Sick of Irrelevant YouTube Recommendations? Here’s What You Need to Do

MakeUseOf | 8/8/2019 | Gavin Phillips
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YouTube isn’t completely evil. Yes, there are some undesirable features, such as anonymous YouTube trolls. Then there’s the whole thing with Google sticking its hands into your privacy through tracking. It isn’t all bad.

Just compare the modern-day YouTube interface with the interface from 2005 if you don’t believe me. Many features, though annoying, are good-intentioned, and the YouTube Recommendations feature is one of them.

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The problem is that YouTube’s Recommendations become confused over time, and begin showing you irrelevant or useless content. Tired of terrible YouTube Recommendations? Here’s how you fix them, for good!

Nobody knows what exactly goes into the YouTube algorithm for suggesting recommendations. Well, nobody other than the YouTube engineers, of course.

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However, it’s safe to say that two things have a very strong impact on what YouTube ends up recommending: search history and watch history. If you reset both, you can pretty much reset your recommendations back to a blank slate.

The first thing to do is clear the YouTube search history. Without a search history, the YouTube Recommendation algorithm doesn’t know what you usually watch. Plus, deleting your YouTube search log also erases all of those “guilty pleasure” video searches you never wanted to see the light of day.

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To delete your YouTube Search History:

If you want to turn the YouTube Search History option off permanently, first head back to the Your Data In YouTube hub.

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Scroll down to YouTube Search History. Underneath the section header is a small toggle with an arrow. Hit the arrow, then switch the YouTube Search History toggle on the next page. Once switched off, YouTube will no longer retain your video searches.

The second thing you need to do is clear your YouTube Watch History. The YouTube Watch History is the log of every video you’ve seen. Your history doesn’t have a date range cap, either....
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