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How to play YouTube videos in the background on iOS and Android

YouTube’s content is so varied, you can find anything from tutorials, to TV shows, and even the latest music videos. You may have run into a situation where you wanted to listen to YouTube in the background while doing something else on your smartphone. Closing the YouTube app will stop the video from playing, yes, but there are a few simple workarounds that will allow you to listen to a video in the background while you get on with something else. Here are some very simple ways to play a YouTube video in the background on both iOS and Android devices.

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Playing videos with YouTube Red (Android, iOS)

Let’s get YouTube Red out of the way first. YouTube Red is a subscription-based service allows you to play content in the background, watch original shows that are exclusive to YouTube Red subscribers, and avoid ads. This service is available in the United States, and you can subscribe to it from directly within the YouTube app.

If you want to listen to music in the background — and you’re not subscribed to YouTube Red — the music will stop playing as soon as you close the app. So if you want to accomplish this using YouTube’s official app, you’ll need to subscribe to YouTube Red.

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Playing videos with Safari (iOS)

Many people are shocked to find out that you can accomplish this task natively in iOS without any jailbreaking your phone or downloading any special apps. It’s as easy as playing the video in Safari and then closing it after it starts playing. Here’s

Step 1: Launch Safari as you would normally and go to YouTube.

Step 2: Navigate to the video you want to play in the background.

Step 3: Tap and hold the reload icon in the upper-right of the Safari window to switch to Desktop Mode. Then, tap Request Desktop Site.

Step 4: Start playing the video, and press the Home button to close Safari.

Step 5: Swipe up on the home screen to open Action Center and swipe left to reveal the music player.

Step 6: In Action Center, you will see the YouTube video instead of your music. Simply tap play and continue listening to your video as if you were watching it on your device.

Playing videos with Firefox and Chrome (Android)

Playing YouTube videos in the background in Android can be done with both Firefox and Google Chrome. You can use either browser, but your version of Chrome must be v.54 or higher.

Step 1: Launch Firefox or Chrome as you would normally and go to YouTube.

Step 2: Navigate to the video you want to play in the background.

Step 3: Go to the Settings menu by tapping the three dots in the upper-right corner of the window. Afterward, tap Request Desktop Site.

Step 4: Start playing the video, and press the Home button to close your browser. If the video stops playing while using Chrome, you may also have to pull down the notifications bar and press play.

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Playing videos with Awesome Pop-up Video (Android)

We have to mention an app called Awesome Pop-up Video, along with its premium counterpart, the latter of which allows you to play videos that are more than 5-minutes long. We suggest checking out the free version of the app first, however, to see if you like the software. Both versions of the app work in the same way, and will play your desired video in a pop-up window so you can do other things while the video is playing.

Step 1: Go to YouTube using any browser on your Android smartphone.

Step 2: Navigate to the video you want to play in the background and copy the URL.

Step 3: Paste the URL into the app and tap the icon on the right.

Step 4: Close the app and your video will immediately appear in a pop-up window.

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