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How to Enable YouTube to Play in the Background on iPhone & iPad

Have you ever played a video or a song on YouTube, only to find that it stops as soon as you navigate to another app on your phone? This issue is extremely frustrating. However, there is luckily a solution to this problem, which will be shared in the following tutorial!

The Problem

Many users experience issues with youtube – both the app and through a browser such as Safari – stopping playback as soon as another app is opened or the page is left. Unfortunately, using the Control Center is not helpful in solving this problem. It is likely that YouTube prevents users from playing youtube in the background in order to increase sales for YouTube Red. This product will be discussed further on in the article.

Why Enable YouTube Background Playing

Allowing YouTube to play in the background of your Apple iPhone or iPad is a great idea for many reasons. For one, it allows you to listen to your favorite songs, videos, or podcasts while doing other things. Multitasking is made easier, allowing for increased efficiency and productivity. Allowing YouTube to play in the background should also allow it to keep playing when your phone screen is locked, which is another handy feature.

Priced Method

One way to enable YouTube background playing is by purchasing YouTube Red through a subscription. YouTube Red is available by Google in the United States, South Korea, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. Unfortunately, this product is not free.

How to Get

  1. Open YouTube on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Click on the “Account” button.
  3. Click on “YouTube Red”.
  4. YouTube videos should now be enabled to play in the background at all times!
  5. To change settings, go to Menu, then Settings.

YouTube Red Benefits

In addition to Background play, YouTube Red comes with a variety of other great benefits, such as Ad-free videos, YouTube Red Originals, Downloadable videos for offline viewing, and even more. Family plans are also available for cost-efficiency. YouTube Red is a very customizable service, with something to offer for everyone.

Free Method Number 1

What many people do not know, is that there is actually a free method of enabling YouTube background playing on your iPhone or iPad. This free method is accomplished by turning on Private Browsing. Private Browsing is a function that allows for website browsing, Complete the following steps to enable this:

  1. Open Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Click on the Tabs icon.
  3. Click on “Private” to turn on Private browsing.
  4. YouTube videos should now be enabled to play in the background at all times!

Hopefully this procedure has taught you how to fix the problem of inability to play YouTube videos in the background of an iOS iPhone or iPad device. Whether through purchasing YouTube Red or through using the free method, never worry about missing out on productivity again! Play YouTube videos anywhere, anytime, and while doing anything you would like.


Free Method Number 2

Open up the YouTube video you would like to listen too on your safari browser on your iPad or iPhone. Open up the menu shown in the picture below.


Once you have opened up that menu go ahead and click on request desktop site, After that your youtube page should reload giving you the youtube you are use to on your mac computer.

You can now click to play your video and open up a new tab while your video is still playing in the background now you can browse as well as listen to whatever you want. For a video tutorial please go and watch the video below.


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