How to listen to YouTube videos in the background on iPhone and iPad

How to listen to YouTube videos in the background on iPhone and iPad

A lot of people like to listen to music at YouTube or even just listen to video audio while doing something else on your iPhone or iPad. The problem is that both the App Store application and the page opened in Safari do not allow you to listen to audio in background (Background). If you exit the browser or the app, the video stops.

There was a time when it was possible to continue a video started simply by pressing on play Control Center music, but YouTube blocked it. However, there is still a way to hear the audio without having to leave the screen on or keep the video open. See how in this tutorial.



To listen to a video in the background, you cannot use the app from YouTube. With it, it really is not possible, because Google does everything so that you do not miss the ads that appear during the video. For this, you will have to use the Safari, enabling a small trick for the process to work.


Step 1: Open the desired video page on YouTube in Safari on your iPhone (or iPad).

Step 2: Now comes the important part that makes the trick work. Touch and hold the page reload button (in the address bar) for 1 second until the options menu appears below the screen.

Step 3: In the menu that appears, touch Computer version. This will open the page not in a mobile version, but in the PC version.

Step 4: You will see the page as if you were on a computer. Play the video and then exit Safari (by pressing the front button or, on iPhone X, by dragging the bottom up). You will notice that when you exit Safari, the video audio will stop. This is normal.

Step 5: Open the Control Center and tap on the music player. There, you’re already listening to the video and can do other things on the iPhone while listening to the audio.

You can even put the iPhone screen to sleep so you don’t run out of battery. The native music widget allows you to control the video’s audio.


As stated at the beginning of this text, it is not something that Google likes very much and the trick may not work in future updates. But at least until iOS 11.3 it works without problems. We will update this article as changes occur.

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