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 you just want to listen to YouTube in the background and do something else on your phone. Closing the YouTube app stops playing the video. However, there are some simple workarounds that allow you to listen to a video in the background while you continue with something else. Here's our simple tutorial on playing YouTube in the background for iOS and Android devices.
Looking for music on YouTube to listen in the background? Maybe you should take a look at our simple tutorial on how to download music from YouTube and listen to it on any device.
YouTube Premium (Android, iOS)
Red is dead – Premium is the future. YouTube Red used to be YouTube's official method of closing and listening to the app. However, this service has been moved to YouTube Premium. Luckily, there is not much difference between our two needs. It continues to eliminate advertising on desktop and mobile devices, opens access to exclusive videos, and allows downloading of videos. However, for our purposes it is also important that users can continue listening after closing the phone screen or navigating to another app
YouTube Premium also offers ad-free access to YouTube Music – the replacement for Google Play Music – and Premium offers you Possibility to turn off the screen also in this app. What's the catch? As you might expect, it is money. YouTube Premium costs $ 12 per month or $ 18 for a family subscription with up to six members.
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Playing Videos with Opera Mini Browser (iOS)
On an iPhone? There is a way to play YouTube videos in the background on iOS devices without jailbreaking the phone. It's that easy to play the video in Opera Mini and then close it after it's played.
Step 1: Start Opera Mini as usual and go to the YouTube website. Make sure you stay on the site and do not switch to the YouTube app
Step 2: Navigate to the video you want to play in the background.
Step 3: In Opera Mini, tap on the red O in the lower right corner, then go to Settings> User Agent and select Desktop . Press Done in the upper right corner when you're done.
Step 4: Play your desired video in desktop mode and then close the browser 
Step 5: Swipe on the home screen up to open the control center and open the music player. On the iPhone X, you need to access the Control Center by swiping down the top right of the screen.
Step 6: The Control Center music playback control shows the YouTube video paused. Just tap Play and listen to your video as if you were watching it on your device.
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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 version 54 or higher.
Step 1 : Start Firefox or Chrome as usual and go to the YouTube Web site
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. Then tap Request Desktop Website
Step 4: Start playing the video and press the Home button to close the browser. If the video stops playing while you're using Chrome, you may also need to pull down the notification bar and press Play . Make sure you do not close the screen before pressing the Home button, as this will cause the video to automatically stop.
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Picture-in-Picture Mode in Android 8.0 Oreo
This movie seems to be a bit cheated, because there is no app at all is. Android 8.0 Oreo, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, supports "picture-in-picture" mode, which automatically opens a thumbnail window when navigating away from YouTube. This window can be dragged and tapped anywhere in the screen to zoom in or access the playback controls.
Formerly this was a feature that only applies to YouTube Red subscribers, but with the launch of YouTube Premium, Google has also offered picture-in-picture on YouTube to non-subscribers. However, it does not work with content that is classified as music. So you still have to pay for it.
You can check what version of Android you have by going to Settings> About the phone> Android version. (may vary on the smartphone), and you can see when your phone gets Android Oreo by taking a look at our guide.
Play videos with Awesome Pop-up Video (Android)
Android 8.0 Oreo is not possible on your phone? Do not worry. There is an app for that. Awesome Pop-up Video plays the selected video in a pop-up window so you can do other things while the video plays. Just open the app and use the search function to find the video you've chosen. Tap on it and it will open in a separate window that can be dragged around the screen much like the Oreo Picture-in-Picture mode.
Unfortunately, there is no way to close the screen and continue listening, but adding a picture-in-picture mode is good enough to ensure inclusion in this list. There is also a premium version of the app that allows offline downloads (but not from YouTube videos, oddly enough) and the removal of ads in awesome pop-up video.
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