How to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

How to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

I remember my final year in college. I was delivering a presentation on different ways of executing criminals in the Middle Ages. As part of it, I streamed a YouTube video in the classroom. I scrolled through my homepage on a laptop hooked to a projector, trying to find that video. And there it was – the blunder: a big and bright thumbnail of a video on how boys can use makeup to look like girls.

How to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

It felt inappropriate to the class – they laughed it off and I felt embarrassed. I don’t have a problem with such content but that made me think if I could do something to avoid it in the future.

YouTube can show you disturbing content that you don’t want on your account’s homepage. However, there’s a way to avoid it. You can customize your YouTube homepage to show the content you prefer. You can also use it to revisit all the things you have discovered and play them.

You can customize YouTube on your computer and smartphone since both platforms use a similar interface. So keep reading if you want to customize your YouTube homepage for the best experience.

How to Remove Videos That You Don’t Want to See

YouTube can recommend videos that you’re not interested in or find embarrassing if someone else sees you scrolling through them. Here’s how to remove these videos from your YouTube homepage.

If You Are on a PC

If you’re using YouTube on your computer, the steps are simple.

Step 1: Log in to your YouTube account and go to the homepage.

Step 2: Scroll through until you find a video that doesn’t interest you, click on the three vertical dots next to the video name, and choose “Not interested.”

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How to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

This will make YouTube understand that you are not interested in such recommendations and it will try to filter out similar videos in the future.

Removing videos on YouTube that don’t align with your preferences is easy on Android or iOS.

Note that recommendations sync across devices if your YouTube account is connected to them. So removing a video from your PC homepage by clicking “Not interested” will also impact your smartphone recommendations.

Step 1: Scroll through the YouTube app on your Android or iOS device to find the video you want to remove. In my case, it’s Triple H slamming Jimmy Fallon on his desk. I don’t want to see my favorite host getting slammed, so I want to remove it.

How to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

Step 2: Click on the three vertical dots, and then click on Not interested.

How to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

YouTube will now better and filter out similar videos in the future.

How to Clear Recent Searches on YouTube

It is understandable if you want to clear your recent searches from the YouTube search bar. You may want to show off that cool goal Messi scored last week, but your search history contains something like “benefits of eating your nose pick.” You don’t want your friend to see that — clearly not! Now, this option is available on the web and mobile versions of YouTube. Here’s a screenshot of my recent searches on the YouTube app on my Android phone.

How to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

Here are the recent PC searches.

How to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

Okay, let’s see how you can clear them off. It’s easy. Say, I want to remove the term “pes 19 android” from my search bar. Here’s how you can do it.

Step 1: Long press on the search query and a pop-up will appear.

How to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

Step 2: Click “Remove” to eliminate embarrassing search queries on YouTube.

How to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

To clear recent searches on your PC, click Remove next to the query in the screenshot below.

How to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

How to Make a Playlist for Your Favorite Videos on YouTube

Now that we have cleaned YouTube of unnecessary content, we can focus on the videos we enjoy. The YouTube homepage frequently updates, so it can be challenging to find a video you saw yesterday. Fortunately, there are ways to save these videos. You have options on the web and smartphone versions.

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Adding Videos to the Liked playlist

If you like a video, you can click the like button.

How to Customize YouTube for the Best User ExperienceHow to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

To add a video to your list of liked videos on YouTube, simply click the like button. You can access your liked video list on both your PC and smartphone, as shown in the screenshots below.

How to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

To find Liked videos, click the menu button on the top left of your YouTube homepage and select the “Liked videos” option. You can shuffle play them.

How to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

To find Liked videos on your smartphone app, click on the Library options in the bottom menu. From there, you can shuffle play them.

If you’re watching an educational video that you don’t want to like because it will be added to your list of liked videos, you can create a new playlist and add those videos to it.

You can add videos to your favorites or create a new playlist to better organize them. You can also add videos to the Watch Later section, a default playlist on YouTube accessible on both PC and smartphone. See the screenshots below.

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Making New YouTube Playlist on a PC

Step 1: Click on the SAVE button next to a video.

Step 2: Click on Favorites or Create new playlist. If you choose Create new playlist, you will need to select a name and privacy settings for your new playlist as shown below.

Once you complete this step, the new playlist will be displayed each time you save a new video.

You can add videos to your playlist from either the homepage or the video page. On the homepage, click the three vertical dots next to the video title, then select “Add to playlist.”

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How to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

You can create a playlist by giving it a new name and choosing the privacy level. If you’re on the video page, click on the save button. YouTube will automatically add the video to the most recent playlist, which in my case is Watch later. To change the playlist, follow these steps: Step 1: Click on the Saved to recent playlist pop-up at the bottom of the screen and move the video to a new playlist.

How to Customize YouTube for the Best User Experience

If you missed the pop-up, proceed to step 2.

Step 2: Click on Saved button again and move the video to your playlist.

Following these suggestions will ensure the best YouTube experience on your smartphone and PC. However, YouTube may quickly pick up suggestions and add unwanted videos to meddle with your experience. To prevent this, try a few things.

You can watch a non-interest-related video on YouTube in an incognito tab. This way, YouTube will not add the video to your recommendations since you are not signed in. If the video requires an adult verification, you will need to log in. In this case, clear the recent search or remove similar future recommendations by clicking the Not interested button as shown above.

These steps will provide you with a distraction-free experience the next time you go on a YouTube binge-watching spree.

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