YouTube will display recommendations of videos based on:

  • your favorites
  • your liked videos
  • your watched videos

Now, let's say that somebody sends me a link and it's a video for which I don't want similar being recommended.

Is there a way I can avoid recommendations based on that particular video?

So far I've been hitting dislike because, well, I don't like the videos. However, I'm not sure this is entirely effective, and on the other hand, likes and dislikes has turned into more than a personal view of a video, and more into a way of appreciating users' content. If the quality and the content of the video was good but I just don't happen to be interested, would it be fair that the user had a dislike on it? (This question is probably out of scope for the answer I'm looking for here, but I believe it helps providing context.)

  • Watch it while being logged out?
    – Alex
    Nov 25, 2014 at 11:18
  • @Alex I pretty much try this but then you've got youtube asking you to log in to see certain videos or not able to actually like it / favorite it if you liked it, and logging in on an iOS or Android app actually throws you off the video you were watching.
    – Alpha
    Nov 26, 2014 at 2:55

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Clearing your search history and watch history will stop recommending the videos

  • Thanks! As I understand your answer I can clear my view history for this particular video rather than all of them -- is that correct?
    – Alpha
    Nov 26, 2014 at 2:56

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