8 Best Apps to Play YouTube in the Background (Android & iOS)

On YouTube, one can find a lot of interesting and useful videos and audios. Many popular music artists upload their clips there, masters and coaches upload training videos, enthusiasts offer webinars and audiobooks.

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All of this can be not only watched but also just listened to, however, the standard YouTube mode does not include playback in the background. For continuous listening, you have to find a way how to keep the program running.

There are several ways how to do that and consume content on YouTube in the background. Today we’re going to look at the apps for Android and iOS that allow you to play YouTube in the background.

Chrome Browser

Actually, you can watch videos on YouTube in the background just by using the standard Youtube application, but in order to be able to do that, you need to buy a YouTube Red subscription or Premium. Most users don’t want to do that. If you don’t want to pay for the subscription, you can use the YouTube desktop version on the Chrome Browser.

This is probably the easiest way of how to play YouTube videos in the background. All you need to do is open Chrome, find YouTube in there – just make sure that you don’t open your YouTube app.

To do that, you should enter ‘https://m.youtube.com’ in the search engine. This way, with ‘m’, you’ll be able to remain in the Chrome application to do further shenanigans.

The further shenanigans are going to the three dots menu above and ticking ‘Desktop site‘. Now you can open the video the sound of which you want to listen in the background and play it. Having done that, leave the Chrome browser – either by tapping the home button or going to some other app you want to use.

Don’t be surprised if the audio stops. Now you need to scroll down the menu as it is shown on the second screen below and tap ‘play‘. That’s it! Now you can enjoy listening to YouTube videos while doing other stuff on your phone.

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Brave Browser

The method described above might not work on iOS smartphones. In theory, it should work, but we must also consider the fact that most iOS users don’t have Chrome so they need to download it.

Well, they can download any other browser that supports background mode! One of them is Brave Browser. It allows you to play videos on the world’s most popular video hosting in the background both on Android and iOS.

It’s enough to just turn the desired video on and then hide the browser Brave. After that, the sound will continue to play in the background.

Even the control panel will remain active, which means that you can use such buttons as ‘play’ or ‘pause’ to stop or resume the playback. In other words, this special application turns all the videos on YouTube into musical compositions that you can listen to in the background through the speakers of your phone or headphones.

Although Google generally doesn’t allow adding apps that permit you to watch videos on YouTube in the background to the Google Play store, the Brave web browser kind of break these rules. The app’s users believe though that it won’t be removed from the store for violating the rules.

To make this application work, you need to open “Settings“, go to “Site Settings” and then to “Camera and Microphone“. There will be a special tumbler called “Video in the background“, which should be switched to the active position.

The Brave browser is completely free. In addition to the aforementioned advantage, it has a built-in ad blocker that allows you to browse the Internet without intrusive advertisements. Through this application, you can view videos in the background not only on YouTube but also on all the other websites, which is extremely useful!

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Minimize for Youtube play in background

Minimize allows Android users to play YouTube videos not really in the background, but close, very close. Do you see that little window on the second screen?

This is how this app works. Basically, what you need to do is to open the app, turn on the video that you want to listen to, and hide the app. Don’t expect it to be completely hidden – it will be located in the left corner of your screen. This mode allows you to surf other apps and take a look at videos that you’re playing.

Surely, the app is quite convenient but there are some drawbacks that you need to take into account. First of all, if you lock your screen, you will turn the music off. Unlike browsers with background modes, Minimize doesn’t let you listen to the audio while holding the phone in the pocket.

It is made for those who like multitasking – texting while watching, going through an Instagram feed, editing photos, etc. The other drawback is that you need to watch a 5-second ad before using the app. Of course, YouTube is full of ads so it will hardly be a surprise. Still unpleasant though.

To sum up, Minimize is a great app for those who like using their phone’s potential to the fullest. Why watch a video and then reply to a message when you can do both? If you feel this is for you, go on and push that download button!

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Stream

Stream is a full-featured application that allows users to watch videos from Youtube in the background.

Once you have launched the app, it will ask you to enable some permissions. Thereafter, you will have access to the media content.

The streaming process is quite simple. You can paste a required video on the search bar or select an appropriate one on the suggested collections. Press on the desired video and it will instantly appear in a floating window without any ads.

Click on the window to watch the video on a full screen. If you want to close it, just select the cross button on the top of the screen.

In the Stream, you will find top charts sections developed for various countries. Plus, the videos are divided into multiple genres.

There is an integrated section specially designed for your music. Here you can add playlists or check recently watched videos.

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Free Music for Youtube Player: Red+

Probably, the YouTube team has guessed that many users would like to have a possibility to put the music from there into the background. That’s why YouTube music has occurred. It is another streaming service that is not bad, however, it would be cool if that would be free, just like the regular YouTube.

This app is meant to make your life easier and give you the chance to listen to all the music from the YouTube for free. Red+ works as a player so you can easily put it playing in the background. You can start, for example, with watching a video and then put it playing in the background whenever you want.

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Free music for YouTube

With this application, you can view absolutely any clip or video from the YouTube channel in a pop-up window. The app gives you an ability to play videos in the background while you browse the mailbox, for example.

While you are running the Stream Free music for Youtube application, your phone will not switch to the sleeping mode. You will have a music player that works right from your lock screen.

To control the player, use swipes from the center of the screen to the desired buttons.

Free music for YouTube is an excellent service for listening to your favorite songs and watching clips. It allows you to enjoy millions of songs from YouTube without any problems.

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Firefox

Firefox is a handy browser that allows users to watch Youtube videos in the popup window while using other apps.

But how does it work?

The first thing you need to – paste the Youtube link in the search bar. Then, click on the three dots button and enable a View for PC option. Launch a preferred video and switch to a full-screen mode.

When the video starts playing, tap on the Home button. The video will appear on the screen in a modified size and you can start watching it in the background.

In case the picture-in-picture mode does not operate, make sure that you have enabled this option in the settings. Plus, the developer offers detailed guides on the official website.

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Dolphin Browser

Dolphin Browser is a safe and fast tool that enables users to toggle between multiple web pages and watch videos from Youtube in the background.

As soon as you launch the application, paste the Youtube website in the search bar. Open an appropriate video and tap on the playback.

If the app asks you to open the video via the official app, click on the Cancel button.

Log out of the app and you can resume the background playback on the IOS Control Center.

As for the unique features, Dolphin Browser comes with one-tap share, tabbed browsing, cloud sync, sonar search, speed dial, etc.

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Now you know how you can consume content on YouTube while doing other things on your mobile gadget.

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