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Script to remove all videos from Youtube Watch Later playlist

UPDATED 22.11.2022

It's been two years since the last update, so here's the updated working script as per the comments below.

Thanks to BryanHaley for this.

setInterval(function () {
    video = document.getElementsByTagName('ytd-playlist-video-renderer')[0];

    video.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();
    }
}, 500);

Non-english users will need to change "Action menu" and "Remove from" to what YouTube uses for their localization.

@Cero-Pointer
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Updated for german users:

setInterval(function () {
    video = document.getElementsByTagName('ytd-playlist-video-renderer')[0];

    video.querySelector('#primary button[aria-label="Aktionsmenü"]').click();

    var things = document.evaluate(
        '//span[contains(text(),"entfernen")]',
        document,
        null,
        XPathResult.ORDERED_NODE_SNAPSHOT_TYPE,
        null
    );

    for (var i = 0; i < things.snapshotLength; i++) 
    {
        things.snapshotItem(i).click();
    }
}, 500);

@LosAlamosAl
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Sadly, as of 1/8/2024, none of these (English versions) work. Various errors (POST errors at YouTube, "Something went wrong", "This functionality currently not available; please try again later"). A common theme is that they work for a while (maybe 100 or so videos) then they die.

If you get stuck with continuously running Javascript as I did:

  • in the JavaScrip console window type debugger; throw 1
  • then from the Chrome "Window" menu --> "Task Manager"; find the Watch Later tab and kill it.

FYI, I'm running Chrome version 120.0.6099.71 (Official Build) (arm64) on MacOS 14.2

@jzisser9
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jzisser9 commented Jan 9, 2024

@LosAlamosAl if I had to guess, it's YouTube rate-limiting at work. Especially if it's a nice round number like 100.

@LosAlamosAl
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@jzisser9 Almost certainly, since it's about the same number (+- 10) with the user script by @js6pak. I cranked it down to about 5 seconds per deletion--same results.

@AttiliaTheHun
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Not sure if somebody mentioned it already, but you can click on your profile icon and select "Change language" (select English) and then there is no need for localized versions of the script. Next time you open youtube you simply change the language back, if it doesn't happen automatically.

@mpr1255
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mpr1255 commented Feb 15, 2024 via email

@derharry
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derharry commented Mar 11, 2024

Thanks for the script :-) I set the seconds down to 200ms - that speeded it up for me.
I was looking for hours for the button to remove everything at once, but it seems that Google removed it.

@vinivosh
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vinivosh commented Apr 1, 2024

Brazilian Portuguese version:

setInterval(function () {
    video = document.getElementsByTagName('ytd-playlist-video-renderer')[0];

    video.querySelector('#primary button[aria-label="Menu de ações"]').click();

    var things = document.evaluate(
        '//span[contains(text(),"Remover de")]',
        document,
        null,
        XPathResult.ORDERED_NODE_SNAPSHOT_TYPE,
        null
    );

    for (var i = 0; i < things.snapshotLength; i++) 
    {
        things.snapshotItem(i).click();
    }
}, 500);

@guilhermecgs
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Brazilian Portuguese version:

setInterval(function () {
    video = document.getElementsByTagName('ytd-playlist-video-renderer')[0];

    video.querySelector('#primary button[aria-label="Menu de ações"]').click();

    var things = document.evaluate(
        '//span[contains(text(),"Remover de")]',
        document,
        null,
        XPathResult.ORDERED_NODE_SNAPSHOT_TYPE,
        null
    );

    for (var i = 0; i < things.snapshotLength; i++) 
    {
        things.snapshotItem(i).click();
    }
}, 500);

👍

@macaua-23
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Thanks a lot @vinivosh & @colejd. It works.

@ArthurYdalgo
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Thanks for the script :-) I set the seconds down to 200ms - that speeded it up for me. I was looking for hours for the button to remove everything at once, but it seems that Google removed it.

probably because the requests were timing out

@SbMan1
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SbMan1 commented Apr 26, 2024

Made my own userscript which doesn't rely on the language and allows you to delete with progress threshold: https://gist.github.com/js6pak/33bdefdefac09c387f55d08c5b9526fa

I modified this to also remove videos published over X days old, and those that are private or deleted. This currently relies on the language though (English). It could be updated to look for 'no_thumbnail' in the thumbnail source though

Do you happen to still have this code as this would be very helpful. I just noticed I have 4,800 Watched Later and heard if I hit 5k I can't add anymore. I also msg'd js6pak on his forked page. I'll just do Date Added ( Oldest ) to make it the easiest, if I delete ones I don't want then oh well. Thanks for your time.

@BIRTAX38
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BIRTAX38 commented May 1, 2024

Polska wersja:

setInterval(function () {
    video = document.getElementsByTagName('ytd-playlist-video-renderer')[0];

    video.querySelector('#primary button[aria-label="Menu czynności"]').click();

    var things = document.evaluate(
        '//span[contains(text(),"Usuń z")]',
        document,
        null,
        XPathResult.ORDERED_NODE_SNAPSHOT_TYPE,
        null
    );

    for (var i = 0; i < things.snapshotLength; i++) 
    {
        things.snapshotItem(i).click();
    }
}, 400);

@ist182069
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Brazilian Portuguese version:

setInterval(function () {
    video = document.getElementsByTagName('ytd-playlist-video-renderer')[0];

    video.querySelector('#primary button[aria-label="Menu de ações"]').click();

    var things = document.evaluate(
        '//span[contains(text(),"Remover de")]',
        document,
        null,
        XPathResult.ORDERED_NODE_SNAPSHOT_TYPE,
        null
    );

    for (var i = 0; i < things.snapshotLength; i++) 
    {
        things.snapshotItem(i).click();
    }
}, 500);

Works for the European Portuguese version of YouTube as well. Thanks!

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