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How to Play YouTube in Background (Including Music)

The official YouTube app doesn’t allow you to play music or the audio part of videos in the background. Say you want to lock your iPhone to conserve battery life but keep listening to a podcast, talkshow or music video in the background, how do you do that? There’s a little-known trick that circumvents the limitations of the app and it works on any iPhone. Here’s a guide on how to play YouTube in the background, including any music and with no limitations whatsoever.

How to play YouTube audio in the background

This trick does not require any additional software such as special YouTube player apps and is completely independent of any other method which you may already know. We will simply be using the mobile website part of YouTube, which can be accessed via the Safari browser, that is built-in to your iPhone. Here’s how…

Open up the Safari app on your iPhone. Then enter the following web address to access the mobile YouTube website on your phone:

Search for a video or channel and start playing one of the videos you would like to play in the background, while the iPhone is locked or you are using another app. Press the Home Button to get out of Safari. The audio will stop playing at this point, don’t worry, that is perfectly expected behavior.

Now for the trick: Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to bring up the Control Center. Tap the play button in the media section of the Control Center to resume playback. This will only resume audio playback, not the video (as long as Safari isn’t reopened). You can now listen to your video while going about and doing other things with your iPhone, or even lock it and it should continue playing.

How to play YouTube music in the background on iPhone

This should also work for all of the music videos you find on YouTube, making it an excellent free music app. But please keep in mind that this method will still use bandwidth, which goes towards your monthly data cap if you are on a restricted contract, which is most likely the case. We prefer using this method when connected to a Wi-Fi network.

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