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How to Clear YouTube Watch Later Playlist

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Originally published Mar 27, 23, updated Jan 17, 24

The YouTube Watch Later playlist is a great way to save videos and view them later. But if you don't keep on top of it, your Watch Later list can quickly become unmanageable and cluttered with content that you no longer want to watch afterward.

If you are wondering how, you can declutter the playlist, we've got you covered. To help you with the task, we've compiled a comprehensive step-by-step guide. In this article, we will show you how to clear Watch Later on YouTube with just a few clicks.

So, without beating around the bush, let's get started with our tutorial!

In this article
  1. How To Delete YouTube Watch Later Playlist
    1. How To Delete YouTube Watch Later Playlist On Web?
    2. How To Delete YouTube Watch Later Playlist On YouTube App?
  2. Bonus Video Tutorial: From a User to a Creator, How To Edit YouTube Videos Like a Pro

How To Delete YouTube Watch Later Playlist

If your YouTube Watch Later playlist is filled with videos you'll never watch again, or you are not interested in that specific content type, you can quickly delete these videos at any time.

Here's the step-by-step process on how to clear Watch Later on YouTube Web and App:

How To Delete YouTube Watch Later Playlist On Web?

You can delete the YouTube Watch Later Playlist on your desktop in the following ways:

From YouTube Homepage

To clear the YouTube Watch Later Playlist from the YouTube Homepage, do the following steps:

Step1 First, open a browser on your PC and visit the YouTube homepage. Sign into your account if needed and click the "Library" option located at the left-hand side menu panel.

accessing the youtube web library

Step2 Croll down and click the "See All" option under the Watch Later header. Click the Three Dots below the Watch Later playlist details on the next page.

Step3 From the drop-down menu, click "Remove Watch Videos." This will instantly remove all the videos you've watched but are still in the playlist.

removing watched videos from youtube watch later

Step4 Finally, to remove the unwatched videos, hover over a video and click the Three Dots. Select the "Remove from Watch Later" option to delete the video. You can repeat this process to remove all the content from the playlist until it is decluttered at the point of your satisfaction.

clearing the youtube watch later playlist
Using A Script

Since the above process can be tiring, you can use a script to remove all the videos at once from the Watch Later playlist in the following way:

Step1 In the first step, launch the Google Chrome browser on your system and head to the YouTube website. Next, select the "Library" option in the left pane and click "Watch Later" from the menu.

Step2 Now, hit the "Ctrl + Shift + J" keys on Windows or the "Command + Option+ J" buttons on Mac to launch the developer mode and open the console window.

using script to clear watch later

Step3 Copy and paste the following lines of the script at the end of the line under the Console tab where the cursor is blinking.

setInterval(function () { document.querySelector('#primary button[aria-label="Action menu"]').click(); var things = document.evaluate( '//span[contains(text(),"Remove from")]', document, null, XPathResult.ORDERED_NODE_SNAPSHOT_TYPE, null ); for (var i = 0; i < things.snapshotLength; i++) { things.snapshotItem(i).click(); } }, 1000);

Step4 In the last step, hit the "Enter" key to clear the Watch Later Playlist on YouTube. However, the process may take some time, depending on the number of videos in your playlist.

Although a bit tech-savvy, the script execution method is the most effective way to delete all Watch Later videos at once.

You can also replace the number at the end of the script with a lower entry to delete videos according to your preference. Also, choosing a lesser number can speed up the video deletion process from YouTube Watch Later list by a great deal.

Note: It is important to note that experimenting with scripts is only for some. The script above has been confirmed to work, but others still need to be thoroughly checked and could potentially damage your computer. To prevent this from happening, only look for scripts from reliable sources instead of those posted by random people in various forums.

How To Delete YouTube Watch Later Playlist On YouTube App?

If you are using YouTube on an Android or iOS device, it is possible to clear the Watch Later Playlist by doing the steps below:

Step1 In the first step, swipe up on the Homescreen of your Android device or swipe right on your iOS device to launch App Drawer, and tap "YouTube" to launch the app.

Step2 Now, tap the "Library" option in the bottom-right corner of the screen and tap "Watch Later."

accessing the watch later playlist

Step3 Next, tap the three dots (vertical ellipses) icon on the top-right side of the screen and choose the "Remove Watched Videos" option to delete them from the playlist.

clearing watch later on youtube app

Step4 If there are still unwatched videos in the playlist, select a video and tap the three dots next to it. Now, tap the "Remove from Watch Later" option. Repeat the process to remove all the unwatched videos to clear the playlist.

Is there an Alternative Way to Download YouTube Videos without Using Software?

Now that you've learned how you can clear the Watch Later playlist on YouTube, you might be looking for a way to download your favorite videos on your PC for later watch without using any software. If so, click here to find out 13 proven ways to get this done.

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Bonus Video Tutorial: From a User to a Creator, How To Edit YouTube Videos Like a Pro

Hopefully, you have found the most appropriate solution to clear your YouTube Watcher Later playlist. However, while you are a YouTube user, how can you transfer your character from a user to a creator? In this video era, why not participate in the creation party and be one of them?

If you have any interests, you can watch the video we specially prepared for you. This video will show you how to use a user-friendly video editor, Filmora, to create your own YouTube videos!


In this article, we've discussed how to clear your YouTube watch later playlist from both the YouTube web from the homepage and using the script in the browser's developer mode. We've also provided a step-by-step process for deleting the Watch Later playlist on the YouTube mobile app.

This guide was informative enough to answer most of your queries, and after reading it, you can now unclutter your YouTube Watch Later without any issues.

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Jan 17, 24
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