How To Remove Your History and Watch List from Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is continuously improving its service, providing new features and products to make the experience better. You can watch your favorite shows or movies on a Chromecast, Fire Stick, PC, tablet, or smartphone. While you can add profiles to your account so that each household member has a “personalized” section of their own, others can still select yours and view your watch history and watchlist. This scenario is due to the use of one account for several profiles. 

This article shows you how to delete videos from your “Watch Next” list and your history. It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to hide how much America’s Next Top Model you’ve watched or looking to remove shows your friends and family viewed on the account. You’ll learn how to delete items from your viewing history and your “Watch Next” section on the main page. Here’s how to do it.

Removing Recently Watched Videos from Amazon Prime Video

The “Watch Next” category on the front page will show a carousel-style thumb gallery of your recently watched programs and some items from your watchlist. This section is located at the top of the page, followed by slidable carousels for prime movies, free movies, and rentals. Anyone using the account can easily see your watched and wishlist items with ease.

In theory, the “Watch Next” category is there for your convenience. It allows you to continue watching your shows from where you left off with just a few clicks, and it enables you to pick something displayed from your watchlist. Without the “Watch Next” section, you would have to search for the show manually, select the season from the drop-down menu, and then scroll down the page to find the next episode. However, other people that use the same account can just as easily see what you’ve watched or want to watch.

Luckily, removing videos from the “Watch Next” section of the website or app is very easy.

  1. Start by clicking on the blue “Edit” link at the top right of the sliding carousel.
  2. A large circled “X” will appear at the center of each thumbnail in the sliding carousel. Click the “X” to delete that title, and then click “Done” at the top right.

The “Watch Next” section on your homepage no longer displays the show(s) you’ve just removed. Unfortunately, you can’t remove all your history at once, so you’ll have to delete each video one by one.

Of course, if you happen to watch this show in the future, it will reappear on the list. There’s nothing to worry about, as you can remove it again by following the above steps.

Removing Watched Items from Amazon Prime Video

Deleting your watch history in Amazon Prime Video erases it forever, at least on your end. Amazon will still have that information to use to personalize and make your experience better.

Why would I delete videos in my history?

You may have “partially watched a TV show or movie, or perhaps you have too much data in that sector. You may also want to delete specific videos that affect how Amazon personalizes your experience. Regardless, the biggest reason may be to prevent other profile users from seeing what you’ve watched or want to watch (wishlist).

No matter what reason you want to delete Amazon Video history, here’s how to do it from the Windows App and the website.

Deleting Amazon Video History In the Windows 10 Amazon Prime App

  1. Click the gear icon on the bottom-left corner to open settings in the app.
  2. While in the settings menu, click on “My Account” to open the website.
  3. The webpage (to access your account) is the only way to edit your history. Log in when prompted. Under “Account and Settings,” click the “Activity” tab.
  4. Click on “View watch history.”
  5. To remove select history items, click on “Hide this.” The video will disappear from the list.

Take note that you are not “actually” deleting your history altogether, but you are hiding it. Amazon still has a record of what you’ve watched. At the least, it hides it from others or helps reduce your list.

Deleting Amazon Video History on the Website

If you haven’t used the Amazon Prime Video app or don’t have access to it, you can control your account directly through the website.

  1. Go to the Amazon Prime Video website and log into your account. Click on the small gear icon in the top-right corner of the page and select “Settings” from the drop-down menu. 
  2. Log in again if prompted, then click “Activity.”
  3. Select “View watch history,” and then click on “Hide this” to remove the videos from your watched list.

The video will promptly disappear from the page, and you’ll see a message that confirms its removal from your watched history.

Deleting Amazon Prime Video history from the website also deletes the items from the “Watch Next” list on the main page, therefore, taking care of both areas at once.

If you still want to keep the watched videos in your history for future reference, you can follow the first set of steps in this article to delete items from your “Watch Next” list. This process removes videos and shows from your “Watch Next” section while preserving them in your history for future reference. One last thing to note is that deleted shows and movies can still get reinserted into both areas if the same video is watched again, such as a TV show series.

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