Pocket-lint - On iPhone, most music apps let you play music in the background. After all, they'd be virtually useless if they couldn't. For video apps that's not the case which - again - makes sense, since you can't watch videos with your iPhone locked and the phone in standby.
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- YouTube app requires subscription to play background music
Closing the YouTube app will stop the video from playing, but there are a few simple workarounds that will allow you to listen to a video in the background. Better yet, there are ways to get a mini pop-up YouTube player while you browse elsewhere. Looking for music on YouTube to listen to in the background? Perhaps you should take a look at our guide on how to download music from YouTube and listen on any device.
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But there are ways around this. Google may want us to watch YouTube a certain way perhaps to keep us focused on the precious ad space , but it's not too difficult to circumvent this restriction, either through browser tricks or apps. Here's how to get YouTube to play in the background. This browser will allow you to continue to listen to the video of your choice with the screen off or while doing something else on your device. These services come with the feature called 'Background Play' which allows your video to play in the background when you open different apps or turn the screen off.
Make sure your YouTube Premium membership has not expired. If you recently lost access to YouTube Premium and then re-subscribed, note that it will take a few hours for saved videos to become available again once you've re-subscribed. Make sure that you're using the latest version of the YouTube app. Visit your device's app store and check if you have any pending updates for the YouTube app. If you have a new phone, or you've recently restored your phone, it may include an old version of the YouTube app e. Check that you haven't blocked all notifications for the YouTube app. You can confirm this within your device settings. If this happens, you'll need to re-enable YouTube notifications at the OS level and, if you still don't want to receive notifications, you can disable them from the YouTube app settings.