How to Play YouTube in Background on iPhone

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Myra Posted on Jul 05, 2017 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

It's really annoying when you want to play YouTube videos in background because the YouTube App won't make it possible. Is there any method to let YouTube play in background? If you are using an iPhone in iOS 10 or iOS 9. Congratulations. The answer is "Yes" (what you need to know is that you can just play YouTube in background by watching the videos via YouTube website, not YouTube App). Read on to know the details.

How to play YouTube in Background on iPhone

Tip 1: Play YouTube in Background on iPhone via Control Center

Control Center is a useful feature in iPhone. You can turn on the flashlight and switch on AirDrop directly from Control Center. For convenience, you can turn it on when your customize your iPhone lock screen.

Step 1: Go to Safari on your iPhone and visit YouTube.com.

Step 2: Searching for the video you'd like to watch and play it. (When you are asked about whether to play it in YouTube App, choose "Cancel".)

Step 3: Click the Home button to go back to the home screen.

Step 4: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center.

Step 5: Click the Play button in the middle of Control Center and the YouTube video will continue to play. But this time, it plays in background on your iPhone.

How to play YouTube in background on iPhone - Tip 1

Tip 2: Play YouTube in background on iPhone via Control Center (slightly different)

This tip is an alternative one of the tip above. Both tips are very simple. For more tips about the usage of iPhone, you can go to iOS & Mac Topics on our website.

Step 1: Launch Safari browser on your iPhone and go to YouTube.com.

Step 2: Searching for the video you want to watch and play it.

Step 3: Click the three dots on the top right of the video and choose "Desktop".

Step 4: Press Home button to go to home screen. And swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center.

Step 5: Slide from right to left across the middle of Control Center and click the Play button.

How to play YouTube in background on iPhone - Tip 2