How to Listen to YouTube in the Background on Android Device

YouTube app doesn’t allow playing video in the background. So, here, we will give you an easy solution on how to listen to YouTube in the background on Android.

By Lydia Smith | Posted: May. 31, 2018, Last Updated: May. 31, 2018
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YouTube is one of the most popular video streaming services that have millions of videos from various categories like TV shows, music videos, funny and educational videos and much more. But not all content on YouTube has a video. There is so much content like music and podcasts on YouTube without video content that you will like to play YouTube with screen off Android or in the background while using some other app on your Android device. But YouTube app doesn’t allow listening to music or podcasts in the background.

It’s annoying because you don’t always have the time to keep YouTube app open while listening music on YouTube. But if you minimize YouTube app, it will pause the video and you won’t be able to listen to music. So, there has been huge demand from users for a way to play YouTube with the screen off on Android. There are some third-party apps that allow you to play YouTube in the background, but they are tedious to use. So, in this post, we will tell you how to listen to YouTube in the background on Android without installing any third party app.

How to Listen to YouTube in the Background on Android

Listening to YouTube in the background on Android can be done using the Google Chrome. Using this method, you don’t use the YouTube app for playing a video, but instead, use the Google Chrome browser to play the video. Then, you can minimize the Google Chrome and use the controls from the notification center to keep the video playing. You can follow the below steps for a detailed guide on how to listen to YouTube in the background on Android using Google Chrome browser.

Step 1 Launch the Google Chrome browser on your Android device and then visit the YouTube mobile website.

Step 2 Then, tap on the “three dots” icon or the “More” icon at the top right corner of the Chrome browser to display the browser options.

Step 3 Tap on the “Request Desktop site” checkbox to open the Desktop version of YouTube website.

How to Listen to YouTube in the Background on Android

How to Listen to YouTube in the Background on Android

Step 4 Now, go to the video on YouTube that you want to play in the background.

Step 5 Play the video and then press the Home button to send the Chrome browser in the background. If the video pauses, you can use the controls from the notification bar or from the lock screen to start playing it again.

  1. To use this method to play a YouTube video in the background, you need to have the notifications enabled for the Google Chrome browser. Only then will you be able to resume the playback when you exit the Google Chrome browser.
  2. If you want, you can also use the Firefox browser instead of Google Chrome. It also supports playing YouTube videos in the background. Third-party apps are also available that allows users to play YouTube with the screen off on Android in the background.

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YouTube has the largest collection of all types of videos and music on the Internet. Sometimes, when you find something interesting, you might want to download the videos or music from YouTube to Android. An Android manager – AnyTrans for Android can help you make it for free. Follow the guide on how to download music from YouTube on Android to know how to do. Before the detailed steps, free download AnyTrans for Android and install it to computer.

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How to Download Music from YouTube on Android

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The Bottom Line

Most users feel really annoyed with the restriction of YouTube app to not allow video playback in the background. Right now, only users with YouTube Red subscription has the facility to play YouTube with screen off Android. But most users don’t want to buy YouTube Red subscription just so that they can listen to music in the background. So, in this post, we have given you the best solution for listening to YouTube in the background on Android.

Lydia Smith

Member of iMobie team, an optimistic Apple user, willing to share solutions about iOS related problems.

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