How to Delete YouTube Search & Watch History [Android & iOS]

Cleanse your YouTube footprint with our simple guide to wiping out your search and watch history on your phone!
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Recently YouTube has updated its app, and because of that, there is no direct option to delete Youtube history, including the YouTube search history and YouTube watch history.

In this article this is actually written in July 2023. It would be really helpful in clearing YouTube history, including search and watch history.

As you can see in the below image, there are two screenshots of the YouTube app from 6 months back and the current YouTube app settings. When you screenshot, it shows you the clear differentiation between how much YouTube has changed.

As per that, we are going to tell you how to delete YouTube watch history and how to delete YouTube search history together in a single blog post.

And surprisingly, we will also show you a video of doing that, including the screenshots, so let’s get started.

Quickly deleting the search history of Youtube in Backdroid Style.

Open Youtube App->Tap Settings->Open History and Privacy->Clear Watch History.

How To Delete Youtube Search History on Android or iOS [steps]

A featured image for deleting youtube search history, in the image a smartphone is in a girl's hand, she's using a youtube app. On the left backdroid logo is shown.
  1. Open the YouTube app.
  2. Tap on your profile icon to access the settings.
  3. Look for and tap on “Manage all history.”
  4. Find the delete button and tap on it.
  5. Choose from options like “Delete today,” “Delete custom range,” or “Delete all time” to select the desired time frame for deletion.
  6. Confirm your selection and you’re done!
  7. Congratulations! You have successfully deleted your YouTube history on your phone.
manage all history from youtube app
all the youtube search and watch history on page
option to delete youtube history including watch and search altogether
when you have deleted youtube history of your chosen time frame successfully
when you have deleted it history of your chosen time frame successfully

Step 1: Tap on Youtube Profile.

Arrow pointing towards youtube profile

Open Youtube App and click on the Profile icon at the top right corner of the screen.

Step 2: Tap Youtube settings.

A rectangle pointing towards youtube app settings

Tap on Settings.

Step 3: Select History and Privacy.

arrow pointing to Youtube History and Privacy tab

As you Tap On Settings, you must Tap the seventh option: History and Privacy.

Step 4: Clear search history.

Arrow pointing towards Clear search history option on youtube app

After opening History and Privacy, Tap on the first option: Clear Search History.

Step 5: Retap on Clear Search history.

Youtube app asking for confirmation to delete the search histories

A pop-up will ask you to clean all your Youtube Search History. You have to tap on Clear Search History.

To delete your YouTube search history on Android or iOS devices, you can follow these steps:

  1. Open the YouTube app on your Android or iOS device.
  2. Tap on your profile icon, usually in the screen’s top right corner.
  3. Tap “Settings” or “Settings & Privacy” from the dropdown menu.
  4. In the Settings menu, look for and tap on “History & Privacy” or “History and Privacy.”
  5. Tap on “Clear search history” or “Clear Search History” (the exact wording may vary).
  6. You’ll see a confirmation pop-up asking if you want to clear your search history. Tap on “Clear” or “Clear Search History” again to confirm.

Following the above simple steps, all your Youtube Search History will be cleared instantly.

Also, read this out: How to Delete Youtube Channel on Phone.

Alternative Method to Clear Youtube Search History on Phone

Suitable if you want to delete all your activity, including searching and Watch history on Youtube. Don’t forget that we Know how to unisntall Youtube app.

If you prefer to delete your YouTube search history through your Google account settings, here’s how you can do it:

Note: Deleting your YouTube search history through your Google account settings will also delete your search history across other Google services.

  1. Open a web browser on your phone and go to
  2. Sign in with the Google account that is associated with your YouTube activity.
  3. Once signed in, navigate to the “Data & personalization” section. You may need to click on the menu icon (three horizontal lines) at the top-left corner of the screen and select “Data & personalization” from the list.
  4. Scroll down until you find the “Activity controls” section. Under this section, locate and click on “YouTube History.”
  5. On the YouTube History page, you’ll see your search history. Click on the “Manage activity” link.
  6. You’ll be taken to the My Activity page specifically for YouTube. Here, you can view and manage your search history.
  7. To delete individual search entries, click on the three vertical dots (more options) next to each search term and select “Delete” from the menu.
  8. If you want to delete your entire YouTube search history, click on the “Delete activity by” link on the left sidebar.
  9. Choose the time range for which you want to delete the search history, or select “All time” to delete everything.
  10. Click on “Delete” to confirm the deletion of your YouTube search history.

Following these steps will allow you to manage and delete your YouTube search history through your Google account settings on your phone.

JUST try this method to delete individual search history on youtube.

Step 1: Open device settings.

Smartphone Settings icon highlighted with yellow and teal color

Open Setting on your device.

Step 2: Select Google.

Rectangle pointing google menu in the device settings of android

Look for Google by scrolling down in the settings section and Tapping Google.

Step 3: Tap Manage Account.

