I’m sure a lot of people get to this point … it’s a form of procrastination, clicking on the tempting little Watch Later mini-clock-face.
“Of course I’ll watch you”, I say to the little thumbnail.
Fast-forward a few years later, and there are now about five hundred of these. Surprise.
Given that the average length is about half an hour (if it’s five minutes, I either watch now or watch never), this is several months of dedicated watching time. Not going to happen.
I could painfully prioritize these, figure out what I really meant to watch, and what I was just lying to myself about.
I don’t need to do that. I know I was lying to myself most of the time I clicked that little button.
So the next best option: start over.
Unfortunately, Youtube hasn’t allowed for this possibility.
I found a hack on StackExchange1. It involved moving some playlists around. Painful, but doable.
Doubly unfortunately, this doesn’t work anymore. The Watch Later playlist is an append-log now. Your pile of misery cannot be allowed to shrink2.
I tried it, didn’t work for me.
I tried reverse-engineering it, but couldn’t hack and cut my way through the mass of
I got more desperate, tried out other, more unwieldy snippets4.
I did find some kindred souls5.
Anyway I’ve been on-and-off this quest, with no success. Still looking for that “magical snippet” that will work for me.
(@Youtube, Y U No Let Me Delete My Watch History ?!)
- From a comment on that page: the clearly bewildered response of “These instructions are unclear”. You don’t say. ↩︎
- Okay, it can, but only if you watch all of them and then click on “Remove watched videos” ↩︎
- Retrieving a bunch through the right call to
getElementsByClassName, then looping and calling
clickon them ↩︎
- This one in particular, successfully crashed Safari for me after a few tries:
- As this reddit thread says, “Um, I have a YouTube hoarding problem. I have 2,335 videos in my Watch Later list.” Yikes, worse than me by far ↩︎