In this tutorial, we will learn how to play YouTube videos in the background on Android devices. By default, when you exit the YouTube app or lock your device screen, the video playback automatically pauses. However, there are a few workarounds that allow you to continue playing YouTube videos even when you are not actively using the app.
Method 1: Using the YouTube Vanced App
One of the most popular methods to play YouTube videos in the background on Android is by using a third-party app called YouTube Vanced. Follow these steps:
- Download and Install YouTube Vanced:
- First, download the APK file for YouTube Vanced from a trusted source.
- Enable installation from unknown sources by going to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources and toggle it on.
- Open the downloaded APK file and install YouTube Vanced.
- Open YouTube Vanced and sign in with your Google account credentials.
- This step is necessary to access your personalized subscriptions and recommendations.
- In YouTube Vanced, tap on your profile picture at the top right corner to access settings.
- Select “Settings” from the menu.
- Scroll down and find “Background & Downloads” under General settings.
- Enable “Background playback”.
- Now you can play any YouTube video in the background on your Android device.
- Simply exit the app or lock your screen, and the video will continue playing.
Method 2: Using a Web Browser
If you prefer not to use a third-party app, you can also play YouTube videos in the background using a web browser. Follow these steps:
- Open YouTube in a Web Browser:
- Launch your preferred web browser on your Android device.
- Go to the YouTube website by entering “www.youtube.com” in the address bar.
- In the web browser’s menu options, look for “Request desktop site” or similar.
- This option forces YouTube to load as if you were accessing it from a desktop computer.
- Navigate to the video you want to play.