Arrow pointing towards Manage account in the Google menu from Settings

Tap on Manage Your Google Account

Step 4: Select Data and Privacy.

Arrow pointing towards data and privacy in the Manage google settings

Tap on Data and Privacy.

Step 5: Tap on Youtube History.

red arrow pointing towards Youtube history in the Google manage account settings from the data privacy

Scroll down in the Data and Privacy Section and Tap on Youtube History.

Step 6: Select Manage History.

Red Arrow pointing towards Manage history option the Google settings to manage youtube search history

Scroll down and Tap on Manage History

Step 7: At last, Click delete and Choose time range.

Tap on Delete. A small section will be opened asking for the time frame, and here you will get three options: Delete Today. Delete Custom Range and Delete All Time.

This method is suitable if you want to delete all your activity, including searching and Watching history on Youtube.

But what if One day Youtube Started crashing? How are you going to fix it? By reading 4 Reasons Why Youtube Not Working.

Third Way to delete individual searches from your search history(Easiest) 

  1. Open the YouTube app on your phone.
  2. Tap on the search icon, usually represented by a magnifying glass icon, located at the top of the screen.
  3. In the search bar, you’ll see your recent search history with a clock icon next to each entry.
  4. Tap and hold on the search term that you want to delete.
  5. A pop-up menu will appear with options related to that search term. Tap on “Remove from search history” or a similar option.
  6. Confirm your action by tapping “OK” or “Remove” in the confirmation pop-up.

Step 1: Open Youtube and tap the search icon.

red arrow pointing towards youtube search icon

Tap on the Magnifying Glass icon at the top right corner where you type your searches on Youtube.

Arrow showing the last youtube search history

As you tap the Magnifying Glass icon, all your searches will be shown below the text area. They are also called suggested search results

Step 2: Tap and Hold to clear the indiviusal search history.


Tap and hold the search result you want to delete.

A pop-up will come asking you to delete it. Tap Delete.

This way, you can delete specific searches instead of deleting them together.


Q: What is the benefit of deleting search history on Youtube?

Ans: Well, it doesn’t have any technical or logical benefit. So it depends upon you. If you want more privacy, you can delete your searches. It comes under privacy and personal preferences.

Q: Can I recover my search history in any way?

Ans: No, you can’t recover your search history in any way. Doesn’t matter which method you choose; no one can recover your search history once deleted.

Q: If I delete my Youtube History by Going to my Google Account, does it also delete my watch history?

Ans: Yes, if you choose the second method, i.e., by going to your Google Account, all your activity will be deleted, including your watch history.

Q: Can we delete multiple searches simultaneously by tapping and holding?

Ans: In this method, you can delete multiple searches but not simultaneously. You have to delete searches one by one.

Q: What if I delete the complete activity of my Google Account?

Ans: Suppose you delete the complete activity of your Google account. In that case, all your activity on different Google platforms like Youtube, Chrome, Google App, Web & App Activity, Location, etc., will be deleted.

Quick Guide

Here’s a summary of the different ways to delete YouTube history on your phone:

Method 1: Within the YouTube App

  1. Open the YouTube app.
  2. Tap on your profile icon.
  3. Go to Settings > History & Privacy.
  4. Tap on “Clear search history” and confirm the deletion.

Method 2: Through Google Account Settings

  1. Open a web browser and go to
  2. Sign in with your Google account.
  3. Navigate to “Data & personalization” and find “YouTube History.”
  4. Click on “Manage activity” to access your YouTube search history.
  5. Delete individual search entries by clicking on the three vertical dots next to each term or delete the entire history by selecting “Delete activity by.”

Method 3: Deleting Individual Searches within YouTube App

  1. Open the YouTube app.
  2. Tap on the search icon (magnifying glass).
  3. Tap and hold on to a search term.
  4. Select “Remove from search history” to delete the individual search entry.

These methods provide different options to delete your YouTube watch and search history on your phone through the YouTube app or your Google account settings. Choose the method that suits your preferences and privacy needs.

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All the methods mentioned above help delete Youtube search & watch history. These are simple, and if you follow our guide, you will not face any problem deleting your youtube history. Check out the Backdroid’s Youtube Guide.

The best thing is we have mentioned different ways so you can choose as per your requirements and convenience. 

Suppose you don’t want to delete all your youtube history on Android or ios; you can follow the last method to delete specific and individual searches.

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I'm Kunal Kashyap, and I've been immersed in the world of technology for several years now. My journey began back in 2017 when I started creating YouTube videos covering topics like Android, apps, games, and solutions to common tech issues. Today, I've transitioned into the role of a blogger, and you can find my informative guides on I take pride in simplifying complex tech concepts, making them accessible to everyone. Whether you're a tech novice or an expert, my tutorials are designed to help you troubleshoot problems with your Android device, apps, or games in a clear and straightforward manner. If you'd like to see some of my recent posts, check out my LinkedIn activity.

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