How to Delete All Watch Later Videos on YouTube

The YouTube app has a feature to save videos and watch them another time. 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 in the future when they get time.

By clicking the three dots next to the video and tapping on the “Add to Watch Later” option, you can easily organize those videos. If you don’t get the chance to watch your “View Later” items or don’t want to hold on to them anymore, 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, but you can.

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 were not seen are a different story.

Mass Deleting Saved Videos You’ve Partially Seen

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

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

Upon completing the steps above, any video watched (regardless if you finished it) gets removed from the folder. Users may notice that there are still some videos remaining. These are the videos that never got viewed.

Deleting Videos That Were Never Watched

Once you remove the watched videos, you can delete the remaining ones, but you need to remove them one by one. Although the process is simple, it does take time, especially if there are several videos in the folder. Here’s how to do it:

Delete Unwatched Videos in YouTube on iPhone or iPad

  1. Select the “Library” tab in the lower-right corner.
  2. Tap “Watch Later” to open the entire list of saved videos.
  3. Touch the “vertical ellipsis” (three vertical dots) in the top-right corner of the video that you want to delete.
  4. Select the “Remove from Watch Later” button.

Delete Unwatched Videos in YouTube On Android

The newer YouTube “Watch Later” feature on Android lets you remove the video using the same method as the iOS app.

  1. Launch YouTube on android and select “Library.”
  2. Tap on “Watch Later” in the middle section.
  3. Tap on the “vertrical ellipsis” (three vertical dots) to open the Watch Later menu.
  4. Select “Remove watched videos.”
  5. Tap on “Remove” to confirm.

If your phone or tablet uses an older YouTube release, deleting Watch Later videos is slightly 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.

Delete YouTube 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 Command + 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 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 above script is verified to work, but others have not been fully verified. Some of them could be malicious enough to 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 YouTube’s thing, the final solution you saw here could be your best option. If there aren’t that many videos to remove, you can 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.

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

Rajorshi Roy says:
Since the old script doesn’t work anymore, I created a new one. It’s working as of 14/08/2021

setInterval(() => {
document.querySelectorAll(‘.style-scope.ytd-menu-renderer’)[5].click()
document.querySelectorAll(‘.style-scope.ytd-menu-service-item-renderer’)[6].click()
}, 500);

Tyler Smith says:
I opened up several tabs and ran the script to speed it up a bit, 5000 videos was a lot
Efid says:
The script doesn’t work anymore, and “&disable_polymer=true” also don’t work.
Any other suggestion ?
Tewbesta Alemayehu says:
Thank you!
Feel much better having a clean list:)
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.

painful says:
disable_polymer=true doesn’t work any more. It has worked till the beginning of this month.
Disappoint Google Slave says:
Very disappointing
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!
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).
Cenon Manansala says:
There is no longer an “Edit” button
nick says:
the javascript needs updating. it gives an: “items[i] is undefined” error
L says:
For that had this bother them as well, disable polymer first and then try the javascript script.
Joey Vandenburgh says:
Well this sucks. I have like 4,000 videos in there I need to delete.
Ruthwik says:
Thank You, it saved a lot of time!
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.
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
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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