How to Play YouTube in the background / with screen off without subscription – works for both Android and iPhone

Want to play YouTube videos or music in the background or with the screen off but you don’t have a premium subscription? Don’t worry. I’ve got a workaround. Here’s how you can listen to YouTube with the screen off, without premium subscription and without any third party apps.

  • This article share the simple way to play YouTube video / music in the background or with the screen off without 3rd party apps and without premium subscriptions.
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How to Play YouTube Videos in the Background / with screen off and Without Premium Membership

All the steps written here are tested on:

Latest Android – at the time this article is written is Android 12 and using the Android phone that I currently have – Google Pixel 3. In case you are not on Android 12 yet, check the link here to get Android 12: Update your Android to Android 12 at JILAXZONE.

Latest iOS – at the time this article is written is iOS 15.5 Public Beta and using the iPhone that I currently have – iPhone XR. In case you are not on iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 yet, check the link here to get iOS 15 & iPadOS 15: Here’s how to update iPhone to iOS 15 today (iPad and iPod Touch included!) at JILAXZONE.

Should you are using different version of Android and / or iOS or iPadOS, the steps may be slightly different but should not deviate too much. Anyway, in case you have questions / issues, feel free to put them down on the comment section down below, I’ll be more than happy to help you.

On Android:

Step 1) Open Chrome.

Step 2) Key in https://www.youtube.com/ on the address bar.

Step 3) Once YouTube is opened, tap on the “…” (3-dot) button on the top right of the screen, and choose “Desktop Site”.

Step 4) Now go back to your homescreen. The YouTube video must have been stopped playing.

Step 5) Swipe down to open Notification Center.

Step 6) Within Notification Center, you should be able to see Chrome / Music player. Tap “Play” button to continue playing the YouTube video / music.

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Check out video by Ashley Cameron showing you how you can do the method.


On iPhone / iPad:

Step 1) Open Safari.

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Tap the “aA” button next to the address bar to “Request Mobile Website” or “Request Desktop Site”.

Step 2) Key in https://www.youtube.com/ on the address bar.

Step 3) Once YouTube is opened, tap the “aA” button next to the address bar, and choose “Request Mobile Website”.

Step 4) Now go back to your homescreen. The YouTube video must have been stopped playing.

Step 5) Swipe up to open Control Center (if you are using iPhone with Face ID) or swipe down to open Control Center (if you are using iPhone with Touch ID).

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Tap the “Play” button to continue playing the YouTube video / music.

Step 6) Within Control Center, you should be able to see Music player. Tap “Play” button to continue playing the YouTube video / music.


Drawbacks

There are some drawback when using this method. Here they are.

  • Only one video / song can be listened with this method. Once the video / song ended, it won’t continue to other video / song. My suggestion is to pick the album complication so you don’t need to keep redoing the method.
  • This method is prone to be patched by YouTube going forward, so enjoy while it lasts.

Bring it all together

With the workaround, you should be able to listen to the YouTube video or music while doing something else or with the screen off. In case you have other and better workaround, don’t hesitate to share them here via the comment section down below. If you have queries or difficulties, do shout as well on the comment section down below. I’ll be happy to assist.

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