Youtube Watch History Not Updating: How To Fix YouTube Watch History Error 2023

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You may be trying to go back to a video you've watched previously, only to discover that the YouTube Watch History Not Updating issue has scuppered that dream. As such, you are left with the unenviable choice of trying to find the video manually.

Finding videos you watched a long time can be difficult, especially if it was one you stumbled across at random, to begin with.

If you do find yourself in this situation, there are a few potential ways to fix the YouTube Watch History Not Updating problem and get it to start updating once again. We'll explain exactly what those options are.

How To Fix YouTube Watch History Error

We'll state at the outset that this seems to be something of a recurring issue. Overall, we recommend restarting the app, making sure that the watch history is enabled and logging in and out of the Google account you're using. Unfortunately, videos that you watched while this was happening will almost certainly not reappear in your watch history.

If you want to get your watch history working again, here's what we recommend:

Make Sure Watch History Is Enabled

  • On the YouTube website, go to the History option on the left-hand side.
  • You will see one of two options: Pause Watch History, or Turn On Watch History. If you see the Turn On Watch History option, it means you have disabled watch history. Turning it back on should resolve your issue.

Alternatively, if you are using the YouTube app:

  • Open the YouTube app Settings page and select History.
  • Got to Privacy.
  • Look for the Pause History option. If this is active, turn it off.

Restart The App

If you are experiencing this issue, then it's worth trying to close the app (or website) and relaunch it. Sometimes, a one-off glitch may be the culprit, and simply reconnecting to YouTube might be enough to resolve the error.

Check For Updates

This is a common fix for a lot of issues with a lot of apps. It's important to make sure that you check for any pending updates for both your operating system, and the YouTube app itself. If there are any pending updates, download and install these.

Running an outdated software version can sometimes lead to compatibility issues. So bringing everything up to date can reconcile this.

Clear Cache And Data

Sometimes an issue with a cached file can be behind an error. It's worth clearing your cache and data to see if this makes a difference.

  • On PC, open your preferred web browser and go to Settings.
  • Look for the option to Clear History. Sometimes this will be in a sub-menu such as More Tools.
  • Choose the time range you want to delete (for example, one day, two days, or all-time) and then select all of browsing history, cookies, cached imaged images and files.
  • Click Clear Data.

If you are using the YouTube app:

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  • Open Chrome, and go to your Settings menu by tapping the three dots in the top-right corner.
  • Select History > Clear browsing data.
  • Select everything you want to delete - history, cookies, site data, etc.
  • Tap Clear Data or Clear Browsing Data, depending on the device you are using.

If none of our recommendations works, then contact the YouTube Support team and raise a ticket with them for further support.

What Causes The Youtube Watch History Not Updating Issue?

There isn't necessarily one specific cause for this error, it can be down to a fairly wide range of factors. It might be a problem with your account or, perhaps, it's YouTube itself not working properly.

And it can even be down to something completely beyond your control. In a support post from May 2022, the YouTube team stated that the watch history not updating error was fixed at their end. This would mean that sometimes, there is very little you can actually do to remedy it yourself.

What Is The Watch History Not Updating Error?

At its core, this error affects your watch history and makes it not function properly. There are a few different ways in which this error may be affecting you:

  • Your watch history may not be updating with new videos you've recently watched
  • Your watch history may show as empty, with the message "This list has no videos"
  • You may no longer see the video progress bar (indicating that you've watched a video) in thumbnails of videos you've recently watched
  • You may be re-recommended a previously watched video

If you are being affected by any of these, then try the solutions we recommended above. Or hope that YouTube can quickly identify and fix whatever underlying issue is causing it.

Now that you have fixed the issue (hopefully), learn how to stop YouTube from pausing automatically when you are playing it in the background. Also a useful thing to know.

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