Google has made several attempts recently to show users how privacy-focused the company is. So, it has now made it easier to delete your data from Google’s servers. Google records everything you do on its apps. Be it your Google search queries, visited websites, your location on Maps, YouTube searches, and more data. So, it knows everything about you. After recent updates, you can check your data saved by Google and delete it. You can also set the automatic deletion of your data. So, you can tell Google to automatically clear your YouTube viewing history.
Google will automatically delete your YouTube history after you enable this option. I personally feel that this option is better. It is because it is hard to keep clearing YouTube history from time to time.
It is worth to note that YouTube also has an incognito mode. If you go Incognito on YouTube, it will stop saving your watch history until you are on incognito. This option is for those who just want Google not to keep a few specific searches.
Now if you have decided to delete YouTube searches automatically, keep reading.
Automatically Delete History from My Google Activity Page
If you are on desktop, you can use Google’s My Google Activity section to enable automat YouTube history deletion. Follow these steps.
Open the YouTube History page and log in with your Google account if you are not already logged it. Here select “Choose to delete automatically”.
On the next screen, it will ask you to select either “Keep for 18 months” or “Keep for 3 months”. Select any of the options depending on your choice.
Then it will ask you to either delete now or let it delete after the time period you have selected.
On the next screen, it will ask you to confirm if you really want to change settings.
Automatically Delete History from YouTube iOS App
If you are using an iPhone or iPad, you need to follow these steps to automatically delete YouTube history.
Open the YouTube app and tap on your profile icon located at the top right side. It will open the menu. Here, select “Settings” and then look for the “Manage all activity” option in next screen. Tap on it and you will see another option saying “Choose to delete automatically.” Tap on it.
Here, it will show you three options. You can select either to keep history for 18 months or keep for 3 months. If you select “Keep for 3 months,” YouTube will keep deleting your YouTube history in every 3 months. After you select an option, the next screen asks you to either delete now or let it delete your acuities after the selected time period. You can select Delete now.
Then it will ask you to confirm on the next screen.
Now you have set YouTube to delete YouTube history automatically.
Automatically Delete History from YouTube Android App
Steps to delete YouTube history automatically using the Android app is similar to the YouTube iOS app. Here are the steps.
Tap on your profile icon located at the top right section of the app and then tap on Settings. In the next screen, tap on History & Privacy and then tap on Manage app activity.
It will then open Google’s YouTube History page on the mobile browser and the whole process will be the same that I talked about in Automatically Delete History from My Google Activity Page section.
Now you know how to automatically delete YouTube history automatically. You can set for either 3 months of 18 months. There is no option to select lesser time or any other number of months. But you can always go and remove all search history anytime you want. This option will keep removing YouTube history automatically from time to time.