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proto57
Level 8

No more Youtube "search history"? Replaced by "recommended", with flame icons?

I was logged out from my youtube app on my Roku 3 a few days ago. I didn't do this, it must have been automatic. BTW, I am not a paid youtube subscriber, I am only registered with the free version.

After I signed into my youtube account again, the app no longer showed my search history. This was replaced by a list of recommendations by youtube. Each of these items now had a little "flame" icon as a bullet. I've never seen these before.

If I search for something, the search works. But when I go to search for something else, my previous search(es) are gone, and there is only this recommended list with the flame icons. These "suggestions" are either popular youtube videos which have nothing to do with my interests or searches, or in some cases are somewhat related subjects I've searched or viewed... but not the actual search terms I've used.

One other thing: There is a sudden upsurge in ads. It is like a flood. In, say, a 15 minute video, I will get two ads before I start, then two a few minutes later, then again, then again. Often they are the same ads, and often they don't give the option to "skip". Half of a 10 to 15 minute video are ads. I often just back out of the video, since is rarely worth it now.

Nothing else on the app changed. I still have all my subscriptions listed, and my VIEWING history is intact.

I've restarted the app, and the unit, and it does not help. I do not have Pi-hole on my network. I do have adblock on my firefox browers, on my laptop, but I don't think that would affect my Roku youtube app. Am I wrong? Thanks for any help in advance...

Proto.

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Jmbalt
Level 7

Re: No more Youtube "search history"? Replaced by "recommended", with flame icon

I know you posted this months ago. If the helps you or someone else then great. 

I had to go into my YouTube app on my phone and make sure I was signed in with my YouTube account not my Google account. This fixed it on my Roku. Not sure why but it did.

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jjwhitmor
Level 7

Re: No more Youtube "search history"? Replaced by "recommended", with flame icon

Can you give some more information on how exactly you accomplished that. I am having this issue and cannot figure out how to specify a Youtube/Brand account rather than the main google account.

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Jmbalt
Level 7

Re: No more Youtube "search history"? Replaced by "recommended", with flame icon

Not sure if it's the same for everyone but I have a YouTube acct and Google acct with the same name. I signed in with my YouTube acct to activate my Roku app. It's been a while so I don't exactly remember the details of how I did it. It asked which acct to use to sign in and I picked my YouTube acct. Something about being signed in with the Google acct messes with it. 

 

Being signed in with my YouTube acct doesn't get me past age restricted content though. Last time I encountered this issue I signed in with Google, which started this whole issue for me.

 

Hope this helps

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