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How to Delete a YouTube Playlist

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YouTube playlists are a great way to sort your videos and give your viewers an easier way to find the specific videos they need. Sometimes you just need to do some spring cleaning and that requires deleting playlists that are cluttering up your channel. In this post we will review how to delete YouTube playlists on both desktop and mobile.

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How to Delete a YouTube Playlist on Desktop

Deleting a playlist takes less than five minutes on the desktop. There are a few things to keep in mind. Deleting a playlist will not delete the videos in that playlist. Once deleted, that playlist cannot be recovered, it is gone forever. You can delete a playlist on the desktop by completing the following steps.

  1. Step 1

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    Open YouTube, click your profile picture, and select YouTube Studio.

  2. Step 2

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    On the YouTube Studio Homepage select ‘Playlists’ on the left.

  3. Step 3

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    On the Playlists page, select the playlist you want to delete. Run your mouse over it and select the edit pen.

  4. Step 4

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    On the next page, select the three dot menu, select delete, and confirm that you would like to delete the playlist.

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How to Delete a YouTube Playlist on Mobile

Deleting on mobile is just as easy. Again you will not delete the videos in a playlist, when deleting a playlist, and once that playlist is gone, it’s gone forever. You can delete a YouTube playlist on mobile by completing the following steps.  

  1. Step 1

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    Open the YouTube Studio app on your phone.

  2. Step 2

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    Open the dashboard and select the “Playlists” menu.

  3. Step 3

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    Select the playlist you want to delete.

  4. Step 4

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    Click the edit pen at the top of the page and tap the “Delete Playlist” button.

  5. Step 5

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    Confirm that you would like to delete the playlist. 

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Reasons to Delete a YouTube Playlist

There are plenty of reasons to delete a playlist. As mentioned above, maybe you want to clean up your channel. For example, my channel currently only covers one game. I didn’t want a single playlist for all those videos, so I broke them up by faction and gametype. In the future, when my channel has a few more games covered, I may want to lessen the amount of playlists dedicated to one game. IT’s all about ease of access for viewers digging through your playlists. 

Maybe you accidently created duplicates. I had two multiplayer playlists prior to typing this article (talk about good timing). 

Maybe your channel is changing. Perhaps you started with Let’s Plays and have pivoted to reviews. At some point you may just want to shift focus and lead your viewers to check out the reviews. 

If you aren’t feeling a playlist, but don’t want to delete it, you can also go in and set the playlist to private.

The way you categorize your playlists is going to determine how viewers find your videos. When it comes to separating videos it’s all about ease of access and not overwhelming your viewers.  The look of your YouTube channel is going to change with time. This includes how you break up your playlists.