YouTube Keeps Giving Me the Same Videos? Try These 10 Fixes

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YouTube Keeps Giving Me the Same Videos

What could possibly cause YouTube to recommend the same old videos over and over to you rather than recommending fresh new options for you to try to watch and hopefully enjoy?

There could be several reasons behind this circumstance which we will discuss down below. To find out which possible solution options may work best for you, given the exact nature of the YouTube video recommendation issue, please continue reading on further.

Why Does Youtube Keep Recommending the Same Videos?

1. They Think You Should Watch It

Is the universe giving you a sign right now? For days now, if not weeks now, that you really think about it, you have been noticing the exact same video appear again and again on the list of recommended videos for you on YouTube when you sign in to your account.

Why is this happening to you? You have never watched this video before. You guess it might look like something you may like, but you are not sure. Should you even bother to click on it?

Well, the answer, surprisingly, may actually be yes. Sometimes the YouTube algorithm, for whatever reason, gets a little stuck on recommending a particular video to a YouTube user.

There could be a host of many different reasons why this happens sometimes. What can you do about this issue?

Fix 1 – Watch the Video, So It Stops Being Recommended

Sometimes you just have to give in to the algorithm to get it to stop recommending the same video.

This might be a little bit irritating, but do not worry. You do not actually have to watch the entire video, and you certainly are under no obligation to pay attention to it.

Click on it and let it play for just a few seconds or minutes, and if it in no way holds any interest for you at this point, simply use your mouse to drag the YouTube video progress bar further along to the end of the video to really speed through it.

Or you may simply hit the ‘Back’ button on your web browser or close the video by hitting the ‘X’ mark in the upper right-hand corner to close the web page or to close the YouTube app.

This method is certainly worth trying before you continue down this list of possible solution options because it is a very quick and easy fix.

If it does indeed fix the problem, that is. If it has not yet solved the issue, please continue further to find out what else you can do to resolve this problem.

2. You’ve Saved It to Your Watch Later

Does the video YouTube seem to keep recommending to you look at all familiar? Perhaps you have noticed it before. Even if you have never watched the recommended video, it is worth checking your Youtube ‘Watch Later’ list to see if you have, whether by intention or by accident, added it to this list.

If you do find it on this list, simply delete it from there. This may resolve the issue, and this will hopefully cause the YouTube algorithm to stop recommending this same video to you over and over every day.

Fix 1 – Remove It From That List

If you do find it on this list, simply delete it from there. This may resolve the issue and this will hopefully cause the YouTube algorithm to stop recommending this same video to you over and over.

3. Is it Possible You’ve Got a Bug?

So, this situation can be incredibly frustrating to deal with. But, just remain calm. There are several things you can try out at this point to get to the bottom of this. This is a bit of a hassle if you are trying to use the Facebook app right away and if time is of the essence.

This sounds like a very negative thing, right? You do not want any app or anything at all, for that matter, on your phone to be infected with a bug. In fact, though, this is actually not terrible news. It means that you may be looking at a very quick fix for this problem.

This sounds like a very negative thing, right? You do not want any app or anything at all, for that matter, on your phone to be infected with a bug.

In fact, though, this is actually not terrible news. It means that you may be looking at a very quick fix for this problem. Read the below steps to find out how to accomplish this task.

Fix 1 – Use Youtube.com Rather Than the App Vice Versa

This can be a little bit of an annoying hassle if you are trying to use the YouTube app right away and if time is of the essence. However, this may be the solution to all of your problems.

For a moment, stop all use of the YouTube app entirely on your device rather than just trying to figure out why the YouTube app is not functioning properly.

Now, search for the app on your favorite web browser program of choice and try to load the YouTube website from the browser window rather than attempting to use the YouTube app. Has this step been able to solve the problem?

If not, please read on for more helpful tips on how to handle this situation calmly and efficiently. Sometimes the YouTube algorithm, for whatever reason, gets a little stuck on recommending a particular video to a YouTube user.

