How to play YouTube videos in the background with another open application
We tell you in this guide how you can play YouTube video in the background on your smartphone so you can watch movies or videos, listen to your favorite songs while you can still use and open to another apps.
YouTube is one of the most varied content platforms in the world, and it’s easy to find tutorials, TV shows and – of course – the latest music videos from your favorite artists. But it’s not always about looking: many times, all you want to do is listen to YouTube in the background, dealing with other things on your phone. And of course: closing the YouTube application will stop the video playback.
In case you did not know, there are some fairly simple solutions that will allow you to continue listening to a video in the background while you continue with other things. It is quite simple, and we explain it to you next, for both iOS and Android devices. Check also this useful tips: How to watch Youtube on Nintendo Switch?
You may also want to take a look at our simple guide on how to download YouTube music and listen to it on any device.
YOUTUBE PREMIUM (ANDROID, IOS)
The Network is dead – YouTube Premium is the future. YouTube Red used to be the official way YouTube allowed you to close the application and keep listening, but that service has been discarded in favor of YouTube Premium. Fortunately, there is not much difference between the two in regards to our needs. It still avoids ads on desktop and mobile devices, gives you access to exclusive videos, allows you to download and – of course! – also allows users to continue listening after turning off your phone’s screen or surfing in a different application. Enjoy YouTube VR now on your Samsung Gear VR!
YouTube Premium also gives ad-free access to YouTube Music, the replacement of Google Play Music, giving you the option to turn off the screen in that application. The trap? Evident: money. YouTube Premium will cost you $ 12 per month or $ 18 for a family subscription of up to six members.
PLAY VIDEOS IN CERTAIN BROWSERS (IOS)
It is possible to turn off the screen and continue to listen to YouTube with the Apple Control Center, however, with certain browsers to avoid YouTube restrictions. Firefox and Opera Touch are two browsers that definitely work with this method, although we also recommend you try this with some other iOS browser that you prefer.
That’s how it works:
- Step 1: First, go to YouTube from the browser of your choice.
- Step 2: Then, look for the chosen video.
- Step 3: Once you have found and opened the video you want to see, switch to the desktop version of the site. Note: this will vary depending on the browser you are using, but is generally accessed from the Options button in the top right, followed by a tap on the Desktop Site option.
- Step 4: Start video playback.
- Step 5: Now, go back to the home screen and slide up to see the Control Center.
- Step 6: You should be able to press the button Play ( Play ) to continue playing your video, even when the screen is off.
Eye, you probably can not turn it off again from the Control Center, but you can access the browser again to stop the video.
PLAY THE VIDEO IN CHROME OR FIREFOX
Playing videos in the background using an Android device can be done with both Firefox and Chrome. You can use any browser, but your version of Chrome must be version 54 at least.
- Step 1: Launch Firefox or Chrome as you would normally and go to YouTube
- Step 2: Navigate to the video you want to play
- Step 3: Go to the configuration menu, by clicking on the three points that are in the upper right part of the window. Then, click on “Require site for desktop”.
- Step 4: Start playing the video and click on the start button to close the browser. If the video stops playing while you use Chrome, you can swipe the notification bar and press “play”.
PICTURE-IN-PICTURE MODE IN ANDROID 8.0 OREO
This seems a bit misleading, since it is not an application at all. Android 8.0 Oreo, the penultimate version of Google’s mobile operating system, supports “picture-in-picture mode”, automatically displaying a thumbnail viewing window if you browse outside of YouTube. This window can be dragged anywhere on the screen and played to enlarge or access the playback controls.
It used to be a restricted feature only to YouTube Red subscribers, but with the introduction of YouTube Premium, Google has started offering this picture-in-picture mode of YouTube also to non-subscribers. However, it will not work with content classified as music, so you’ll still have to pay for that.
You can check which Android version you have in Settings> About phone> Android version (this order may vary in some phones), or checking if your phone has Android Oreo.
PLAY VIDEOS WITH AWESOME POP-UP (ONLY ON ANDROID)
We have to mention an application called Awesome Pop-up video, along with its Premium counterpart. The second one allows you to play videos of more than 5 minutes in length. We suggest you look at the free version first so you know if you like the software. Both versions work in the same way and will play the video you want in a pop-up window while doing other things on the phone.
- Step 1: Go to YouTube on your Android phone
- Step 2: Navigate to the video you want to play in the background and copy the URL.
- Step 3: Copy the URL to the application and click on the icon to the right.
- Step 4: Close the application and the video and a small pop-up window will appear immediately.
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