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How to Play YouTube in the Background on iPhone

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Do you like to play YouTube videos or music in the background on iPhone running on iOS 13 or iOS 14? Then you are for sure at the right place. Meanwhile, do not mix Picture-in-Picture mode (PiP) with playing videos in the background and the purpose of this guide is to play Youtube music videos in the background while using other apps. So, in this post, we will guide you on how to play YouTube in the background on iPhone running on iOS 13 or iOS 14.

In the meantime, YouTube is a fantastic video service that’s packed with musical content. Like other video apps such as iPlayer and Vimeo, YouTube can provide great audio entertainment on the iPhone, even if you’re not able to watch the screen. However, for many reasons, watching YouTube videos in the background of an iPhone or iPad is ideal, but it is no longer as easy as simply pressing play and then returning to the iOS home screen.

Meanwhile most iPhone and iPad users, mostly listening to music or listening to a podcast or talk show, prefer playing YouTube videos in the background. For example, you might have found a great song on YouTube that you want to enjoy while playing a game, or while learning a foreign language, or maybe you just want to listen to the YouTube video in the background while you’re doing anything else.

How to Play YouTube Music in Background on iPhone Using Safari (iOS 13 & iOS 14)

There are several ways to play YouTube in the background on iPhone and iPad. But here, we are going to show you the best possible way to play YouTube videos in the background on iPhone and iPad running iOS 13 & 14 without using any web browser and Third-party apps. All you need to tweak the Safari web browser, which is pre-installed and the default web browser for iPhone and iPad.

Note: The process to play YouTube with the screen off on the iPhone is the same for both iOS 13 and iOS 14.

Step 1. Launch the Safari web browser on the iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Now tap on the AA on the top left-hand corner and then select Request Desktop Website to open the desktop version of YouTube.

AA > Request Desktop Website

Step 3. After enabling the desktop version of YouTube on Safari, open youtube.com.

Step 4. Now search for any video or song that you want to listen to in the background and play it.

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Step 5. Now return to the iOS Home Screen and exit Safari, either by pressing the Home button or with the Home gesture.

Step 6. If the video stops, simply swipe down from the top corner to open the Control Center or swipe up on iPhone with the Home button then tap the play button.

How to Play YouTube in the Background on iPhone (iOS 13 & iOS 14)
Tap the Play button if the music stops

Step 7. You can play and pause YouTube videos on the lock screen as well.

How to Play YouTube in the Background on iPhone (iOS 13 & iOS 14)
Play & Pause from the lock screen

You can also use lock screen controls to pause or resume a video while the device is in a lock state. However, when following the above steps, you should bear in mind that this is a workaround; we’ve tried this multiple times on our iOS devices. This works at times and sometimes it does not. Do not lose patience if things don’t grow according to your plans. For two-three times you can keep following the above method and you’ll be successful.

Final Words

This was the easiest way to play youtube in the background iPhone (ios 14) or play Youtube with the screen off on iPhone while using other apps. Safari is the default web browser on iPhone and iPad and it will help you to play YouTube videos in the background and the steps are the same for both iOS 13  and iOS 14. Click here to know more about the latest iOS 14.

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