With so many videos out there, sometimes it
can be tough deciding what to watch next. This is where recommendations from YouTube
can really help you out. I’m Rebecca and today I’ll show you how
YouTube picks videos for you and what you can do to influence them. So how does YouTube know what you want to
watch? Recommendations are based on videos, genres, topics, and creators you’ve previously
watched. So let’s say you’re really into cat videos.
When you watch one, YouTube may suggest other cat videos, or more animal videos in general.
This basically applies to anything you watch on YouTube. No matter what you’re interested
in, YouTube can find videos that fit your interests. As you continue to watch more,
YouTube will offer better recommendations for you.
If you’re watching videos while signed out, you’ll see that suggested videos
are first based on the popularity of videos in your country. But once you start watching
videos, you’ll start to see more personalized suggestions. That’s why it’s best to sign in. Since
your recommendations are linked to your account, you’ll be able to see them wherever you
are. If you’re signed in and see recommendations
that aren’t what you expect, there are a few reasons why this could be happening. First, if share an account or a device with
someone else, the videos they watch will influence recommendations. Second, the categories of videos can be a
little broad. For example, if you watch a funny video that’s labeled as comedy, you
may see other videos that are also labelled as comedy. Since everyone’s definition of
comedy can be a bit different, you may see “comedy” videos that just aren’t funny.
If this is happens to you, we’ve got good news. You can actually remove videos, channels,
and sections that you aren’t interested in to improve your recommendations.
Ok, let’s sign into my account to give you an example. I’ve watched a channel featuring
different pets, and I’m seeing a few videos of dogs come up. Since I’m a cat person,
I can choose “Not interested” to remove videos that have dogs in them. If I remove
2 or more videos from the same channel, that channel will no longer be recommended to me. But what happens if I see a recommended channel
of just dogs? I can also choose to remove the entire channel.
If you’ve accidentally removed a recommendation that you want to keep, you can click Undo
to restore it. Currently you can only do this on a computer.
If you’ve made too many removals or if your interests have changed, you can clear removal
history at history.google.com. Click this icon in the corner and open YouTube
Watch History. Click the open menu and then click “Not interested feedback”. To restore
the recommendations, click “Delete feedback”. Another way to fine tune your recommendations
is by removing videos and search terms from your watch and search histories. Let’s say you’ve searched for a certain
topic, like changing a bike chain, but now you’re seeing all bike videos in your recommendations.
Just go to your search and watch histories to clear out those specific videos and terms.
You won’t see recommendations based on them in the future. Just keep in mind that when you clear these,
there’s no way to undo the changes. For step-by-step instructions on clearing
your watch and search histories, just take a look at the description below. And now you know all about how to influence
your recommendations on YouTube! Thanks for watching and be sure to subscribe for more
tips and tricks!