How to Play YouTube in Background on iPhone/iPad

Playing YouTube videos in the background is kind of an impossible task for many users. However, there are ways to do it and you will learn how to play YouTube in background with ease in the below post.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jun. 25, 2021

YouTube is no doubt one of the largest video hosting websites out there where you can access almost any video or audio you ever wanted to watch or listen to. When it comes to accessing the content, though, there are a few restrictions as to how you can play YouTube videos on your devices. One of the important ones for end-users like you is YouTube does not let you play videos in the background on your iPhone and iPad devices. It is something that a lot of music lovers desire for but the company just does not let you access it.

The reason the background play feature is not available is because it is part of YouTube’s premium plan where you pay a monthly fee to get access to this feature. However, there have been some workarounds lately that let you access this paid feature for free on your iPhone and iPad. The following guide aims to teach you these methods so you do not have to keep the YouTube app open to listen to your favorite music tracks on the platform.

Method 1. Use a Web Browser to Play YouTube in Background on iPhone/iPad

You may already know that there are two ways you can access YouTube on your iPhone and iPad. Either you can use the YouTube app or you can use a web browser to access the YouTube site on your device. The latter method is what allows you to bypass YouTube’s background play restrictions and lets you play YouTube videos in the background.

The following shows how to listen to YouTube in the background on your iOS-based devices like the iPhone and iPad using a web browser. Keep in mind, though, the default Safari and Chrome browsers do not work for this method.

Step 1. Launch the App Store on your iPhone or iPad and download and install either Firefox or Dolphin browser on your device.

Step 2. Open the browser when it is installed. Then, head over to the YouTube website and play the video of your choice.

Play the video you would like to listen to the audio part

Play the video you would like to listen to the audio part

Step 3. When the video starts playing, press the Home button and you will be on your iPhone’s main screen. You will notice the video has stopped playing. Pull up the Control Center and tap on the play icon to resume the video play.

Play the audio part of the video using Control Center

Play the audio part of the video using Control Center

The audio part of the video will resume playing and you now have access to playing YouTube videos in the background on your iPhone and iPad, thanks to the third-party web browsers allowing you to do it.

Method 2. Get YouTube Premium to Play Videos in Background on iPhone/iPad

If you would prefer to use the official YouTube app to play videos in the background, then the only option you are left with is to purchase the YouTube premium subscription. It will allow you to access all the videos on the platform ad-free and you will be able to listen to them in the background on your iPhone and iPad.

Subscribe to YouTube Premium to play videos in background

Subscribe to YouTube Premium to play videos in the background

To get started with the subscription, simply head over to the YouTube premium website and choose the package you would like to proceed with. Once the package is activated for your account, you will be able to play YouTube videos in the background on your iPhone, iPad, and many other supported devices.

The Bottom Line

If you have not yet found a way on how to play YouTube in the background on your iPhone, the above post has two nice ways to do the task on your iOS-based device. Feel free to choose the method that you think is convenient for you.

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Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.

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