In this guide, we will show you the steps to fix the issue of Search and Watch History missing from the YouTube App. Many users prefer to have their YouTube history turned off. This could be owing to a wide variety of reasons- from a privacy perspective or it’s just that you want to get surprised with random videos on your feed. Likewise, if you have watched an off-topic video once but don’t want the app to fill in your feed with such videos, then also this feature might come in handy.
However, Google doesn’t generally appreciate this behavior because they aren’t able to “gather enough data” to customize our feeds based on what is in sync with our requirements [well, we all know that only the first half of their reasoning is true!]. Owing to this reason, it has started testing a new feature wherein you wouldn’t get any videos on your feed if your search history is turned off! Yes, as absurd as it may sound, but that is indeed true.
But since it might take a few months to get this feature implemented, users are looking to make full use of this feature till it lasts. Unfortunately, they aren’t able to do so as both the Search and Watch History features are missing from the YouTube App. Earlier, you could easily access both these options from the Settings > “History & privacy” menu.
However, now the “Manage all history” and “Privacy” options have been segregated and users are left with no option to disable their watch history. Fortunately, there still exists a nifty workaround using which you could still get this job done. So without further ado, let’s check it out.
Fix YouTube Search and Watch History missing from App
- Launch the YouTube app and tap on your profile at the top right.
- Then go to Settings > Manage All History and select your account.
- Now tap on Turn Off followed by Pause in the confirmation prompt.
- Your watch history is now disabled and you’ll be notified of the same.
That’s it. These were the steps to fix the issue of Search and Watch History missing from the YouTube App. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.