Do you love catching up on your favourite shows via YouTube? Do you love watching movies on YouTube but find it difficult to multitask on your phone?
One of the most annoying restrictions on YouTube for Android is that it automatically pauses the video you're watching or listening to when you navigate to another screen or open another app on your device. But there are ways around this. Read on to find out how to play YouTube videos in the background.
Free SolutionThe easiest and most cost effective solution is to use the FireFox browser rather than the YouTube app. This browser will allow you to continue to listen to the video of your choice with the screen off or while doing something else on your device. You can download Firefox. Also, Use the method below, it also works on chrome Android:
Select below mentioned options serially:
1) Android settings> application>YouTube app>set as default>Go to supported URLS>always ask
2) Open chrome browser>open you tube website>select desktop site from options(three dot menu, upper right corner)
A notification of chrome media player appears in notification panel. Now directly press home (without exiting chrome, don't hit back key, go directly to homescreen)
Now chrome notification player paused in notification panel, just open notification panel and hit play button. YouTube will start to play in background. Also can be played in screen locked and off.
This works on Galaxy S7, previously on Android 6.0 & now on Android nougat.
YouTube RedOne way to play YouTube videos in the background is to purchase a YouTube Red subscription, which costs $9.99 per month. This comes with the feature called 'Background Play' which allows your video play in the background when you open different apps or turn the screen off.
An added bonus of YouTube Red is that it also removes YouTube ads and includes a subscription to Google Play Music. If you already have Google Play Music then you'll get YouTube Red for free.
Awesome Pop-up Video Pro AppAnother option for playing your videos in the background is Awesome Pop-up Video Pro. Now, it doesn't play YouTube videos in the background, as such, rather it plays them in a small, movable pop-up window, which can be dragged to the side of the screen to achieve a similar effect.
Please note that although this app allows you to play videos in the background, it won't let you play them with the screen off. The Mozilla Firefox option does.
With this app you'll pay only a few bucks as a one time purchase instead of a monthly payment from YouTube Red. You won't have access to the great features available from the monthly package deal but it's a cheap and quick way to play YouTube videos in the background.
Do you have any other methods for playing your YouTube videos in the background? Please do well to tell us in the comments. Also, you could drop your questions and suggestions in the comment box.
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