How to Play YouTube in Background Android / iPhone?
YouTube is the one thing you spend most of your online time on it watching your favorite videos. You watch movies, documentaries, talk-shows and much more on it.
Sometimes, you may want to listen to only the audio such as music or talk-show while doing some kind of other work like exercise, or anything else but you have to keep open the YouTube App on your mobile phone.
Have you ever wished that there should be some method through which you could lock your mobile screen and keep listening audio of videos?
In this article, you will know how to play YouTube in background android / iPhone. You can do that on your laptop but cannot do on your mobile phone.
But actually, there is a way you can play YouTube with screen off android phone in the background and can lock your screen or can open any other app on the mobile phone. But how is it possible?
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How to Play YouTube in Background Android & iPhone in 3 Ways.
There are three methods that you can actually play YouTube in the background on Android / iPhone.
- YouTube Premium subscription
- Using Browser on Android / iPhone
- Using some third party App
Let’s discuss these three methods one by one.
1. YouTube Premium Subscription
Getting Premium subscription for YouTube will cost you $12/month and $18/month for family subscription with up to 6 persons. Premium subscription gives you ad-free experience, playing videos in the background, download videos and access to YouTube original content.
With the premium subscription, you can play videos in the background on your Android / iPhone and you will be able to listen to the audio even if you lock your mobile screen or minimize the app and do something else on your phone.
The choice is now up to you if you want to get the premium subscription. This is a paid method. If you want to try the free methods, read the following two methods.
2. Using a Browser on Android / iPhone
You cannot play YouTube in the background on your mobile phone through the free version of YouTube App. But you can do it using your browser. You can use any browser that you use regularly. You can play it in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Dolphin Browser, UC Browser, Opera Mini, etc.
Here I am using Google Chrome to teach you the method to play YouTube in the background iOS or Android devices. By understanding it, you can follow the same procedure from any of the browsers that you use. However, it may be a little different to find the desktop site option in different browsers.
Steps to Follow:
Step #1 Open any browser on your mobile phone. If you do not have Google Chrome browser, download from Play Store or App Store or can use any other browser that you have follow the same procedure.
Step #2 Open YouTube website in your browser by visiting www.youtube.com
Step #3 Search for your favorite video that you want to play it in the background.
Step #4 Play your favorite video.
Step #5 Click on the 3-dots on the right-top corner of your Google Chrome Browser. A menu will open up by clicking 3-dots.
Step #6 Now, click on Desktop site checkbox in the menu. The video page will be reloaded automatically to open the desktop version of the YouTube website.
Step #7 Now, again play the video, minimize your browser and return to your home screen.
Step #8 Once, the video will be stopped playing. Now open the notification menu by dragging below from the top of your mobile screen. Here, you will see a notification of the video that you were watching.
Step #9 Click on the play button. Congratulations, now you can listen to your favorite YouTube video in the background in your android mobile phone or iPhone.
Hence, you can enjoy audio while using some other app or even if you lock your mobile screen.
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3. Using YouTube Background Apps
There are many third-party apps that can play YouTube videos in the background. Some play videos using pop-up windows while some play only the audio of videos. Here I will discuss a few ones.
a. Floating Tube
Floating Tube app plays videos in a pop-up window. Open this app and search the video that you want to play. After playing the desired video, you can minimize this app. The video will be continued to be playing in the pop-up window.
Even if you lock your mobile screen, the video will continue to play in the background.
b. YMusic App
With Ymusic app, you can play YouTube in the background as well as download videos in a variety of formats. The best thing about this app is that it only loads audio and saves a lot of data.
So, how to play YouTube in Background Android / iPhone? One method is paid and the other two are absolutely free. In the paid method, you have to get YouTube Premium subscription which will cost you about $12/month and $18/month for a family subscription with up to 6 persons.
In the free methods, you can play videos in the background using some browser on your mobile or by downloading some third-party app from Play store / App Store.
That’s it all. Now you have learned how to play YouTube in background Android / iPhone. Next time, you didn’t need to search for this thing again and you can play it by following any of the above methods.
Enjoy playing videos in the background.
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