How to Delete Your YouTube History Once and for All

Ben Stegner 13-10-2015

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Log into YouTube if you aren’t already, then head to your Watch history page. You’ll see two buttons at the top – Clear all watch history will permanently clear the entire list. You can also click the individual X icons on each video to remove them, but this will take forever and is better suited to clearing a once-off guilty pleasure viewing than dozens of items.

After you’re cleared all history, use the other button, Pause watch history, to keep YouTube from re-creating this list in the future. Together, these two buttons let you erase everything you’ve watched from the beginning of time and stop it from being recorded in the future.

Switching to the Search History tab at the top of the page is also worth a visit, as here you can perform the same actions with your searches. For maximum privacy, remove all of your past searches and keep YouTube from remembering any more. This might cause your searches to take a bit more time, so the convenience trade-off is up to you.

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Will you clear your YouTube History with this method? Do you value convenience or privacy more in this matter? Drop a comment with your opinion!

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    • Ben Stegner
      October 13, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      This is the exact process I've outlined in this article.

      • Anonymous
        October 13, 2015 at 4:04 pm

        Indeed it is :)