Fix: YouTube Watch Later Not Working 2023

Ever come across an interesting YouTube video when you don’t have the time to watch it? Add it to the Watch Later playlist and play it whenever you want to. This should be the ideal scenario, but what ends up happening with many people is that they don’t see the video in the Water Later playlist. If the YouTube Watch Later playlist is not working on your device, keep reading this guide to know the solutions.

Fix: YouTube Watch Later Not Working 2023
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From entertainment to education, YouTube has all types of content you’d want to watch on a video-sharing platform. It has over 2 billion active users, out of which roughly 500 million users are from India alone – the largest YouTube audience after the US and Brazil.

Back to the topic, YouTube Watch Later is a helpful feature. I use it quite often while traveling. Sometimes due to a lack of high-speed internet or when the video length is too long. If you can’t find your saved video in the Watch Later playlist, it can be frustrating if the video was important. You can search for the video title (if you remember). Or, search for the channel name and go through the videos.

Even if you managed to find the video that wasn’t saved to your Watch Later playlist, you wouldn’t want to do the hard work every time. So, fixing the YouTube Watch Later playlist problem should not be optional. We have jotted down a curated list of effective solutions to fix issues with YouTube Watch Later.

YouTube Watch Later Not Working? Here’s How to Fix It

If YouTube Watch Later is not updating, try the solutions below to fix it. Simply go through them one by one until you find the one that spells out success for you.

Before proceeding, I want you to ensure your internet connection is working fine. If your connection is unstable (that means disconnects frequently), the Watch Later playlist may not get updated. Try rebooting your router and save a video to the Watch Later playlist to check if the problem is fixed.

If the problem persists, try these solutions.

1. Use the “Sort By” Function

If the YouTube Watch Later playlist is not updating, sort the Watch Later playlist video to fix the issue. I know you may be thinking, how sorting the videos can fix the issue. You might not believe but this solution has worked for a lot of people. Check out the screenshot below.

Reddit Screenshot for YouTube Water Later not updating

  1. Open the YouTube app.
  2. Tap on Library in the bottom-right corner.
  3. In the Playlists section, click View all to see all the playlists.
  4. Tap on Watch Later.
  5. Click Sort and select Date added (newest).

All your saved videos to the YouTube Watch Later list should now show up in the list.

2. Log Out and Log In Again

If you still can’t find the video you saved to the Watch Later playlist, try logging out and logging back on to the YouTube app or website. It will refresh the YouTube Watch Later playlist which could bring your saved videos to the list.

Log out on YouTube and then log back into your account. Save a video to the Watch List playlist to check if the playlist is updating.

3. Clear YouTube App Cache and Data


The YouTube Watch Later playlist might not be updating due to minor software bugs or glitches. They can be easily thrown out of your mobile phone by clearing the YouTube app cache.

  1. Go to the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Scroll down to Apps and tap on it.
  3. Find YouTube in the app list and tap on it.
  4. Tap on Storage and click Clear cache.

Check if the issue has been sorted out. If the problem persists, you can try clearing the app data as well.

Clearing the YouTube app data will delete all your downloaded videos on the YouTube app. Also, it will log you out of the app.

  1. Go to the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Scroll down to Apps and tap on it.
  3. Find YouTube in the app list and tap on it.
  4. Tap on Storage and click Clear cache.
  5. Click Delete to confirm.

These steps may differ from brand to brand. In the above steps, I have used a Samsung phone. If you have a phone from other brands, go to the app list within the Settings app, tap on YouTube, and clear the app data.

4. Clear Browser Caches Images and Files

If you use YouTube on Google Chrome or any other browser, you should clear the browser cached images and files. Don’t worry! You won’t be signed out of your Google account.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Launch Google Chrome on your PC.
  2. Tap on the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner and select Settings.
  3. Go to Privacy and security.
  4. Tap on Clear browsing data.
  5. Set the Time range to All time.
  6. Tick the Cached images and files box and click Clear data.

Now, go to and save a video to the Watch Later playlist. Tap on Watch Later from the left side menu, and check if you see the video in the list.

5. Update the YouTube App

The YouTube app on your phone may have software bugs causing issues with Watch Later. This could be the reason why the Water Later playlist is not working or updating. YouTube is regularly updated to improve its performance and stability. It includes bug fixing as well.

You should update the YouTube app to check if the latest version can fix Watch Later issues.

To update the app, go to Google Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS), search for YouTube, and hit the Update button.

6. Disable Extensions

If you are using extensions such as YouTube video downloaders or ad-blockers, they can break some elements on YouTube. Perhaps, one of the extensions is interfering with the Watch Later feature and now allowing the list to be updated. You should disable all extensions and see if the problem is fixed.

Open Google Chrome (or any other browser you use), tap on the tree dot menu icon in the upper-right corner, click Extensions and tap on Manage Extensions. Now, disable all extensions and close the browser.

Open the browser again and visit YouTube to check if the problem is fixed.

7. Use a Different Browser

Not every time YouTube is to be blamed for all the problems on the platform. Sometimes the browser has bugs creating numerous issues. To check if your current browser is causing the problem, switch to a different browser. If you are using Google Chrome, I’d recommend switching to Firefox.

Download and install Firefox. Launch the browser, go to, and sign into your Google account. Open the Watch Later playlist and start watching your previously saved videos.

Final Words

It’s frustrating if you can’t find your previously saved videos in the Watch Later playlist on YouTube. However, there are ways to resolve it which we have discussed in this article. One of the above solutions should fix the issue. However, if the problem persists, you can reach out to YouTube support for further insights and potential solutions.

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