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Amazing! How To Play YouTube In The Background On Your Smartphone this 2023

Do you want to watch YouTube videos on your phone in the background without having to pay the YouTube Premium subscription fee? Although this is not possible with the official YouTube app for Android or iOS, there is a simple workaround. If the video portion of the activity is not crucial, such as when you are engaging in ASMR or listening to music, playing videos in the background is convenient. Even in the absence of such circumstances, you shouldn’t always pause a video, especially a live stream, just to quickly respond to a few texts in WhatsApp or another app. All of these use cases will benefit from this guide.

Smartphones are designed to help us multitask, so what do you do if you need to take a quick break to answer an email but don’t want YouTube to pause the video? To unlock the feature, you have two options: pay for a YouTube Red subscription or use our instructions to slightly cheat.

How to play YouTube videos in the background for free

You can watch YouTube videos for free in the background by using the instructions in this article, and in case you were wondering, both Android and iOS are supported. Here is how to go about it.

How to play YouTube videos in the background on Android

  1. Open on Google Chrome.
  2. After the page is loaded, tap on the vertical three-dots icon on the top-right and select Desktop site.
  3. Now search for any video and open it.
  4. On the next page, your video will automatically start playing.
  5. Now exit to the home screen, but you’ll notice that the video will stop playing in the background.
  6. Pull down the notification shade, and you will see the media controls of the video that you just played.
  7. Now simply tap play and your video will start playing in the background.

iOS Users (Works on iPhone and iPad)

Download the Dolphin web browser to your iOS device.

Open in Dolphin.

Navigate to the video you want to listen to and press play.

Exit the Dolphin app and you’ll be able to resume playback from the iOS Control Center.

Google obviously wants users to pay to have access to such features which is why the company encourages users to buy a YouTube Red subscription. These are currently the only ways to run YouTube in the background at the moment and we suggest you give it a try to avoid future annoyance. 


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