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How to See and Edit Your YouTube Comment History
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- How to Do a YouTube Comment Search
- How to Review YouTube Live Stream Comments
- 2 Drawbacks of Using YouTube’s Comment Review Tool
How many YouTube comments have you posted? Is it a whopping number, like 7,000, or just a handful?
At some point, you'll want to view all your YouTube comments to see if they're still appropriate. We live in a fast-paced world, which means your opinions won’t always age well. They can sound offensive, off-topic, or downright cringey when you read them several weeks later.
Luckily, there’s a simple way to find your comments on YouTube. Let’s dive into a step-by-step tutorial.
How to Do a YouTube Comment Search
- Go to the YouTube homepage and find the left-hand navigation menu. Click History.
- On the right side of this screen, you’ll see a panel called History Type. Select the Comments option.
- The next thing you’ll see is a collection of comments you’ve posted on YouTube. These will be in chronological order, starting with your most recent comments. If you see any cringey ones, click on the video link or post link (in blue) to go directly to the comment.
- Click the three dots to the right of your comment to edit or delete it.
Here's what the comment history panel looks like. Clicking the links highlighted in blue, such as, "this video breaks the algorithm," takes you directly to the comment in question (so you can edit or delete it).
How to Review YouTube Live Stream Comments
Now that we’ve taken care of regular comments, let’s review the ones in your live streams:
- Return to the History Type panel and switch your selection from Comments to Live Chat.
- Now you can cycle through any live stream chat messages you’ve posted.
2 Drawbacks of Using YouTube’s Comment Review Tool
On the surface, this tool for viewing past comments is very useful. In the most basic sense, it does what it promises and allows you to review and delete comments. But here’s the catch (and it’s a pretty big one): If you want to do any of this with ease or speed, you’re out of luck.
The tool lacks:
- Filters and search parameters to narrow your results. All you can do is scroll the comments in chronological order until the page has to dynamically load, which takes forever.
- An all-time comment history. We at vidIQ reply to hundreds of comments every time we post new videos. It feels like this tool only collects the comments we post from a YouTube watch page and not all the comments we reply to within the YouTube Studio.
I say all that to say this: If your goal is to dig through years of comments to find the embarrassing ones, it won’t be easy or efficient. However, this is the way to go until there's a better way to see your comments on YouTube.