How to Keep Youtube Playing in the Background


Sometimes you are listening to a video or a song on Youtube but want to keep Youtube playing in the background while doing other stuff, like going on Facebook or doing something else, or just puting the phone in your pocket without pausing the video. This is not possible using the Youtube App, but in this article, I will show how to keep youtube playing in the background on Android and iPhone using Chrome browser.

1. How to Keep Youtube Playing in the Background WITHOUT an App

If you are jogging or using Facebook, often you want to be able to listen to your music or podcast on youtube in the background, unfortunately, youtube forces you to stay on their site when you watch their videos (to be able to see the ads that are displayed). But here I will show you how to keep youtube playing in the background on Android and iPhone using the Chrome on your phone.

How to Keep Youtube Playing in the Background

Total Time: 1 minute

Open Chrome

On your phone open the Chrome browser

Go to

Open Youtube website in chrome.

Tap on the options menu (the three dots on the top right)

Open the options menu by tapping the tree horizontal dots on the top right of the browser

Tap on “Desktop site


Tap on Dekstop site option to load the desktop version of the website Youtube.

Make sure you are in and not in

Make sure that the URL of the website is “” and”

Play the video that you want

Look for the videos you want to play in the background and start playing it.

Press the home button

Once the video starts playing, press the home button to go to homescreen. You will notice that the video playback would have paused

Open the Control Center

Open the Control Center by swiping down from the top (On some devices it’s the opposite). You will see that the playback bar in Control Center features the name of the video you played on YouTube.

Resume your video

Click on the play button on the notifications section to resume your video.

Thats it, thats how you keep youtube playing in the background.

2. Newpipe – The best app to play Youtube in the background on Android

NewPipe is an open source application that allows you to keep youtube playing in the background. It is entirely free and available on F-Droid, the free or open source application store for Android.

Compared to Google’s Youtube official application, NewPipe allows you to download videos for offline viewing, play youtube videos in the background, or switch them to windowed mode, allowing you to view them while using another application.

The application is very simple to use, to listen to your video in the background, just :

1. Click on the Background button before launching it
2. Click on the menu button (the three vertical points) then “Toggle to background“.

This allows you to change applications without interrupting video playback. Ideal to keep listening to Youtube music in the background or a podcast while continuing your activities (web browsing, social networks…). In addition, you can keep youtube playing in the background even when you turn off the screen of your smartphone (or tablet).

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The application also manages the windowed mode which, as its name suggests, will allow the user to keep youtube playing in the background in a small window displayed on the screen, while the user launches other applications. The window can be resized with a two-finger pinch on the screen.

You can grap the APK here

You can also find it in the F-Droid App store

Finally, it should be noted that Newpipe does not allow you to identify yourself with your Google account, as its developers wish to remain as independent as possible from Google. Playlists and subscriptions will therefore be supported locally, without synchronization.

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