How To Clear YouTube History

If you’ve ever been embarrassed after watching a YouTube video that you wouldn’t want anyone else to see, or if you just want to keep your online activity more private, this article will cover exactly how to clear your history on YouTube (both search and watch).

You can clear individual videos/searches, bulk videos/searches within a timeframe, and even your entire YouTube search and watch history.

Here’s a quick overview of how to clear your YouTube history:

  1. Open YouTube and tap on history on the left.
  2. Select “Manage all history” on the right.
  3. To delete your entire YouTube history, tap “Delete” and then “Delete all time.”
  4. Tap “Delete” again to confirm the deletion.

Clearing your YouTube history is possible by using YouTube in a browser on a desktop, as well as from within the YouTube App on iOS/Android.

In this article, we’ll cover the step-by-step method across all of these devices.

How To Clear YouTube History On Desktop

If you are using a desktop device, follow these steps to clear your YouTube History.

Step 1: Login To YouTube

Open YouTube.com in a browser and log into your account.

Step 2: Select “History”

From the menu on the left, select “History.”

Select History on YouTube

Step 3: Select “Manage all history”

Now on the right, select “Manage all history,” and a new tab will open.

Select manage all history

Step 4: Select “Delete”

Tap on “Delete,” and a dropdown menu will appear with options to delete your history for specific time frames.

How to clear youtube history on desktop

You can select today, your entire YouTube history, or you can set a custom time range.

Step  5: Confirm Deletion

Once you select one of the options (or enter your time frame), you will be prompted to confirm the deletion.

Tap delete to confirm deletion of your youtube history

Tap the “Delete” button to confirm.

Note: You can also use the YouTube Auto-delete feature, from which you have three options to choose, three months, 18 months, and 36 months. If you select three months, YouTube will auto-delete your history after three months, and so on.

This can be useful if you want to manage your YouTube privacy automatically.

How To Clear Your History From The YouTube App

Clearing your YouTube history from the YouTube App follows a similar process and is the same for both iPhones and Android devices.

This is how to clear YouTube history on mobile.

Step 1: Login To YouTube

Open the YouTube App on your device and log into your account.

Step 2: Tap Your Profile Picture And Then “Settings”

In the top right of the screen, tap your profile picture.

YouTube account profile picture

From the drop-down menu, select “Settings.”

Select Settings from the YouTube Menu

Step 3: Select “Manage all history”

Now, select “Manage all history.”

Select manage all history

You may be prompted to sign into your Google Account; if so, sign into your account and then move on to the next step.

Step 4: Select “Delete”

Tap on “Delete,” and a menu will appear with options to delete your history for specific time frames.

How to clear youtube history on the Youtube app

You can select today, your entire YouTube history, or you can set a custom time range.

If you select “Today,” your history for that day will be deleted immediately; for the other options, you will receive a confirmation message first.

Step  5: Confirm Deletion

Once you select one of the options (or enter your time frame), you will be prompted to confirm the deletion.

Confirm deleting your Youtube activity on mobile

Tap the “Delete” button to confirm.

Deletion complete on mobile

How To Clear YouTube History On Smart TVs And Consoles

If you watch YouTube on a smart TV or through a console like an Xbox or Playstation, follow these steps to clear your YouTube history.

Step 1: Go To Settings

From the left-side menu of your smart TV or console, go to Settings.

Step 2. Clear YouTube History

Select Clear search/watch history and click the delete button to confirm.

How To Clear Individual Searches/Videos From Your History

To clear individual searches or videos you have watched on YouTube, you can follow the same steps on a desktop or mobile device. Albeit slightly tweaked.

For a desktop device:

Follow steps 1-3; then, you can scroll, search, or enter a date to find the individual search or video you want to remove from your history.

Use the search filters to find the individual video or search you want to delete

Once you find the search or video you want to remove, click on the X on the right of the item.

Select the x to delete the item from your youtube history

From the YouTube App:

Follow steps 1-3; then, you can scroll, search, or enter a date to find the individual search or video you want to remove from your history.

Search for the youtube activity to delete

Once you find the search or video you want to remove, click on the X on the right of the item.

Select the x to delete the video or search
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David is the founder of Outofthe925.com and has been in the social media industry since 2017. Since then, his mission has been to help others take control of their online presence. For some, this has been earning an income online, while for others, it's teaching how to use social networks more effectively. And each year, he continues to help millions with strategy, troubleshooting, and inspiration.