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How to Pause Or Delete your YouTube Watch History?

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Image credit : Search Engine Journal Google's video platform YouTube declared that users now have an option to disable watch history. The clutter will vanish, leaving you with a homepage featuring only the search bar, alongside the Shorts, Subscriptions, and Library buttons. In essence, this alteration will deliver a clean, uncomplicated, visually appealing YouTube homepage. Now, let's know how you can do it. YouTube History Delete Image credit : Business Insider

How to Pause your YouTube history?

You can pause the YouTube history following these below points:
  • Open the YouTube app and tap on your profile image situated in the upper right corner. Choose "Your data in YouTube."
  • Scroll down to locate "YouTube Watch History." You'll likely observe a checked circle, indicating that it's currently active. Click on the arrow.
  • You will then be directed to the "Activity controls" page. Scroll further down to the section labeled "YouTube History" and click on "Turn off."
  • A pop-up message will appear, cautioning you that disabling your YouTube history will result in the loss of personalized recommendations and similar features. The message specifies that this setting will be paused across all sites, apps, and devices associated with the current account. Importantly, it clarifies that your past data will not be deleted.
  • If you're prepared to proceed, click on "Pause."
  • Following this, you'll receive a pop-up notification confirming that your YouTube history is no longer being saved. If you have previously used YouTube on this account, you might also receive a reminder regarding your existing history data. This reminder includes a link that allows you to delete your old history, either for the last hour, the past day, your entire history, or within a custom timeframe.
  • If you decide to resume saving your history, you can effortlessly do so by retracing the same path: access "YouTube History" and select "Turn on."
Delete your past YouTube history [caption id="attachment_190528" align="aligncenter" width="690"]YouTube History Delete Image credit : Alphr[/caption] If you're truly aiming to tidy up your YouTube interface, it's essential to eliminate your viewing history. This step is crucial because, unless you do so, you'll continue receiving recommendations based on your pre-Pause button activity.
  1. Return to "Your data in YouTube."
  2. Scroll down and select "Manage your YouTube Watch History."
  3. Look for the option labeled "Delete" and click on it. You'll have the choice between "Delete today," "Delete custom range," or "Delete all time." Assuming your goal is to entirely clean up your YouTube history, opt for the last option.
  4. A pop-up window will appear, confirming your intention to delete your history. It will also provide examples of what will be removed. If you're certain about your decision, click on "Delete."
  5. A confirmation pop-up will indicate that your data is being deleted. This message will also contain a link directing you to information on the exact process and speed at which your data will be eliminated.
Even after taking these steps, it's highly likely that you might not notice a significant alteration in your recommendations. (I personally observed a continued prevalence of recommendations.) Google has indicated that the modifications to YouTube will be gradually introduced over the coming months, implying that it might take some time before you witness any transformation in your YouTube homepage. Nonetheless, being prepared for these changes is a positive step.

By Awanish Kumar

I keep abreast of the latest technological developments to bring you unfiltered information about gadgets.


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