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How to Listen to YouTube with Screen OFF (Android & iOS)

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In this post I am going to show you how to play YouTube videos on both iOS and Android devices with the screen off or in the background. This is great for listening to podcasts since there's no point in wasting battery on the screen if you're just going to listen to it. More importantly, this is very helpful in multitasking. Using this trick, you'll be able to do your task and listen to youtube in the background at the same time.

1. How to Listen to YouTube on Android with Screen OFF

Here's the detailed steps for playing YouTube video in background or with the screen off below. Following these steps correctly, you can play youtube video in the background or with screen off.

1. You need to download a Firefox or Google Chrome app on your Android phone. This trick works both for Google Chrome/ Firefox browser.

2. View www.youtube.com on Google Chrome browser.

google-chrome

3. Hit the menu button in Chrome and choose Request Desktop Site.

request-desktop-site

4. Search for your favorite YouTube video that you want to play in the background and play it.

5. Tap the Homescreen button when video is playing in the full screen mode.

6. Swipe the control center up and tap Play button. Then swipe the control center down and continue with your work.

7. The video is playing in the background or with the screen off.

Now you can do task on other browsers or apps while listening to youtube video.

Note: Must Choose Request Desktop Site, Or It's Not Going To Work.

Download Google Chrome on Google Play Store

Download Firefox on Google Play Store

2. How to Listen to YouTube on iOS Device with Screen OFF

The steps for playing YouTube video on iOS phone or tablet in the background or with the screen off is the same as Android phone. So just repeat the steps above. One cool thing about iOS devices is that you have gotten one more useful browser--Safari.

Download Google Chrome on Apple App Store

Download Firefox on Apple App Store

Conlusion

Yes, you do get this option with YouTube Red, but that comes with a price of $10/month and currently only limited to folks living in the US. But the trick I suggest above is totally free. I mean who doesn't like freebies. If you find this tip is very useful and helpful, do share it with your friends and loved ones.

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Hillary Zhang works for Epubor and writes articles about eBooks and eReaders. She seeks the methods to read eBooks more freely and wants to share all she has got with you.

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