How to play YouTube videos & music in the background on Android (root)

How to play YouTube videos & music in the background on Android (root)
Here's the run-down - not being able to listen to media playback from YouTube while you want to do something else with your device - something other than staring at Katy Perry dancing with a pair of sharks, for example - stinks. Sure, you can pay for YouTube Music Key if you feel like it. It's a nice service - with ad-free music videos and background audio playback, you can listen to so much stuff for ten bucks a month! But only Google Music All Access subscribers have access to it, and for some reason or another, you might not be into Google Music.

Anyway, developer Pyler was up for fixing this rusty little bolt of Android's, and not only did he nail it, he made it super-easy for everyone with a rooted device and the Xposed framework installed. If yours doesn't meet these requirements, you'll have to think long and hard whether voiding your warranty is a worthy trade-off for seamless YouTube streaming. 

Should you choose to do so, look up an up to date guide on rooting your smartphone - we can't write one for each smartphone on each Android version out there - and installing Xposed. In most cases, it's a walk in the park. When you're ready to proceed, turn your attention to the slideshow. Thanks, Pyler - you seriously made our lives better!

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24 Comments

1. kareivis

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Oh, that is one of the Windows Phone features, that I really miss. myTube for WP was by far the best YouTube aplication on every platform. Background playback, audio only playback, offline mode. When I left WP, and returned to Android world, I started to use YouTube a lot less often. It`s a shame, that 3rd party app on "not supported" OS is much better than YouTube official app on Google OS.

4. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Its also a shame that the Microsoft has made better Office Apps for IOS and Android then it has for its own Phone.

5. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Its a shame that will change with wp10...and in reality the built in office apps are just fine atm for nearly any 'mobile' users. Also when you can have full blown windows for $70...i could get a 930 tablet combo for much cheaper than what i paid for my z3.

8. kareivis

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Please. I didn`t said anything about apps all together, or that WP is better. I just think, that`s odd, that official YouTube app is so limited in features. No need for clarificaton about app situation. As a previous WP user, I am well aware of that. But YouTube on WP was much, much better experience (at least for me).

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Using tubecast atm really love the feature of background playing. Even better when my game app accepts 'custom' soundtracks in the back ground which means youtube plays in the background as i play my game.

25. Marcus1

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Yeah it was a cool that app. There are cool apps you can download to do this really easily on Android though. Wiper Messenger app is one where u can stream YouTube music and videos free. They play in background when using other apps or when the phone is locked. You can make playlists to.

2. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Not trolling but I thought android had the multitasking for this. I guess both platforms have to deal with this issue. Kind of annoying.

14. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The best multitasking features come directly from manufacturers. Samsung has multi window, Sony has small apps, LG has both?... For my small phone, Sony's solution works best specially since you can create windows from potential widgets... For phablets IMO, Samsung's multi window is best

3. AChackes

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

There are apps from the amazon app store that can do this on any android phone, don't need root access.

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Tell me one...

12. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

For fellas with Xperia devices like myself, you can install the Media Viewer small app by hansip87, and it will give you Photo, Video and YouTube floating apps... this way you can open any YouTube video and minimize it so you can do everything else with it playing in the background.

24. Z3R091 unregistered

ten bucks a month? I'd pass.

9. alps0875

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

if you have samsung galaxy phone, you can do this using multi window feature, No root needed but yes you need Samsung Galaxy :)

13. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

You can do this with Sony Xperias and its Small apps windows, and Media Viewer app... No root needed but yes, you need Sony Xperia :)

10. mrdumbs

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Pvstar+ does that without root

11. mat87

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Simply...Buy Note.

17. Simona unregistered

Girl is cute ! Anyway I HATE Xposed bcos it Fuks icons UP !! You cannot change it back .. Don't understand what dev thinking.. !

21. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

Zoella =D she's a great YouTuber.

18. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

My note 4 used to be able to play YouTube music videos in the background, but now it can't. Idk what happen3d?

19. Tomfromsouth

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

That picture is total click-bait. Have no clue what it has to be with the topic but it got me. No phonearena. We say no to tabloids!

22. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

It's a YouTuber named Zoella. It's relevant.

20. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Hmmm this tweak isn't showing up on my download list on my Note 3......

23. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Gjjjjjh

26. Marcus1

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

YouTube app lets you play that little thumbnail when you are in app. But there are apps you use to stream the music even when the phone is locked or you are using other apps on your phone. Check out Wiper Messenger app on Android or apple. mTube was a neat one on WP.

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