How to Have Youtube Play in Background Android

Charlotte Daniels

Android, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to have YouTube play in the background on Android. By default, when you exit the YouTube app or lock your screen, the video playback stops. However, with a simple workaround, you can continue listening to your favorite music or podcasts while using other apps or when your device is locked.

Method 1: Using the YouTube Premium Subscription

If you are a YouTube Premium subscriber, you have access to a feature called “Background Play.” This allows you to listen to YouTube videos in the background without any interruptions. To use this feature:

  1. Step 1: Open the YouTube app on your Android device.
  2. Step 2: Sign in to your YouTube account if you haven’t already.
  3. Step 3: Find and play the video you want to listen to.
  4. Step 4: Once the video starts playing, exit the app by pressing the home button or switching to another app.
  5. Step 5: The audio will continue playing in the background while you use other apps.

Note: Background play is only available for videos played through the official YouTube app and cannot be used with third-party apps or websites.

Method 2: Using Google Chrome (Desktop Mode)

If you don’t have a YouTube Premium subscription, you can still achieve background playback using Google Chrome’s desktop mode. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Open Google Chrome on your Android device.
  2. Step 2: Tap on the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Step 3: Scroll down and check the “Desktop site” option.
  4. Step 4: Now, navigate to the YouTube website (www.youtube.com) within Chrome.
  5. Step 5: Sign in to your YouTube account if prompted.
  6. Step 6: Search for and play the video you want to listen to.
  7. Step 7: Once the video starts playing, exit Chrome by pressing the home button or switching to another app.
  8. Step 8: The audio will continue playing in the background while you use other apps or when your device is locked.

Note: This method may not work on all Android devices or with all versions of Google Chrome. Additionally, since this method uses a desktop version of YouTube, some features may be different from the mobile app.

Method 3: Using Third-Party Apps

If neither of the above methods works for you, there are several third-party apps available on the Google Play Store that allow background playback for YouTube videos. These apps often provide additional features like ad-blocking and offline downloading. Here are a few popular options:

  • Vanced YouTube
  • NewPipe
  • iTubeGo

To use these apps, simply download and install them from the Google Play Store. Once installed, follow their respective instructions to enable background playback and enjoy uninterrupted audio while using other apps or when your device is locked.

That’s it! Now you know three different methods to have YouTube play in the background on Android. Whether you have a YouTube Premium subscription, prefer using Google Chrome’s desktop mode, or rely on third-party apps, you can continue enjoying your favorite content while multitasking or when your device is locked.

Remember to respect copyright laws and only use these methods for personal use. Happy listening!

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