Stop getting video recommendations from YouTube for Android

There's a new notification setting in the YouTube for Android app that lets you toggle whether the app recommends videos based on your viewing history.

Nicole Cozma
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On Android, the YouTube app has several alerts you can manage while mobile. Whether it's being notified when someone you subscribe to has a new video, or getting a reply to one of your comments, the app will make sure you don't miss a thing. But there's a new type of alert in the list: Recommended videos.

According to the YouTube app, Recommended videos are those that you might be interested in based on what you watch. Well, sometimes your YouTube history isn't an accurate depiction of your tastes. For example, if a friend links a video of something beyond your interest, you may watch it to be polite, but you also don't need to be reminded of it with app recommendations. Thankfully, you can disable these alerts within the app, here's how:

Step 1: Open the YouTube app and tap on the user silhouette near the top right. Make sure you see your profile here, otherwise you'll need to log in.

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Step 2: Tap the overflow menu in the top right corner and head to Settings > Notifications.

Step 3: Toggle the switch next to Recommended videos. While you're here, check the rest of the notification settings.

Now you'll be free of random video recommendations based on the other videos you've watched.