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How to Fix “Your watch history is off” on YouTube

Are you getting a “Your watch history is off” error on YouTube?

Here’s the second part of the error, “You can change your setting at any time to get the latest videos tailored to you”.

The YouTube watch history feature allows you to see a list of videos that you’ve watched in the past.

This feature can be turned off or on based on your preference.

However, if you turn the feature off, YouTube won’t be able to recommend videos to you.

In this guide, you’ll learn why you’re getting a “Your watch history is off” error on YouTube home and how to fix it.

Why is YouTube saying that my watch history is off?

Your watch history is off YouTube

YouTube is saying that your watch history is off because of a homepage update.

Currently, if your watch history is off, YouTube will not recommend you any videos on the homepage.

Previously, YouTube will still recommend you videos, but they are less catered to your interests.

This is because the algorithm is not able to determine what videos you are interested in.

The update has caused a lot of outrage among iOS and Android users.

These users are complaining that turning on their watch history is an invasion of their privacy.

How to fix “Your watch history is off” on YouTube

To fix “Your watch history is off” on YouTube, you need to turn your watch history on.

To do so, go to the homepage of YouTube where you’re getting the error > Update setting > Turn on > Refresh the homepage.

You can also control and review your watch history at your Google account.

Here’s how to turn on your watch history on YouTube:

  1. Open the YouTube app and tap on your profile picture.
  2. Tap on “Settings” and tap on “Manage all history”.
  3. Tap on “Saving your search history”.
  4. Enable “Include the YouTube videos that you watch”.
  5. Go back to the YouTube homepage and drag down to refresh it.

After you’ve enabled “Include the YouTube videos that you watch”, YouTube will remember the videos that you’ve watched.

This will allow YouTube to recommend videos on your homepage.

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