There could be a host of many different reasons as to why this happens sometimes. What can you do about this issue? If this possible solution method has not yet resolved the problem, please try the reverse action and see if that will work.

So, essentially, if you have been using the YouTube app and having issues with YouTube continuously recommending the same old videos constantly, try the above possible solution method of switching to a web browser and attempting to access YouTube from there.

Now, if instead, you have been trying to make YouTube work properly as desired on a web browser (whichever web browser you may choose to use for trying to navigate to and run the YouTube website), then now try to access YouTube through the YouTube app rather than the web browser.

Does this fix the problem? If not, please continue to read on to find out what else you may be able to try to resolve this issue with YouTube constantly recommending all of the same old videos and nothing new.

Fix 2 – Log Out and Log In

Always try this method first because, many times, this is all that is needed to cause your YouTube app to start working perfectly normally again and to reflect any recent changes you may have made, such as deleting a photo or video from your YouTube feed.

Fix 3 – Clear the Cache

It is possible that your YouTube app could just be too hung up on the past and unable to move on.

Let us do away with anything bad that it may be holding on to that could be causing it distress. Clear the cache and try the app again. All better? If not, see the following step.

Fix 4 – Update the App

1. There are a couple of different ways to find out if your app needs to be updated and to figure out how to update it on your own if it is no longer doing it automatically.

2. You can find the ‘Settings’ menu on the app in question. From this menu, look to see if there is an option for ‘Updates’ or any option including that word.

3. Select the option and see if it causes your YouTube app to scan for any newly available updates out there and to download and install them.

4. Go to the Google Play Store and search for the app in question, YouTube. Tap once on it to navigate to that app’s page in the Play Store.

5. Now, where you would normally see the ‘Install’ button on apps that you do not currently have on your phone, you should see a button in its place that says ‘Install Updates. Select this and let your app download and install any new updates it may have missed.

4. The Bummer of Them All…YouTube is Down

Isn’t it frustrating when an app you really want to use right now is down? It is a feeling we all know and despises and dread.

But it happens to all apps now and then. This can happen due to updates or changes of any kind that the company might be performing on the app.

Typically, an app (especially a very popular and major platform such as YouTube) will not be down for very long (most of the time, it is a few hours, at most). Patience is the answer to this problem if this is what is troubling your YouTube forrays today.

Typically, an app (especially a very popular and major platform such as YouTube) will not be down for very long (most of the time, it is a few hours, at most). Patience is the answer to this problem if this is what is troubling your YouTube forrays today.

Isn’t it frustrating when an app you really want to use right now is down? It is a feeling we all know and despises and dread. But it happens to all apps now and then.

This can happen due to updates or changes of any kind that the company might be performing on the app. Please continue reading further to find out what other possible causes your YouTube app may currently be dealing with.

Fix 1 – Wait For YouTube Servers to Correct Itself

Typically, an app (especially a very popular and major platform such as YouTube) will not be down for very long (most of the time, it is a few hours, at most). Patience is the answer to this problem if this is what is troubling your YouTube forrays today.

Isn’t it frustrating when an app you really want to use right now is down? It is a feeling we all know and despises and dread. But it happens to all apps now and then. This can happen due to updates or changes of any kind that the company might be performing on the app.

Please continue reading further to find out what other possible causes your YouTube app may currently be dealing with.

5. How’s Your Internet Connection

If you suspect that the device you are attempting to run the YouTube app (or to run the web browser you are using to try to log on to the YouTube website) may be having a problem connecting to the Internet, consider the following options.

If your YouTube app (or the web browser you are trying to use to access YouTube at the moment) can still turn on, you must now try to figure out why it is having so much difficulty connecting to the Internet right now.

Use the ‘Settings’ option on your device, your app, your phone, or your web browser (whichever one you are more comfortable using to try to access the YouTube page), and now it is time to attempt to answer this question of discovering any helpful or necessary details about your device’s current Internet connectivity status and facts.

