Google is now currently rolling out an update to the YouTube app to bring it to version 10.18, which introduces a new option called “Pause Watch History”.
This allows a user to prevent new videos from being added to their previously watched list, similar to the existing feature that allows users to stop new searches from being saved into the history.
This is perfect for watching a ‘one-off’ video on YouTube that you don’t want to be remembered or be taken into consideration for your recommendations.
The toggle for Pause watch history is located under the overflow menu -> Settings -> Privacy.
The update to the YouTube app should be rolling out as we speak, but if you want to grab it now you can always download the APK directly using the link below.