I want to add all search results to a playlist in YouTube. The quickest way to do this seems to click the "watch later" icon on every video (1 click). Adding each video to an individual playlist is much slower (4 clicks)

However I want to create individual playlists for different searches, so I want to move all videos from the "watch later" playlist to a new one (simultaneously), so I can keep a structure.

7 Answers 7

  1. Press the "shuffle" button for you Watch Later playlist.
  2. Add any random video to your queue by clicking on the three dots at the side of the video. You should now have a queue.
  3. Click the "save" button at the top of your queue and select the playlist you would like to add you videos to. (You can now go to your new playlist and remove the extra video you added in step 2) Done! Hope that helps.

P.S. I said to add an extra video to your queue because otherwise the "save" button wouldn't show up.

  • Thank you so much!
    – Ryan
    Apr 1, 2022 at 0:14
  • If your intention is to move to a new Google account, the same process can be used to save the videos to the new account's Watch Later playlist. Mark the playlist on the old account as Unlisted, copy the URL and open it in the new account, then do the process above, selecting Watch Later as the playlist to save to. Jul 13, 2022 at 19:41
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    I tried following this, but unfortunately it only moves around 200 videos, and I'd like to move all 5000. When I press "shuffle" it did indeed start a queue containing all 5000. However, as you say I can't save the queue at that stage. When I added another video to the queue, it truncated the queue to a little over 200 videos.
    – trr
    Aug 12, 2022 at 8:11

I used this Chrome extension from the great Pollux. I have just now moved 5000 videos from 'Watch Later' to other playlists.

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    This is the best solution. Only one that works for the 5000 Watch Later limit reached problem. Mar 8 at 17:39

I just found this great extension: Multiselect for YouTube (also available for Chrome). It creates a checkbox next to each video in a playlist (including Watch Later) and gives you multiple options, including moving selected videos to a specified playlist, or deleting them from playlists.


The best (read: only) way I've found to add all my "watch later" videos to a new playlist is within the mobile app (I'm on an Android phone, but probably works for iPhone too). It requires a smartphone and some device you can "cast" to.

  1. Play your "watch later playlist"
  2. Cast to a some device (chromecast, smart tv, roku, smart display, etc.)
  3. Pull up the video queue
  4. Tap the plus icon in the top right beneath the video playing and make a new playlist
  • This no longer works I don't see any save button.
    – Hao S
    Aug 5 at 23:39
  • Still shows up in mine, I just rechecked it. It doesn't say "save" it's just a plus icon in the top right of the queue that you pull up from the bottom.
    – Keagen C
    Aug 24 at 16:35
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    Okay I don't have a chromecast, smart tv or other device to cast to maybe thats the problem.
    – Hao S
    Aug 29 at 19:53

It seems that Google goes to great lengths to prevent you from doing this with each new iteration of the YouTube platform. Depending when you read this, you may have to search for a new answer. As of April 2021, the only working answer is to follow the above tutorial here by Keagan C.

After that, you'll probably want to delete the Watch Later videos by doing the following: go to your Watch Later list, press Ctrl + Shift + J if you're on a PC, or Cmd + Option + J if you're on a MAC.

Scroll to the bottom of the window that pops up and paste in the following script:

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(); } },

Now press ENTER and watch the magic happen...If you see videos stacking up that aren't being deleted, especially greyed-out [private/deleted/removed video] videos, click the 3-dot icon on each of those greyed out videos, and they should be eliminated along with the rest. If the process pauses, you might be able to help it out by moving the scroll bar on the video list to scroll toward the bottom of the list. If the scroll bar isn't helping, you may have to refresh the page and reload the script. You can also experiment by adjusting the last number in the script. Higher numbers take longer, lower numbers are faster, but your effectiveness at each speed may vary.

Good luck, and may the force be with you!

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    Why would they be intentionally crippling youtube for people who have filled up "watch later"?
    – trr
    Aug 12, 2022 at 8:14
  • @trr I have no idea - it's very frustrating. Why a 5000 limit anyway? That's peanuts. And need a way to organize them - group by category, sort, filter, etc. Mar 4 at 18:44
  • I remember solving this the multiselect browser extension as given in another answer
    – trr
    Mar 5 at 22:49

Heres one tutorial Does it work? http://www.art4software.com/2014/09/youtube-api-how-to-copy-the-watchlater-list/


Short answer:

  1. Go to Watch Later list with Advanced settings
  2. 3 Dots Menu in top right > "Add all to" > Choose your destination playlist.
  3. Ensure it's done by visiting the destination playlist and then proceed to Delete your current 'Watch Later' to add new set of videos to it.

Long Answer: (with additional old and hopefully still working method)

I originally meant to follow this guide from 2018 by nouyang. But at the point where it says to "Finally, go to your “watch later” playlist" it redirects to this regular Watch Later link, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=WL This is also the URL available for "Watch Later" in your YouTube's left panel. (The panel you get by going to hamburger menu in the top left).

Unfortunately, if one is to access their Watch Later via this URL, they won't find the '3 dot' to choose the "Add all to" option, which is important in moving videos from Watch Later to a playlist.
So, I was planning to follow this lengthy but resourceful guide from 2014 involving YouTube API, which also happens to be suggested by @Kangarooo here.

Thankfully, I was taken aback by the lengthy process and with some thinking & trial and error, I discovered this Watch Later URL with advanced settings which includes the beloved "Add all to" option: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=WL&advanced_settings=1&disable_polymer=1

  • now the last link also leads to regular watch later page without advanced options
    – lxknvlk
    Feb 13, 2022 at 11:24
  • I do not see 3 Dots Menu in top right > "Add all to" > Choose your destination playlist so assume this trick doesn't work anymore.
    – Ryan
    Apr 1, 2022 at 0:11
  • Doesn't work in 2022. advanced_settings=1&disable_polymer=1 params are being automatically removed.
    – overdriven
    Apr 3, 2022 at 17:04

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