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.
How to play YouTube videos in the background for free
- YouTube app requires subscription to play background music
No need to get YouTube Premium just for this feature.
If your goal is to play YouTube videos in the background while you work on the phone, we've got some bad news: YouTube isn't going to make it easy for you. While this functionality used to be present in its various apps, YouTube has decided to reserve this particular functionality for paying subscribers of its YouTube services: YouTube Premium and YouTube Music. Below we'll point out a few ways to get around the limitation. The information below should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.
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.