How to listen to YouTube videos in the background – iOS guide


Google has been doing its best to limit the ability of one to listen to its music while doing something completely different than actually watching them. Now, naturally, since Google wants your eyes on its site / app (and ads), and especially since it launched the Play Music and All Access services – being able to just play tunes on your phone from the YouTube app then minimizing it / sleeping the phone and doing other stuff had to go.

Now, since Google has a firm grasp on Android, being able to play minimized YouTube vids on those handsets is actually not doable – not unless you root your phone, that is. However, you can actually have your YouTube music running in the background on an iOS device such as an iPad or iPhone. It's done in a couple of steps for each time you wish to activate it and here's how it's done:


Now, as you can see from step 3 and 4, having the YouTube app on the device could cause some headaches as you try to use this method. If you end up deciding to ditch the app, here's an easy way to create a shortcut to the YouTube website – it will even look like an app!

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12 Comments

1. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

is it possible to do the same for android ?

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The stock YouTube app has this if you have a Play Music subscription There's some apps on the Play Store that allow this (e.g. Viral) And there a Xposed mod which adds this to to the YouTube app

9. TyrionLannister unregistered

Use an app called FireTube. It's available for free on amazon app store. On play store, it costs 3$.

2. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

This is one awesome feature on IOS I have to admit

4. gprez2006

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

That's why Apple is the king!

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Windows Phone apps already have this....

7. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

the king of what I'd you can't download s$$t on it

6. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

you can get the modded apk on xda

8. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Link please..

12. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

only for android though

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Much easier ways of doing this. Try not using youtube!

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What was the purpose of your comment...?

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