How to Bulk Delete All Youtube Watch Later Videos in 2022

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

The Watch Later list on Youtube is a great way to keep track of videos that you want to watch later. However, the list can quickly become overwhelming and cluttered if not managed correctly.

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.

Remove from Watch later

In most cases, people would rather not do this and simply leave the list as it is. This can lead to a lot of wasted time scrolling through videos that you have already seen or have no interest in. Therefore, it is important to keep your Watch Later list manageable so that it remains useful or find a good solution to delete all videos.

Bulk-deleting is the solution everyone loves. Youtube has a Delete watched videos feature which deletes videos you already watched. Even if you only watch 1 second of a video, it is also deleted. This is a great way to clean up your history and get rid of any unwanted videos. 

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 feature. Fortunately, we can execute a JavaScript block of code to mass delete Watch Later videos.

“Remove watched video” feature

Steps to Remove All Watch Later Videos at Once

  1. Open your Youtube Watch List in web browsers like Chrome or Brave. Or you can access it directly by typing https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=WL to the Address bar.
  2. Press F12 to the open developer’s console or access it via the web browser’s Menu.
  3. Navigate to Console tab.
  4. Paste this script into the console and press Enter.

Updated: 2022/11/01

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

One of the following scripts might work for you. Try both to see which one sticks! The script was modified 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 opens the menu of each video popup item and clicks on the Remove from Watch Later menu item.

Apply the Script in Different Languages

Thank Xerus for reporting bout the script not working in other languages. Here is how to apply it to 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")

French

I tried the script in the 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);

Spanish

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

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);

Common Questions About Youtube Watch Later

Why can’t I see my Watch Later on YouTube?

If you’re having trouble with the Watch later feature on the YouTube app for mobile, there are a few things you can try to fix the issue. First, try restarting the app. If that doesn’t work, try signing out of your Google account and then signing back in. If the problem persists, you may need to uninstall and then reinstall the YouTube app.

Is Watch Later private on YouTube?

Have you been wondering: is my Watch Later collection private? Can other people see what videos I’ve saved for later?

Fortunately, the answer is no. Your Watch Later collection is completely private, which means that only you can see the videos you’ve added to it. 

How do I clear my Watch Later on mobile?

In the YouTube app:

  • Select Library on the bottom bar.
  • Tap Watch Later under the Playlist section.
  • At the top-right corner of the Watch Later screen, tap the three dots.
  • Then choose Remove Watched Videos.

How long does a video exist on the Youtube Watch Later list?

Most videos, they will remain on your Watch Later list until you remove them. However, if a video is deleted by the uploader, it will be removed from your list automatically.

58 thoughts on “How to Bulk Delete All Youtube Watch Later Videos in 2022”

  1. Appreciate the effort and the code. I used it and modified it to give a little flexibility on how many videos are removed each time.

    I also use an extension on Chrome (User JavaScript and CSS) and save this code in the extension, so that when needed I could run this code with one command : ps_remove_from_playlist();

    Link for extension : https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/user-javascript-and-css/nbhcbdghjpllgmfilhnhkllmkecfmpld

    // YouTube-Playlist
    // https://www.youtube.com/playlist?*

    const ps_gc_scripty_outube_playlist = `YouTube-Playlist`;
    console.log(ps_gc_scripty_outube_playlist);

    function ps_remove_from_playlist(p_max_videos_to_delete = 50)
    {
    let video_count = 0;

    cleanup_id = 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 = p_max_videos_to_delete) {
    clearInterval(cleanup_id);
    }

    }, 500);
    }

  2. Thank you so much, i couldn’t find any youtube videos that could help me, I tried your first script and it worked! I used this method on Google Chrome on a Macbook Air on Nov 2022. Thanks again!!

  3. Scripts on this page didn’t work for me. I just made a script using xdtool in Linux. Works 100% whatever code Google uses or changes

  4. Hi , seems like youtube just made a change to the watch later screen . can you please update the script please. thank you

  5. Dutch / Netherlands / Nederlands. Works 6th October 2022

    setInterval(function() {
    document.querySelector(‘#contents button[aria-label=”Actiemenu”]’).click();
    var things = document.evaluate(‘//span[contains(text(),”Verwijderen uit”)]’,document,null,XPathResult.ORDERED_NODE_SNAPSHOT_TYPE,null);
    for (var i = 0; i < things.snapshotLength; i++) {
    things.snapshotItem(i).click();
    }
    }, 1000);

  6. Worked on waterfox, reduced the interval to 100~ and made it really quick though had to refresh the page a few times to let youtube catch up. Thanks

  7. This worked perfectly – thank you!

    Does anyone know of a current script that will delete all liked videos in You Tube?

  8. None of those two options worked. Tried with Brave and Chrome. Can anyone update with working code?
    It pulls down the action bar but doesn’t click anything.

    1. Hi,
      I’ve just tested again on Chrome.

      This one works for me:
      ‘#primary button[aria-label=”Action menu”]’

  9. Spanish Version

    setInterval(function() {
    document.querySelector(‘#contents button[aria-label=”Menú de acciones”]’).click();
    var things = document.evaluate(‘//span[contains(text(),”Ver más tarde”)]’,document,null,XPathResult.ORDERED_NODE_SNAPSHOT_TYPE,null);
    for (var i = 0; i < things.snapshotLength; i++) {
    things.snapshotItem(i).click();
    }
    }, 1000);

  10. 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.

  11. 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);

  12. 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!

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. 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);
    }

  16. 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)

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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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