How to Delete All Watch Later Videos on YouTube

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The YouTube app has a function to save videos and watch later. The “Watch Later” function is perfect for those who do not have the time to finish a video or stumble across one they’d like to watch at another time.

By clicking the three dots next to the video and tapping on the “Add to Watch Later” option, users can easily organize those videos. Many users may not get around to finish watching those videos. There are ways to delete them out of the folder.

For those who have hundreds of videos they’d like to remove, it may take a little more skill and time to clean out the “Watch Later” files.

Can You Delete All Watch Later Videos at Once?

YouTube does allow you to mass delete all videos that you’ve started watching in the folder. However, saved videos that haven’t been watched are a different story.

Mass Deleting Saved Videos

Both iPhone and Android have options within the YouTube app to remove watched videos from the watch later folder. For those who have started a video and not completed it you can simply follow these instructions to remove the watched videos:

  1. Click on Library at the lower right-hand side of the YouTube App.
  2. Tap “Watch Later” which is in the center of the screen
  3. Tap the three dots in the upper right-hand corner from the “Watch Later” folder.
  4. Tap the first option “Removed Watched Videos”
  5. A small pop-up will appear; Click “Remove”

Once this is done, any video that was watched (regardless if it was finished) is removed from the folder. Users may notice that there are still some videos remaining in the folder. These are the videos that were never watched.

Deleting Videos That Were Never Watched

Once the watched videos are removed, if you’d like to delete the remaining videos you can, but they will have to be done individually. Although the process is simple, it may take time if there are several in the folder. Here’s how to do it:

On iPhone or iPad

  1. Navigate to the Library tab in the upper-left corner.
  2. Tap Watch Later to open the entire list of saved videos.
  3. Tap the three-dot icon at the top right corner of the video that you want to delete.
  4. Tap the Remove from Watch Later button.
  5. Press OK to confirm the removal.

For Android

The new version of Watch Later for Android allows you to remove the video using the above method. However, if you don’t have the newest version, things are only a little different. Here’s what to do:

 

  1. Go to the Account tab.
  2. Under the Playlists section, tap on Watch Later.
  3. Tap the three-dot icon next to the video details.
  4. Tap Remove from Watch Later.

For the newer version you can follow these steps:

 

  1. Go to the Library in the lower left-hand corner of the application
  2. In the center of the screen tap “Watch Later”
  3. Tap the three-dot icon next to the video details.
  4. Tap Remove from Watch Later.
  5. Tap OK to confirm.

Delete Watch Later Videos from Web Browser

On the Desktop version of YouTube, this becomes more convenient. Follow these steps:

  1. On the left-hand side tap “Library” (this may vary depending on your browser)
  2. Scroll down to “Watch Later”
  3. From there, tap the three dots next to each video and remove from watch later.

Even though none of these options aren’t complicated, they’re still not nearly as convenient as a mass delete feature would be. Luckily, tech-savvy people always find a way around such issues.

Using a Script to Remove All Watch Later Videos at Once

Many apps and platforms lack the much-needed mass delete features. But their desktop versions (combined with the proper browser) allow for the use of scripts that can help you overcome many inconveniences. YouTube is no exemption, and there’s a script that can help you remove all your Watch Later videos with ease.

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Open YouTube in Google Chrome and navigate to the Watch Later list.
  2. Press Ctrl + Command + J on Windows or Ctrl + Option+ J on Mac to open the console.
  3. Paste the following script:

var items = $('body').getElementsByClassName("yt-uix-button yt-uix-button-size-default yt-uix-button-default yt-uix-button-empty yt-uix-button-has-icon no-icon-markup pl-video-edit-remove yt-uix-tooltip");
function deleteWL(i) {
setInterval(function() {
items[i].click();
}, 500);
}
for (var i = 0; i < 1; ++i)
deleteWL(i);

Immediately upon pressing Enter you should see the videos start to disappear. The process isn’t exactly lightning fast, but it’s the easiest way of removing all Watch Later Videos in one go.

It should be said that messing with scripts isn’t for everyone. The script has been verified to work, but there are many of them out there that may not have been fully verified. Some of them might even be malicious enough to seriously damage your computer. To prevent this from happening, only look for scripts from reputable sources instead of the ones posted by random people in various forums.

The Final Word

Since mass deletion isn’t really YouTube’s thing, the last solution you saw here could be the best. If there aren’t that many videos to remove, you can just do it manually. Still, if you’ve accumulated thousands of them, this might not be that good of an idea and the script may be the way to go.

 

10 thoughts on “How to Delete All Watch Later Videos on YouTube”

Avatar terminova says:
There is another option that doesn’t require scripts that I found on Stack Exchange in the answers to this question.

1: Go to your Watch Later playlist and add “&disable_polymer=1” to the end of the URL and reload the page. This brings up the old version of YouTube, and I suggest creating a bookmark for the page.

2: Go to the triple dot drop-down menu and select “Add all to …” and select “Create new playlist” at the bottom.

3. Go to the new playlist and add “&disable_polymer=1” to the end of the URL like before and reload the page.

4. Go to the triple dot drop-down menu and select “Add all to …” and deselect the box next to “Watch Later”. This removes them all from the Watch Later playlist. You can delete the playlist you just created after this if you wish.

Avatar omer says:
ok. just so u know, on windows it doesn’t simply work due to that new update of youtube; u will need to get to the older version of YT. all what u have to do is basically add “&disable_polymer=true” at the end of your playlist link (without the quotes) and it will take u to the page of the older version of YT. there u paste the script in the console part of the inspect and hit enter. there u go!
Avatar armando says:
Since YouTube got rid of the Edit button, you will need to add “&disable_polymer=true” at the end of your playlist link (without the quotes).
Avatar Cenon Manansala says:
There is no longer an “Edit” button
Avatar nick says:
the javascript needs updating. it gives an: “items[i] is undefined” error
Avatar Joey Vandenburgh says:
Well this sucks. I have like 4,000 videos in there I need to delete.
Avatar Ruthwik says:
Thank You, it saved a lot of time!
Avatar joshua fraim says:
thank you so much. i don’t care how slow it is. it’s nice not to have to click hundreds of times. now if only i can still click on a small icon on the video thumbnail to add to watch later instead of the aggravating method they pulled from the mobile version where you have to click the 3 dot thing then click add to watch later. an extra unnecessary step and why i hate using the mobile version.
Avatar kenneth russo says:
im wrong you can still paste but you can not do it with a mouse you have to use a keyboard shortcut control + v
Avatar kenneth russo says:
hi you can no longer use a paste command on youtube console so what to do now? in windows

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