How to Delete All Watch Later Videos on YouTube

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The YouTube app has a feature to save videos and watch them another time. The "Watch Later" feature is perfect for those who don't have time to finish a video or come across a video that they would like to watch in the future when they have time.

By clicking the three dots next to the video and hitting the "Add to watch later" option, you can easily organize these videos. If you don't have the option to watch your "View Later" items or if you don't want to keep them anymore, there are ways to remove them from the folder.



For those who want to delete hundreds of videos, cleaning Watch Later files might take a bit more time and skill, but you can do it.

Can you delete all watch later videos at once?

YouTube lets you bulk delete all the videos you started watching in the folder. However, unseen saved videos are another story.

Bulk deletion of saved videos that you have partially viewed

Both iPhone and Android have options in the YouTube app to remove watched videos from the Watch Later folder. For those who started a video and didn't finish it, you can follow these instructions to delete watched videos:

  1. Click on " Library " in the lower right corner of the YouTube app.
  2. Tap “Watch Later,” who is in the center of the screen
  3. Tap the vertical allipsis (three vertical dots) in the upper right corner of the Watch later folder.
  4. Tap “Watched Videos Deleted”, which is the first option.
  5. A small pop-up window appears. To select " To delete. »

Once the above steps are completed, any watched video (no matter if you have completed it) is deleted from the folder. Users may notice that there are still videos left. These are the videos that have never been viewed.



Delete videos that have never been watched

Once you delete the watched videos, you can delete the others, but you have to delete them one by one. Although the process is simple, it takes time, especially if there are multiple videos in the folder. Here's how:

Delete Unwatched YouTube Videos on iPhone or iPad

  1. Select the " Library " tab in the lower right corner.
  2. Tap "Watch Later" to open the full list of recorded videos.
  3. Touch the "vertical ellipsis" (three vertical dots) in the upper right corner of the video you want to delete.
  4. Select the "Remove from Watch Later" button.

Delete Unwatched Videos in YouTube on Android

The new YouTube "Watch Later" feature on Android lets you delete the video using the same method as the iOS app.

  1. Launch YouTube on Android and select " Library. »
  2. Press "Watch Later" in the middle part.
  3. Press the "vertical ellipsis" (three vertical dots) to open the Watch Later menu.
  4. Select “Delete watched videos. »
  5. Press " Remove " to confirm.

If your phone or tablet is using an older version of YouTube, deleting videos to watch later is a little different. Here's what to do:


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

Remove YouTube Watch Later Videos From Web Browser

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



  1. On the left side, tap Bookcase (this may vary depending on your browser)
  2. Scroll to Watch later.
  3. From there, tap the three dots next to each video and remove it from playing later.

While none of these options are complicated, they're still not as convenient as a bulk delete feature would be. Luckily, tech-savvy people always find a way around such issues.


Using a script to delete all watch later videos at once

Many apps and platforms lack much-needed mass deletion features. But their desktop versions (combined with the right browser) allow the use of scripts which can help you overcome many drawbacks. YouTube is no exception and there is a script that can help you easily delete all your videos to watch later.

Here is what you need to do:

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

Immediately after pressing Enter, you should see the videos start to disappear. The process isn't lightning fast, but it's the easiest way to delete all the videos to watch later in one go.

It must be said that playing with scripts is not for everyone. The script above is verified to work, but others have not been fully verified. Some of them might be malicious enough to damage your computer. To prevent this from happening, only look for scripts from trusted sources instead of those posted by random people on various forums.

The last word

Since bulk deletion is not YouTube's business, the final solution you've seen here might be your best bet. If there are not many videos to delete, you can do it manually. Still, if you've racked up thousands of them, that might not be such a good idea, and scripting might be the way to go.

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