Especially when you are using highly visited websites like YouTube, your search history would open up ground for telemarketers, third party groups to invade your privacy. This is legally not recommendable, but you cannot put a halt to this once you are online as a viewer.
One of the common solutions to this concern is to periodically or daily if possible delete your search history manually. But it takes a great deal of effort.
Google has lately made this process automatic. So there is no daily hassle of manual history deletion.
In today’s article, we will discuss this automatic history deletion process in two ways- Using YouTube Mobile App, or My Google Activity.
To know them in detail, proceed with your reading.
Solution #1: Delete YouTube History using YouTube Mobile Application
YouTube is mostly accessed via mobile apps according to surveys. Thus deleting the history using the very app on your mobile comes quite handy and it’s easy pessyyyy..
So these are the steps that you need to follow:
Step 1. Firstly, open up your “YouTube” app from the home screen or using the app drawer. In the case of iPhone users, you can use Apple’s spotlight search to look for it. Android users can use Google search.
Step 2. Anyways, once you have opened the app, tap on your account icon with your profile picture at the top right corner.
Step 3. Tap on the “Settings” option from the next menu list.
Step 4. Go to “History and Privacy” and then to the “Manage all activity” option. This will open up the YouTube search history page.
Step 5. Tap on the “Choose to delete automatically” option.
Step 6. Now you have to choose for how long you wish to keep the histories after your search entries. Until the time comes for deletion, you have to manage the task manually, keep that in mind. You can choose options like “for 3 months; for 18 months, etc.”
Step 7. Once you are done with your selection, tap on the “Next” button.
For the record, the YouTube page will explain to you what you have chosen in text with some video deletion examples in the future.
Step 8. Tap on the “Confirm” option to save the settings changes.
Voila! It’s all set.
Solution #2: Delete YouTube History automatically using My Google Activity
Let’s just suppose you want to automate the same deletion process using your desktop, and then this method is better.
To do this, the steps are as follows:
Step 1. Firstly go to the “My Google Activity”. Click on the link attested below:
NOTE: Ensure that you are logged in to your Google account associated with your YouTube account beforehand.
Step 2. Click on the hamburger shaped icon at the top left corner and choose “Activity Controls” from the drop-down menu list.
NOTE: Alternatively, you can skip the last two steps to directly visit the “My Google Activity” page for YouTube history using the following link: https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity
Step 5. After you make a selection click on the “Next” option.
Step 6. Now you will be prompted to confirm your choice. So click on the “Confirm” button.
That’s it. It’s all done.
Hopefully, the article has been helpful for you in your pursuit of deleting YouTube history automatically. It would become much better if in the future YouTube introduces an option to customize this choice on the official video page as well.
Until then you have to keep up with these silly tricks.
Enjoy, have fun, and don’t forget to come again.