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How to Play YouTube in the Background

YouTube is a treasure trove of contents. The only drawback with its default Android and iOS apps is that you can’t continue audio playback after you turn off your screen like you could with a music or podcast app. You may wonder can you play YouTube in the background while browsing other web pages on computer or receive a message from your friends. Of course, you can play YouTube in the background. In this post, you will master different methods to play YouTube in the background.

So many of us have enjoyed the spare time on YouTube by watching videos and listening to music there. Generally, YouTube is a good thing, playing YouTube videos in the background has been made it even better. On the one hand, you don’t have to stop working to watch YouTube videos. On the other hand, you are able to listen to audio from YouTube video in the background while using other apps.

Thankfully, with different tricks, you can keep watching and listening with YouTube in background.

Playing Video in Certain Browser

Use the desktop version of YouTube on the Chrome browser or other browsers such as Safari (You can use Safari to play YouTube in the background on iPhone) and Firefox.

1: Launch Chrome and go to YouTube official site.

2: Find the video you’re searching for and tap the three dots in the top right of the screen.

3: Choose the Desktop site option from the drop-down list.

4: The site will refresh automatically, then play the video in desktop mode.

5: Finally, press the Home button and return to your phone’s home screen. Then you can use other apps while playing YouTube videos.

Playing with Pop-up Window

What if you watch YouTube videos in the pop-up window not just listening to audio from videos on YouTube? To solve this, you need to install an extension – Enhancer for YouTube.

Step 1: After installing Enhancer for YouTube, go to YouTube and search for the video you want to play in the pop-up window.

Step 2: Tap on Detach player on the bottom onscreen menu and MiniPlayer pops up. Then you can watch YouTube videos with pop-up window.

Step 3: You can close the YouTube website and go to Facebook or Instagram as you like.

YouTube Premium

It’s easy to find some YouTube features are only available for paid subscribers. So subscribing to YouTube Premium is really useful. With it, you can watch YouTube videos without ads and download YouTube videos.

Most importantly, you can play YouTube videos in the background while browsing other webpages or using other apps.

If you want to listen to YouTube music offline, this post may help you: How to Download Music from YouTube for Free.

YouTube Premium costs $11.99 per month for one account and $17.99 per month for six accounts in the family plan.

Before subscribing to YouTube premium, you can learn more about it with this post: 4 Reasons about Why You Need a YouTube Premium.

You can also read the post for more tricks on how to watch YouTube vide in background.

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