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7 Quick Methods to Fix YouTube Watch History Not Working

Every video you watch on YouTube when you're signed in is usually added to your watch history. This way, YouTube can offer you better recommendations, and you can find your previously watched videos easily.

But sometimes this option is not working as expected. Many users have been forced to find their viewed videos manually, which is time-consuming. Fortunately, you can solve this issue of YouTube watch history not working quite easily once you know what to do.

There are different methods that you can use, and this article will show you 7 of them to ensure your YouTube watch history works on various platforms. Let's check them out.

1. Turn On YouTube Watch History

Is your YouTube History not updating? You probably activated the Pause Watch History setting. So, ensure you check this setting first before proceeding.

On Your Desktop:

  • Launch your favourite browser and visit the YouTube website, then log in to your account.
  • Click the three horizontal lines (left corner) to access the “History” tab.
  • Go to the “Turn on watch history” option on the right and click it.
  • If you see the option “Pause watch history,” then the watch history setting is already turned on.

turn on watch history in youtube website

On Your Phone:

  • Go to your phone's home screen and launch the YouTube app. Open the “Library” tab and go to “History” by tapping on it from the options.
  • Do you see a “Turn on” button right at the top? If yes, then watch history is paused. Tap the button to turn it on and then confirm by tapping “Turn on” again.

turn on watch history in youtube mobile

2. Restart the YouTube App or Webpage

The YouTube app can experience temporary glitches, which may cause it not to update or show your watch history. In this case, closing and restarting the app can help fix it.

On Android: To close the YouTube app, long-press the app icon to bring up a menu. Tap the info icon when the menu opens. Go to the bottom and tap on “Force stop.”

force close youtube android

On iPhone: Swipe up the screen from the bottom (or tap the Home button twice). When the app switcher appears, go to the YouTube card and swipe upwards on it to close the app.

If you're accessing YouTube through a web browser, click the refresh icon to reload the webpage and see if your watch history shows up.

3. Clear the YouTube Cache and Data

If there's junk data in the cache of your YouTube app, it can corrupt the app and cause some of its features to stop working properly. Clearing the cache occasionally can help ensure the app functions smoothly without snagging.

On Your Android Device:

  • Get to the YouTube app and long-press it. Then choose the App Info option.
  • Select the “Storage” option and then tap on “Clear Cache.”

clear youtube cache android

On Your Chrome Browser:

  • Open the browser and go to YouTube.com.
  • Click on the padlock icon in the URL bar and then click on “Site Settings.”
  • Go to the “Usage” section and click on “Clear Data.”

clear youtube cache in chrome

Follow these same steps if you're using a different browser.

4. Log Out of YouTube and Log In Again

When you sign out of your YouTube account and then sign back in, you force YouTube to re-establish a connection with its servers. This simple action can help resolve many issues.

On a Desktop: To sign out of YouTube, go to the top-right corner and click your profile icon. Now, click on “Sign Out.”

sign out youtube account

The YouTube signing-out process is a little different if you're using Android or iPhone. So, follow these steps:

On Android:

  • Launch the YouTube app and go to your profile icon (top-right corner), then tap it.
  • Tap your username and then choose the “Manage accounts” option.
  • Tap on your account in the list and select the “Remove account” option.
  • Confirm the option by tapping “Remove account” again.
  • Re-launch the YouTube app. Go to the profile icon and tap it. Select the “Add Account” option and sign in again to your YouTube account.

sign out youtube android

On iPhone:

  • Launch the YouTube app and open the profile menu by tapping the profile icon.
  • Select your account name and tap the option that says “Use YouTube signed out.”
  • Sign in to YouTube again by tapping the profile icon and adding your account again.

sign out youtube iphone

5. Turn Off Ad-Blocked Extensions on Browser

Sometimes, installing an ad-blocker extension on your browser can prevent YouTube from saving your watch history. Try to confirm if this is true by temporarily disabling the ad-blocker extensions you have installed on your browser.

Open your Google Chrome browser. In the URL bar at the top, type chrome://extensions and press the Enter button. Now, go to the ad-blocker extension and turn off its toggle.

disable extensions chrome

Note: If you're using Edge as your browser, type edge://extensions in the URL bar. If it's Firefox, just type "about add-ons" in its address bar and hit Enter.

6. Update the YouTube App or Reinstall It

If you're using an outdated YouTube app, it's likely experiencing problems, and that's the reason behind your YouTube watch history not working. Therefore, ensure you check for updates. Here's how to do it on Android and IOS devices:

  • Launch the Google Play Store/App Store.
  • Type YouTube in the search bar and open it.
  • Go to the Update button and tap it.

update youtube app

If the Watch History feature still doesn't work after updating the YouTube app, try uninstalling and reinstalling it.

7. Contact YouTube Support

YouTube support can be quite helpful when you've tried everything else, and still, the YouTube watch history fails to work properly. When you reach out to them, they can guide you through various solutions to fix the issue so that you can enjoy using the watch history option as you did before.


All the videos you've watched since the time you signed into your YouTube account are saved in your YouTube watch history. It's a very useful feature that YouTube offers, and supposed to function properly so that you can access all your previously watched videos without any snags. Fortunately, with the tips and tricks we've shared above, you can easily solve this YouTube watch history not working problem and access your viewed videos again.

Justin B. Davis
Jan 16,2024 13:58:31 Post By Justin B. Davis to ClipDown Blog Center

Justin is a technical expert who loves technology and a big video fan. He writes about helpful video tips, reviews and tutorials.

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