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How to Listen to YouTube with Screen Off | iPhone & Android

by | Nov 9, 2023

Are you tired of keeping your screen on while listening to YouTube on your iPhone or Android device? Well, It can be quite annoying when the music stops playing as soon as your screen turns off. In this article, I will show you how to listen to YouTube with screen off. So, let’s dive in!

How to Listen to YouTube with Screen Off on iPhone & Android

Solution 1: Use YouTube Premium

You can listen to YouTube in the background on your phone by subscribing to YouTube Premium, which is a paid plan. If you only want to listen to music, you can get a YouTube Music Premium subscription for $9.99 per month. If you want to listen to both videos and music, it’s better to get a YouTube Premium subscription for $11.99 per month, which includes YouTube Music Premium.

When you have a Premium subscription, you get benefits like being able to play content in the background, no ads, and the ability to download videos for offline viewing. It’s a good idea to get a subscription if you watch a decent amount of YouTube.

If you only occasionally want to listen to YouTube in the background, there’s a workaround you can use in your web browser. It’s a bit complicated, but it works on both iPhone and Android and allows you to play your favorite YouTube videos even when your phone’s screen is off. ALso read What is Ambient Mode on YouTube?.

Solution 2: Using Brave Browser

First, let me clarify that I’m not sponsored or affiliated with Brave. I’ve just found it to be one of the best, yet under-utilized web browsers for YouTube background play. It has great privacy and ad-blocking features and, most importantly, background video playback.

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Here’s a step-by-step guide to using Brave browser for YouTube background play:

  • Start by installing Brave browser from the Play Store (Android) or the App Store (iOS).
  • Once the installation is complete, launch the Brave app on your device.
  • In the Brave browser, tap on the three dots menu icon located in the top right corner of the screen.
  • From the menu that appears, select “Settings.”
Using Brave Browser
  • Scroll down within the Settings menu until you find the option labeled “Background video playback.”
  • Tap on the toggle switch next to “Background video playback” to enable this feature.
Using Brave Browser
  • To apply the changes, you’ll need to relaunch the Brave browser. Close the app completely and then open it again.
  • Now, open the Brave browser and navigate to the website “n.youtube.com” in the browser’s address bar.
  • Search for and play your favorite song or video on YouTube.
  • Once the video or audio starts playing, try exiting the Brave browser and doing other tasks on your phone. You’ll notice that the audio continues to play in the background.
  • To test the screen-off functionality, turn off the screen of your device while the audio is playing. Surprisingly, the audio will still continue without interruption.
  • If you encounter any issues, you can try enabling desktop mode in the Brave browser’s settings. Additionally, ensure that notifications are turned on for the Brave browser to optimize background playback. If the playback stops after a few minutes, it may be due to battery optimization settings. Disable battery optimization specifically for the Brave browser to resolve this issue.

That’s it! You’ve successfully set up Brave browser for YouTube background play. Enjoy listening to your favorite music or videos while multitasking on your phone.

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Solution 3: Using Chrome Browser

Here’s a step-by-step guide to using Chrome browser for YouTube background play:

  • Open the Chrome browser on your device.
  • Tap on the three dots menu icon located in the top right corner of the screen.
  • From the menu that appears, look for the option that says “Desktop site” and enable it. This will switch the browser to display the desktop version of websites.
Using Chrome Browser
  • Now, in the address bar of the Chrome browser, enter “m.youtube.com” and press Enter to visit the mobile version of YouTube.
  • Search for and play your favorite video on YouTube.
  • Once the video starts playing, press the home button on your device. This will minimize the Chrome browser, and the video will pause.
  • To resume playback, swipe down on your device’s notification area to expand it.
  • Look for the notification related to the YouTube video you were playing. It might have a play button or controls for playback.
Using Chrome Browser
  • Tap on the play button within the YouTube notification to resume playback.
  • From this point onward, you can perform any other tasks on your phone, including switching off the screen, while the YouTube audio continues to play without interruption.

* Please note that for this method to work, you should ensure that notification access is enabled for Chrome. Additionally, if you experience any issues with playback stopping after a few minutes, check your device’s battery optimization settings and disable them specifically for the Chrome browser.

Solution 4: Using a Third Party App Like “Black Screen”

Screenshots from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgyTzbFmpAI

Here’s a step-by-step guide to playing YouTube music with the screen off using the “Black Screen” app:

  • Open the Play Store (Android) or the App Store (iOS) on your device.
  • Search for the app called “Black Screen” and download it.
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Using a Third Party App Like “Black Screen”
  • Once the app is installed, open it.
  • You don’t need to grant the app permission to appear above specific apps.
  • Look for the toggle button within the app and turn it on.
  • After enabling the toggle, you’ll see a lock icon appearing above your apps, and you can freely move it around on your screen.
Using a Third Party App Like “Black Screen”
  • Now, open the YouTube app on your device.
  • Find the music you want to play and press the play button.
  • Once the music starts playing, tap on the lock icon that appeared earlier.
  • As you tap the lock icon, your screen will turn off, but the music will continue playing.
  • You can now place your phone aside and enjoy the music without needing to keep the screen on.

That’s it! You’ve successfully set up the “Black Screen” app to play YouTube music with the screen off. 

Conclusion

In this article, we have done our best to teach you how to listen to YouTube with screen off using various methods. If you have any questions, please leave a comment. To stay updated and receive the latest news about social media and tutorials for different devices, subscribe to our newsletter.

FAQ

Can iPhone users listen to YouTube with screen off by using Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox?

No. On iPhone, in our testing, we found that you can play YouTube videos in the background using the Google Chrome browser or Brave Browser.

Can Android users Listen to YouTube with Screen Off by using Mozilla Firefox web browsers?

Yes. On Android, you can use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browsers.

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