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How to delete a YouTube playlist using your desktop or the mobile app

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You can delete a YouTube playlist, using your smartphone or computer, in a few steps.
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Since 2005, YouTube has been the website for all your favorite music videos, TV and movie clips, vlogger videos, and more.

Many users on the site regularly take advantage of YouTube’s playlist feature, which allows you to save videos in curated collections to rewatch later. The playlists can either be kept private, or shared publicly with everyone.

And as easy as it is to create YouTube playlists, it’s just as easy to delete them. If you decide you no longer want a particular playlist, removing it from the site and your account is simple and straightforward.

But be aware: once you delete a playlist, there’s no getting it back. If you’ve deleted a playlist and regret the decision, you’ll have to make a new playlist and add all your videos back manually.

Here’s what you need to know to delete a playlist on either your computer, or the mobile app for your smartphone.

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How to delete a YouTube playlist on your computer

1. Go to YouTube and log into your account.

2. In the upper left-hand corner of your screen, click the three horizontally stacked lines to reveal a drop-down menu. Click “Library.”

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Select “Library” from the side menu.
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3. On the Library page, scroll down until you see the section with the “Playlists” header.

4. Click the “View full playlist” link below the photo of the first video in your playlist.

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Click the link to delete your playlist.
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5. Click the three horizontal dots located in the upper-left of the page.

6. Select “Delete playlist” from the menu.

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Click “Delete playlist” in the three-dot menu.
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8. A pop-up will launch asking you to confirm your wish to delete the playlist. Click “Delete” to delete the playlist.

How to delete a YouTube playlist on your mobile device

1. On your phone’s home screen, locate the YouTube app icon and open it.

2. Ensure you’re logged into your YouTube account. Then, tap the “Library” icon on the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.

3. Under “Playlists,” select the playlist you wish to delete.

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Find the playlist you want to delete in your Library.
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4. In that playlist’s editing screen, tap the delete icon, which is a small trashcan.

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Tap the trashcan icon to delete your playlist.
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5. A pop-up will launch, asking you to confirm that you want to delete the playlist. Tap “OK” to delete the playlist.

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