Windows 11 Media Player: Clearing Recent Media History

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Microsoft upgraded the old Groove Music to something called the new Media Player in Windows 11. It can do a pretty good job in playing songs and videos of most formats, but it also remembers what you watched or listened to and has a list of history shown right on the Home of the player. Well, some people might not like this because of different reasons. If you’re bothered about this, in this guide, we’ll show you how to clear the “Recent Media” history using four different methods.

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Windows 11 Media Player Clear Recent Media History

Method 1: Deleting the MediaPlayer.db-wal file and setting it to read-only

This first trick is like saying “no more” to the Media Player for keeping tabs on your watchlist. You’ll delete a file named MediaPlayer.db-wal and then make it so the player can’t write to it anymore. This means your secret watching habits will stay secret.

  1. Open File Explorer and paste this in the top: %localappdata%\Packages\Microsoft.ZuneMusic_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState
  2. Find and delete the MediaPlayer.db-wal file.How to clear history in Windows 11 Media Player
  3. Play any video or song in Media Player. It makes a new MediaPlayer.db-wal file.
  4. In Media Player, go to recent media and remove the file you just played.Remove video
  5. Back to the MediaPlayer.db-wal file, right-click it, hit Properties.
  6. Tick the Read-only box, then hit Apply and OK.Clear recent media in Media Player Windows 11

Now, the Media Player can’t remember any new stuff you watch or listen to. Your privacy is safe.

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Method 2: Deleting files from the “Transcoded Files Cache” folder

If you don’t mind to do it manually, this next way lets you clean out the Media Player’s memory by yourself. You’ll go into a folder and delete some files.

  1. Head to this place in File Explorer: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player\Transcoded Files Cache. Swap “username” with your own.
  2. Delete all files there to forget the recent stuff.Clearing recent files played in Windows 11 media player

Tip: Make a shortcut to this folder on your desktop so you can clear things out fast next time.

Useful tip: How to Add Subtitles to Video in Windows 11

Method 3: Removing videos from the Media Player’s Home tab

If you just want to pick and choose what to forget, this way’s for you. You can delete certain things right from Media Player.

  1. Open the Windows 11 Media Player.
  2. Click on Home on the right.
  3. Hover over a video thumbnail. You’ll see a checkbox.
  4. Tick the box for any video you want to forget, or hit Ctrl + A to select all.
  5. At the top, hit Remove to clear them out.

Remove video from recent media in Media Player

This is great when you want to keep some stuff but ditch the rest.

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Method 4: Resetting the Media Player app

Resetting the Media Player is like hitting the big red button. It wipes everything clean – your history and any changes you made to the app. Use this when you really want to start fresh.

  1. Hit Search in the taskbar, type Media Player, and right-click the app from the results.
  2. Choose App Settings.
  3. Scroll to Reset and press the button. You’ll see a warning about deleting app data and going back to square one.Reset Media Player Windows 11
  4. Hit Reset again if you’re sure.

After this, your Media Player will be like new, with no memory of past plays.

Here’s what I think

The new Windows 11 Media Player is cool, but it’s a bit too nosy with your watch history. It might keep things you really don’t want it to store. If ever in doubt, the steps above can help you clear the video watched history and keep things private. And if this player isn’t quite your cup of tea, there are always other better options out there like VLC or KMPlayer.

Categories: VideoWindows 11

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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