Playing videos in certain browsers (iOS)
- YouTube app requires subscription to play background music
Do you wish to play YouTube videos in the background on your phone without paying the subscription fee for YouTube Premium? Well, the official YouTube app for both Android and iOS doesn't allow this but there is a quick workaround to get this done. Playing videos in the background is convenient if the video part of it is not critical — for instance, if you're listening to music or ASMR. Even otherwise, you don't always want to pause a video, especially a live stream, just because you open another app such as WhatsApp to quickly reply to a few texts. This guide will be useful for all of these use cases. Over the past few months, we have seen YouTube heavily promoting its YouTube Premium service and the benefits it has over the ad-supported version. Now, one of the biggest features of this paid membership is the ability to play YouTube videos in the background. Who doesn't want to listen to music or simply refer to instructions from a tutorial in the background all while doing some other task on their phone?
No need to get YouTube Premium just for this feature.
Closing the YouTube app will stop the video from playing, but there are a few simple workarounds that will allow you to listen to a video in the background. Better yet, there are ways to get a mini pop-up YouTube player while you browse elsewhere. Looking for music on YouTube to listen to in the background? Perhaps you should take a look at our guide on how to download music from YouTube and listen on any device. Red is dead — Premium is the future. Thankfully, there is not much of a difference between the two where our needs are concerned. It still gets rid of ads on desktop and mobile, opens access to exclusive videos, and allows for downloading of videos. YouTube Premium also comes with ad-free access to YouTube Music — the replacement of Google Play Music — and Premium gives you the option to shut off the screen in that app, too. What is the catch?
Pocket-lint - On iPhone, most music apps let you play music in the background. After all, they'd be virtually useless if they couldn't. For video apps that's not the case which - again - makes sense, since you can't watch videos with your iPhone locked and the phone in standby. With YouTube, the app is a sort-of two-in-one platform that offers videos and, with that, music videos which is a surprisingly popular way to consume music these days. Now, YouTube does let you use its video app to play music in the background but there's a caveat: you need to be a Premium subscriber in order to take advantage of that feature. Of course, you can use the YouTube Music app, but again, you need to be a subscriber for that too. Thankfully, there's a workaround that enables you to play music from YouTube videos for free, in the background, and it's really not difficult to do. At this point when you go back to your home screen, or lock your phone, the music will stop becuase the video stops playing. However, you can easily get it playing again, without going back to the browser. It's important to note, these feature doesn't work unless you put the YouTube page in 'desktop mode' in the browser, so that is a required step.