Google now allows you to automatically delete your YouTube history on your phone. The privacy feature, which was already available for location and activity history, can be activated in the video service as of this Wednesday (2). When configuring the function, old information older than three or 18 months is erased instantly. Subsequently, activities that reach the selected deadline will be removed automatically, without the user having to worry about repeating the process.
In the following tutorial, check out how to automatically delete your YouTube history from your smartphone. The procedure was performed by Safari on an iPhone XR with iOS 13, but the tips also apply to users of Android devices.
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Learn how to activate the Auto-delete function on YouTube – Photo: Playback / Helito Beggiora
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Step 1. Visit the YouTube activity tracking page (myaccount.google.com/activitycontrols/youtube) and, if necessary, log in to your account. Then tap on «Manage history»;
Access YouTube’s history management – Photo: Playback / Helito Beggiora
Step 2. On the next page, tap «Select to automatically delete». Then choose the period for which you would like to keep the history – three or 18 months. Once this is done, tap «Next»;
Select the time that YouTube history should be kept – Photo: Playback / Helito Beggiora
Step 3. Google will display some examples of activities that are longer than the selected period that will be deleted. Touch «Confirm» to delete the data and, finally, press «OK» to finish the configuration.
Enabling auto-delete in YouTube history – Photo: Playback / Helito Beggiora
Ready! Take advantage of tips to automatically delete your YouTube video history and protect your privacy.
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