A custom YouTube app that plays vids with the screen off now available

A custom YouTube app that plays vids with the screen off now available
We live in the age where everyone streams their music through YouTube's algorithm-generated playlists on a daily basis. Users have been wishing to be able to listen to the videos with their smartphone's screens off for a while now, though seeing as YouTube gets its revenue from actively showing ads, the company naturally refuses to add such functionality.

Well, XDA modding community member theos0o has created a customized version of the Android YouTube app that gives users that functionality. The developer says that the device used should be 720p/1080p capable and rooted, though other sources report they have managed to run the app on a non-rooted phone. Of course, there is still no such thing as a list of supported devices or known issues.

To install the modded app, one needs to remove the YouTube installed on their devices, then download the custom .apk (link below) and run it. That's it. The app now offers an “Advanced Options” menu, which contains the “Screen off playback” function. If it doesn't work for you – you can uninstall it and get the regular YouTube from the Play Store back.

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13 Comments

1. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

already possible by tubemate playing as mp3

2. Dastrix unregistered

Metrotube on Windows Phone has had that functionality since ages ago. No rooting needed, and it works on all devices. Proof that third-party apps aren't always subpar to official apps.

3. wilsong17 unregistered

This app has been available long time a go

4. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

There are some podcasts on YouTube that are audio only that I like to listen to during my commute. YouTube doesn't then have my eyeballs available, but I'd surely like to save some battery charge by turning the screen off and not having to connect the phone to a charger while driving.

5. Totse2k15

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Old [s]hit.

6. highonandroid

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

stay "HIGH" on android everyday

7. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone plays videos with the screen locked by default. I listen to audio from videos from the YouTube site all the time. Click play, press the phone lock button on the phone, done. No app needed.

8. SamDroid unregistered

Chrome and other browsers on Android also do that. No app need.

11. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

When I lock the screen on my Nexus 5 running Android L and all my previous Android phones, the video and audio stop playing. What Chrome browser and version of Android are you using?

9. Ethos unregistered

i sent email that do off screen play and there u go thnx utub

10. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

The development for this app has been dead for almost 2 years now...

12. thartist

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

Viral lite, I've been using it for a while and it rocks.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

I've been playing youtube music videos on iOS with screen off and phone locked for quite some time now... I dont think this is news..

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