Youtube Music on the Cell Phone

Listening to music in the background on YouTube while doing some other activity on your cell phone is something many of us would like to do.

Here are some tips to make it easy for you.

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YouTube is one of the most diverse content platforms in the world, and it’s easy to find tutorials, TV shows and even the latest music videos.

But it’s not just about watching, sometimes all you want to do is listen to YouTube in the background, take care of other things on your phone.

Closing the YouTube application will prevent the video from playing, but there are some simple workarounds that allow you to listen to a video in the background while you go on. Here’s our simple guide on how to play YouTube in the background for iOS and Android devices.

Looking for music on YouTube to listen to in the background? Maybe you should take a look at our simple guide on how to upload videos to Youtube.

YouTube Premium (Android, iOS)

YouTube Red was YouTube’s official way of allowing you to close the application and continue listening to it, but that service has changed in favor of YouTube Premium. Fortunately, there isn’t much difference between the two in terms of our needs.

It allows us to get rid of ads on desktop computers and cell phones, access exclusive videos and download videos.

But most importantly for our needs, it also allows users to continue listening after turning off their phone screen, or navigating to another application.

YouTube Premium also offers ad-free access to YouTube Music – replacing Google Play Music – and Premium gives you the ability to turn off the screen of this application as well.

What’s the catch? As you might expect, it’s money. YouTube Premium will cost you $12 a month, or $18 for a family subscription of up to six members.

Video playback with Opera Mini (iOS) browser

On an iPhone? There’s a way to play YouTube videos in the background on iOS without having to break the jail on your phone. It’s as simple as playing the video in Opera Mini, and then closing it when it starts playing.

Step 1: Launch Opera Mini as you normally would, and go to the YouTube website. Make sure you stay on the website and don’t walk away from the YouTube application.

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

Step 3: In Opera Mini, tap the red O in the lower right corner, then go to Settings > User Agent and select Desktop. Tap Done in the upper right corner when you are done.

Step 4: Play the desired video in the desktop mode, then close the browser to return to the startup screen.

Step 5: Move the cursor over the Home screen to open the Control Center and display the Music Player. On iPhone X, you must access the Control Center by dragging the top right edge of the screen.

Step 6: In the music playback control of the control center, you will see the YouTube video paused. Simply tap Play and continue to play your video as if you were watching it on your device.

Video playback with Firefox and Chrome (Android)

Playing YouTube videos in the background on Android can be done with Firefox and Google Chrome.

You can use either browser, but your Chrome version must be version 54 or higher.

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

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

Step 3: Access the settings menu by touching the three dots in the upper right corner of the window. Then tap Request Desktop Space.

Step 4: Start playing the video and press the Start button to close the browser.

If the video stops while you are using Chrome, you may also have to lower the notification bar and press play. Make sure you don’t close the screen before pressing the start button, as the video will stop automatically.

Playing video with Awesome Pop-up Video (Android)

Is Android 8.0 Oreo not possible on your phone? Don’t worry, there’s an app for that.

Awesome Pop-up Video will play the video you choose in a pop-up window so you can do other things while the video plays.

Just open the application and use the search function to find the video of your choice.

Touch it and it will open in a separate window that can be dragged across the screen, as in Oreo’s picture-in-picture mode.

Unfortunately, there is no way to close the screen and continue listening, but the addition of a picture-in-picture mode is good enough to justify inclusion in this list.

There is also a premium version of the application that allows you to upload offline videos (but not YouTube videos, oddly enough), and remove ads on Awesome Pop-up Video.

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