Another possible cause of the problem to consider now is your device’s physical distance to your router. Move the device as close to your router as possible right now, be sure that it is at least within thirty feet of the router.

Is your device able to connect to the Internet now? Are you able to access YouTube, and if you are finally able to access YouTube now, is your YouTube feed behaving properly and displaying new video options?

Always check to make sure that your router is working, also. It could possibly be a problem with the router’s Internet connection and not a problem with your electronic device on which you are attempting to run the YouTube app or YouTube web page.

You can test whether or not your router is working by checking on a different device (such as your smartphone or smart TV) and seeing if these devices are able to get connected to the Internet.

Have you changed your WiFi password or any of your WiFi login information recently? If this is the case, you will need to manually enter your new WiFi login information on your device to ensure that it is able to connect to your router properly.

Isn’t it frustrating when an app you really want to use right now is down due to a possible issue with your phone’s Internet connection? It is a feeling we all know and despises and dread.

But it happens to all apps now and then. This can happen due to updates or changes of any kind that the company might be performing.

Please continue reading further to find out what other possible causes your YouTube app and/ or your phone’s Internet connection may currently be dealing with.

It could be possible that there is some sort of issue currently going on with your WiFi connection.

Yes, this is very frustrating, but sometimes it will happen if you have a poor WiFi signal or for various other reasons. What can you do about this? Try turning off your phone’s WiFi connection and connecting to the Internet using your phone’s data instead.

Is the YouTube app working correctly now? If not, there is one more approach you try that may allow you to resolve this problem.

Fix 1 – Restart Internet Connection

Always try this method first because, many times, this is all that is needed to cause your YouTube app to start working perfectly normally again and to reflect any recent changes you may have made, such as deleting a photo or video from your YouTube feed.

This can happen due to updates or changes of any kind that the company might be performing on the app. Please continue reading further to find out what other possible causes your YouTube app may currently be dealing with.

What can you do about this? Try turning off your phone’s WiFi connection and connecting to the Internet using your phone’s data instead. Is the YouTube app working correctly now? If not, there is one more approach you try that may allow you to resolve this problem.

Fix 2 – Restart Router

If none of the above possible solution methods has been successful yet, it is now time to restart your router to see if this will solve the issue. How can you restart your router? Please follow these steps.

1. The first step to restarting your router is to locate the power button on the side of your router and then press this down to turn the router all the way off.

2. In order to play it safe, you may also want to unplug your router’s power cord completely to really give it a chance to power down before restarting in a moment completely.

3. After you have let a few seconds or minutes pass with your router being completely shut down, you will not want to plug it back into the electrical outlet on your wall or whatever you are using for your power source.

4. After you have turned your router back on, give it several seconds or minutes to fully reboot itself.

Fix 3 – Reset Router

At this point now, if none of the above possible solution methods has been successful yet, it is now time to do a full reset of your router to see if this will solve the issue. How can you reset your router? Please follow these steps to complete the router reset.

1. While you reset your router, you will need to be sure to keep the router plugged into the wall or power source the entire time.

2. For the second step, you will now need to find your router’s reset button. The reset button will typically be located somewhere on the back side or on the very bottom of your router.

3. You will now see the router’s reset button. It is a very tiny hole. You will need to use something very thin to reach through the hole and press the button.

4. You may choose to use a paperclip, a thumb tack, a hairpin, etc., to hold down the reset button. Press the router’s reset button down for at least thirty seconds and up to a minute.

5. After you have waited at least thirty seconds, it is now time to release the router reset button.

6. Leave the router alone for a few minutes while it powers back on and completes the reset process.

The first step to resetting your router is to locate the power button on the side of your router and then press this down to turn the router all the way off.

In order to play it safe, you may also want to unplug your router’s power cord completely to really give it a chance to power down before resetting in a moment completely.

After you have let a few seconds or minutes pass with your router being completely shut down, you will not want to plug it back into the electrical outlet on your wall or whatever you are using for your power source.

After you have turned your router back on, give it several seconds or minutes to fully reset itself.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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