While many users lament the loss of Google Play Music and its replacement by YouTube Music, the popularity of the platform speaks for itself. However, the new app comes with a slightly less intuitive queuing system. If you are trying to bulk delete songs from YouTube Music Queue, you may encounter some hurdles.
We are here to help you. Here's what you need to know to delete the entire queue in YouTube Music on all compatible devices.
How to Clear Queue in YouTube Music on PC
Although YouTube Music was primarily designed for mobile devices, it is extremely popular as a music streaming app replacement for home audio systems. Due to the slightly different UI design of the PC platform, handling the queue in YouTube Music is relatively easy.
If you want to remove all songs from the queue at once, here's what you need to do:
- Open YouTube Music and go to the "Home" tab.
- Press "F5" on the keyboard to reload the page. For some reason, this way of refreshing the page removes all songs from the queue.
- You can also delete everything in the browser URL after "music.youtube.com" and reload the page by pressing "Enter".
Whether this is an unintended "feature" of the platform remains to be seen, but it's one of the best workarounds for clearing the entire song queue. Changing the queue by moving the playlists around will start to pile more suggested songs into the line (which you can't really control).
If refreshing the page doesn't work, you can create a new empty playlist and then start playing that playlist instead of the queue. This feature most likely works by overwriting some of the cookies that maintain your queue on the device.
Alternatively, you can delete all YouTube cookies, as this is how the app tracks songs in your queue:
- Go to YouTube Music.
- In the browser menu, select "More tools", then "Developer options". The shortcut is "Ctrl+Shift+I" for most browsers.
- Go to the “Application” tab.
- In the list on the left, expand the "Cookies" tab.
- Right-click on cookies, then select “Delete”.
- Click the "X" in the corner to close Developer Options.
- Refresh the page ("F5").
This should work to clear your queue from the profile, but it could also log you out of the platform and forget your location settings. On the plus side, you'll most likely get a whole new set of recommendations the next time you log into the app.
If you want to keep some songs in the queue, you will have to delete the others one by one. Here's what you can do:
- Select the up arrow icon at the bottom right of the page.
- Right-click any entry in the queue.
- Select "Remove from Queue".
- Repeat the process for each song.
Another important thing to note is that adding a song directly from the search menu will fill the queue with other seemingly random songs. YouTube generates the queue through its suggestion algorithm, but there's no way to turn it off.
Therefore, it is best to search for songs and go to their respective albums to add tracks to your playlist. Otherwise, you'll end up with songs from artists and albums and have to clear the queue repeatedly to fix it.
How to Clear Queue in YouTube Music on Android
The Android app for YouTube Music generally follows the most recent web browser version updates, with the iOS app lagging behind. However, unlike the web app, there is actually a feature to clear the queue.
Here is what you need to do:
- Open the app.
- Select your profile and queue to start playing music from it.
- Minimize the "Playing Now" screen by dragging the corner. The queue should now appear as a single tab at the bottom listing the track currently playing.
- Drag the bar down. For some users, dragging the bar to the left will achieve the same or better results.
The method described above is an undocumented way to clear the queue, and we won't know how long it will stay that way until Google updates the app and mentions it. For now, however, it seems to be working quite well.
Alternatively, you can load a new empty playlist. The playlist will overwrite the previous queue and you will start from scratch.
Since the app has a music search function similar to that of the web platform, you'd better go to albums rather than adding songs directly from the search results. This way, you can avoid or minimize the somewhat annoying suggestion function of automatically adding more songs to your queue.
How to Clear Queue in YouTube Music on iPhone
The iOS app for YouTube Music is not always up to date with the features of the web browser and Android version. However, the clear queue feature is still there, even though it's not properly documented on the app or supported by UI notifications. The process is similar to the Android method; here is what you will need to do:
- Open the YouTube Music app.
- Go to your queue and start playing the tracks in it.
- Use the minimize button (or tap) on the "Playing Now" menu to push it down the screen. The app will display the queue in a single tab, listing only the currently playing track with navigation options.
- Drag the "Playing Now" bar down. Some users may achieve the same result by dragging the bar left instead of down, depending on their iOS version.
This method of closing the queue only works most of the time, but it's the most reliable option we've found so far. Since Google doesn't appear to be updating the app with an official unqueue button, the workaround is relatively simple. The alternative would be to delete all the songs one by one, which might take some time.
Some users have also reported that the auto-suggest feature keeps adding more songs after removing an individual track from the queue.
Can you turn off auto-queue in YouTube Music?
One of YouTube Music's less queue-specific features is the auto-suggest mode. Each time you start playing a song without an existing queue, the piece will be added to the queue. However, the auto-suggest feature will keep adding songs to the line that are somehow relevant to the first track, but there's no way to control it.
Unfortunately, we haven't found a way to disable this feature and allow you to reliably add a single song. The best method was to add a song from an album rather than search results. Doing it this way seems to prioritize songs on the album over seemingly random tracks.
Clear and Fresh in YouTube Music
By deleting the queue, you can start over and add more tracks that you might find more interesting to keep your day fun. Although this option is relatively unknown, the platform does not seem to advertise it correctly to users. So, we hope you manage to make it work.
Did you manage to clear the queue in YouTube Music? What does your new queue look like? Let us know in the comments below.