How to Bulk Delete All Youtube’s Watch Later Videos in July 2022

When seeing a good Youtube video, it is common for people to add it to Watch Later list to “watch later”. The problem is that the list keeps adding up and becomes bigger and bigger.

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When the Watch Later list becomes too big, it will loose its purpose of keeping track of wanted videos. Users start deleting watched videos or uninteresting ones. But they must click “Remove from Watch later” for a hundreds of videos. In most cases nobody wants to do that.

Bulk-deleting is the solution everyone loves. Youtube has Delete watched videos feature which delete videos you already watched. Even if you only watch 1 second of a video, it is also deleted. What about videos we haven’t watched? We still need to find a way to delete them in bulk.

So Youtube still lacks the much-needed mass delete features. Fortunately, we can execute a JavaScript block of code to mass delete Watch Later videos.

Steps to Remove All Watch Later Videos at Once

1) Open your Youtube Watch List in web browsers like Chrome or Brave.

2) Press F12 to open developer’s console or access it via web browser’s Menu.

3) Navigate to Console tab.

4) Paste this script into the console and press Enter.

Updated: 2021/09/24

Here are the scripts I used to delete videos on my Watch later list:

One of the following scripts can work for you. Try both to see which one sticks. The following script was modifed to work with recent Youtube changes.



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

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

After pressing Enter, you will see videos disappearing one by one. When the script executes, it open the menu of each video popup item and click on the Remove from Watch Later menu item.

Apply the script in different language

Thanks Xerus for reporting bout the script not working in other languages. Here is how to apply it for other languages:

  • Find the text of the hidden menu button (three vertical dots) by Right-click and Inspect on it. You will find the aria-label text in your language. Replace “Action menu” with the text in '#primary button[aria-label="Action menu"]'
  • Replace “Watch later” with the text in your language in span[contains(text(),"Watch later")

I tried the script in French language by replacing:

  • “Action menu” with “Menu d\’actions” – Remember to add a slash (\) before a single quote to escape it.
  • “Watch later” with “À regarder plus tard”

The script becomes:

setInterval(function() {
	document.querySelector('#contents button[aria-label="Menu d\'actions"]').click();
	var things = document.evaluate('//span[contains(text(),"À regarder plus tard")]',document,null,XPathResult.ORDERED_NODE_SNAPSHOT_TYPE,null);
		for (var i = 0; i < things.snapshotLength; i++) {
		    things.snapshotItem(i).click();
		}		
}, 1000);

42 thoughts on “How to Bulk Delete All Youtube’s Watch Later Videos in July 2022”

  1. Thank you so much, you’re a god for this. The second script worked for me. I was about to accept my fate of over 1k watch later videos. For anybody having any issues, instead of F12 I did CTRL +SHIFT + J and I also turned off my adblock just in case.

  2. ITALIANO:
    setInterval(function() {
    document.querySelector(‘#contents button[aria-label=”Menu Azione”]’).click();
    var things = document.evaluate(‘//span[contains(text(),”Guarda più tardi”)]’,document,null,XPathResult.ORDERED_NODE_SNAPSHOT_TYPE,null);
    for (var i = 0; i < things.snapshotLength; i++) {
    things.snapshotItem(i).click();
    }
    }, 1000);

  3. You’re updated instructions worked great in Chrome (needed to run it twice somehow, but no code fiddling required). Safari somehow did not.

    Did you set it to 1000 ms for bot-detecting reasons?

    You’re amazing, thank you!

  4. Your instructions were the only ones that worked so easily for me, and i’d been searching for 30 minutes how to delete all my Watch Later. thanks so much! using F12 / then going to console tab. is so much easier than the ctrl + shift + J that other people have suggested. thanks again

  5. Can you please modify this script to add videos from a playlist to the queue?

    I want to add all the uploads from a channel from the automatically generated “Uploads from [channel name]” playlist to a playlist of my own. Adding them to the queue and then selecting “Save” seems like the best option, and I would like to automate the process.

    Thanks!

  6. did not work, but this worked

    var all = document.getElementsByClassName(“dropdown-trigger style-scope ytd-menu-renderer”)
    for (let item of all) {

    setInterval(function () {

    item.click();
    var things = document.evaluate(‘//span[contains(text(),”Watch later”)]’, document, null, XPathResult.ORDERED_NODE_SNAPSHOT_TYPE, null);
    for (var i = 0; i < things.snapshotLength; i++) {
    things.snapshotItem(i).click();
    }
    }, 1000);
    }

  7. script worked just now.
    gracias

    used for almost 1000 vids though after a while it only did 100 at a time. worked again after refresh (for another 100)

  8. Script worked for few videos but now a message apears “why seeing this add” and script shows message in red “net::ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT”. As a result videos are not being removed from list.

  9. Thanks heaps! This worked like a charm, although I had to invoke the script several times after refreshing the displayed Watch Later list.

  10. Simon Mallet-Dubuc

    Would be important to mention that the Script works with English. If your youtube account is set in another language, you will have to replace “Watch later” in the script with the correct language first, or set your account in english and execute the script afterwards. awesome thank you

  11. Works perfect for me. Now I have to wait 2 hours till it clears the entire list. I know I have an addiction I’m a chronic video hoarder lol.

  12. Sorry to add more questions but, I did this, and it worked, but I didn’t know what to do after it was done. At the end I get something similar to what: FAHAD’s comment in Mar/2021. I copied this from his comment: 235VM98:4 Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property ‘click’ of undefined
    at :4:13
    If you could please respond. Thanks.

    1. What did you mean by “after it was done”? If the script worked and all videos were deleted, try refreshing your browser’s tab to stop script from executing. That error happens when there is no video to delete.

  13. This is not working for me. I’m getting a pop up that says “Why this ad? on one line and then “Stop seeing this ad” on the second line.

    1. Can you explain in more detail or a screenshot? What is your Youtube language, any installed browser addons for Youtube?

  14. Neither the first nor second script is not working this error is showing

    setInterval(function() {
    document.querySelector(‘#primary button[aria-label=”Action menu”]’).click();
    var things = document.evaluate(‘//span[contains(text(),”Watch later”)]’,document,null,XPathResult.ORDERED_NODE_SNAPSHOT_TYPE,null);
    for (var i = 0; i < things.snapshotLength; i++) {
    things.snapshotItem(i).click();
    }
    }, 1000);
    1272
    235VM98:4 Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'click' of undefined
    at :4:13

    1. This script hasn’t work anymore with new Youtube’s UI. I’m testing and see if I can write a new script.

      Edited: I uploaded new script.

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