How to Clear YouTube Watch History

If you didn't already know, you can easily clear your watch history on YouTube, which makes a log of all the videos that you have watched previously. In this tutorial, I will show you how to delete the previously watched videos from your watch history.

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Most website such as YouTube, Facebook and Instagram save your searches and activities for your future use. This is a very handy feature in most cases, but there are also times when you need to delete your history of actions on such sites and start fresh with a clean history, for privacy or any other reason.

If you are a regular user of YouTube, you are most probably watching dozens, if not hundreds, of videos on a daily basis. Sometimes, it is easy to forget to bookmark or like a video that you watched and have difficulty finding that video again in the future. The Watch History in YouTube helps you to find specific videos that you have watched before in cases like this. Though it is definitely a useful feature to have, it is also nice to be able to clear it from time to time.

I talked about how to delete YouTube search history in another post, where I provided simple steps for clearing your previous searches on YouTube. In this post, I will demonstrate how to clear YouTube watch history in a similar way.

TIP: You may also find the following posts useful while deleting your previous actions on websites and web browser that you use:

How to Delete Your Browser History
How to Delete Past Search Results

How to Clear Your Watch History on YouTube

Firstly, I should mention that if you don't have a YouTube account or if you didn't log in while watching the videos, then you shouldn't worry about clearing your YouTube watch history as it is not recorded when you are not logged in. Though, you may still want to clear your browser history as it will still keep track of the web pages you visited including the YouTube videos.

TIP: You can use the private mode (Incognito in Google Chrome) of web browsers in order not to get your browsing activities to be logged. Note that, the websites will still be able to track your activities in private mode, if you are logged in to those websites.

STEP 1: Log in to your account on YouTube.

Once logged in, you will see the left navigation menu as shown in the following image. If you don't see this menu, click the menu icon (three gray horizontal lines) to the left of the YouTube logo.

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STEP 2: Click History option from the navigation menu.

This will open your history page where you can see your Watch History and Search History in separate tabs. You can do three things on the Watch history tab, the first of which is:

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STEP 3: To clear your watch history completely, click Clear all watch history button.

This action will remove all the videos you had watched from your history. Note that this action is unrecoverable, in other words, once you clear your history, there is no way to get it back.

Alternative to completely clearing your watch history, you can remove single videos one by one by pressing the X button (Remove from watch history) to the right of the video. This feature allows you to keep the videos that you want in your history and delete the ones that you don't.

If you think that you will not be needing to keep track of your watched videos, you can also pause your watch history by pressing the Pause watch history button. Once the watch history is paused, none of the videos you watch will be logged here anymore. You can unpause it any time.

TIP: You can also clear your search history on Facebook and Instagram easily as explained in the following posts:

How to Delete Facebook Search History
How to Clear Instagram Search History

This is how you can easily delete YouTube watch history on your account and I hope that you found this tutorial to be helpful. Please share it if you think that others might also find this information helpful.

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