.
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