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How to Play YouTube Videos in Background For Free

by Jayant
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Playing Youtube videos in the background is a feature of Youtube Premium but if you want it for free, this blog post is for you.

YouTube is one of our favorite entertainment platforms on the internet. Not just entertainment, there are a lot of educational, inspirational, motivational videos on YouTube that are being watched by millions of people every day. For the last 2 years, the YouTube app is getting better with each update but one thing which is really irritating and Youtube knows about that. That is why they added that feature in the Youtube Premium. The problem I am talking about is playing Youtube Videos in the background while the screen is off or while we are using any other app.

Seriously, this is a big problem if you are not a Youtube Premium Subscriber. There is a lot of content on YouTube which can be enjoyable with audio-only like Music, Speeches. Playlists, Instrumental music. You really don’t need to keep the screen on. It not only drains the battery but also irritates it.

Youtube Premium is one solution for that but you need to pay for that. There are a couple of other great features bundled in Youtube Premium but what if we are looking for a free solution for that.

You are going to get this feature for free. From now, you can play YouTube while the screen is OFF. You will be able to play youtube videos in the background on both Android as well as on iOS.

How to Play YouTube Videos in Background?

Here is the trick. There are different methods to play youtube in the background. If you want to play YouTube videos with off-screen, forget the YouTube app and use any of these.

1. Using Google Chrome App

Yes, if you want to play YouTube videos in the background or without turning on the screen, use Google Chrome Browser on your Android phone.

1.  Open the Chrome Browser and Go to YouTube.com. Search for the video you want to play. On the playback screen. Tap on the 3 dots (⋮) on the top right corner and then select Request Desktop Site. 

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2. After doing this, you will see full-fledged YouTube that you see on the desktop. Now, play any video/Audio and press the power button to turn off the screen. You can listen to the audio playback of the YouTube video while the screen is off.

Easy. Isn’t it? You cannot control the music though but you can play and pause the music from the lock screen itself.


  • Go to Youtube App, look for the video you want to play in the background, and tap on the Share button to copy the video link.


  • Now open the Google Chrome Browser and Paste the URL you copied above.


  • Just open the video on Google Chrome and then Request the desktop site from the Options. See Screenshot.


  • Once you did that, turn off the screen and you can listen to the youtube video in the background.


This is one way to play YouTube videos in the background or while the screen is off. If you are not comfortable with the desktop site on the phone, follow the next method.

Also Read: Download and Share Youtube Videos offline

2. Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is another method that you can use to play YouTube videos with the screen off. Just install the Mozilla Firefox from Play Store. Then, open it and go to Youtube.com.

Do the same steps that you followed in Google Chrome. But, you can play YouTube videos with the screen off without Requesting the desktop site. Just play the video and turn off the screen.

But if playback gets paused, you need to tap on 3 dots on the top right corner and select Request Desktop Site for playing YouTube videos with the screen off.

You don’t get any music controls on the lock screen. Now, if you have iPhone follow the next method.

3. Safari Browser

If you are using an iPhone, you can use Safari Browser to play Youtube videos with screen off. It works the same as Mozilla Firefox and Safari also serves you music controls on the lock screen as served by Google Chrome.

So, this is how you can play youtube videos while turning off the screen. Now you can enjoy your favorite music on Youtube anytime without draining the battery. This works on both Android smartphones as well as on iPhones.

Play Youtube Video in Background: Try It

Now you know how to play youtube videos in the background without turning on the screen. That thing is really useful in day-to-day life. Try it and then share your wisdom with others.

Share it with your friends and family. This would definitely help them. If you have any issues or face any problem playing youtube videos in the background, let me know in the comment section.

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