YouTube has a plethora of extensions and apps for desktop. You can even make YouTube videos float around your browser easily. When it comes to smartphones though, everything isn’t that easy. A major incentive to switch to a third-party YouTube client on iOS is often to get YouTube background play. By default, whenever you exit the YouTube app, the playback stops, which makes it a bit useless for listening to songs on the go. It is possible to continue listening to sound from YouTube videos if the screen is kept locked, but whenever you have to use another app, the video gets paused. Of course, there are several apps and Cydia tweaks that can help you in this situation. However, if you don’t want to rely on a third-party app to counter this issue, there is a workaround. For those who prefer listening to music or YouTube lectures on their headphones, the method is perfect.
To get YouTube background play, you have to use Safari, as the method doesn’t work on the service’s official app. Here is what needs to be done.
Getting YouTube Background Play On Safari
- Plug your headphones into the device. Unfortunately, you can’t get sound working in the background without that.
- Play the desired video in Safari on your iPhone.
- Lock your device’s screen. The playback will stop, but that’s fine.
- Hit the play button on your headphones. The video playback will resume in the background. You can now continue using any app, and the background sound will go on uninterrupted.
There is another method that takes some extra taps but works even without a headphone plugged in. Here it is;
- Play the video in Safari, using YouTube’s web app.
- Quit the app.
- Go to Control Center, and locate Safari’s audio controls there.
- Resume YouTube background play from there, and use any other app you want.
While the tips might sound really obvious to some, they can come in handy for some of our readers. So, go ahead and enjoy YT playlists or any song you like without having to take care of keeping the YouTube app open.