YouTube is a fantastic video service that’s packed with musical content. Like other video apps such as iPlayer and Vimeo, YouTube can provide great audio entertainment on the iPhone, even if you’re not able to watch the screen. However, for many reasons, watching YouTube videos in the background of an iPhone or iPad is ideal, but it is no longer as easy as simply pressing play and then returning to the iOS home screen. So, in this post, I will guide you on how to play YouTube in the background on iPhone running on iOS 13.
Meanwhile, most iPhone and iPad users like to play YouTube videos in the background, often to listen to music or listen to a podcast or talk show. For example, you might have found a great song on YouTube that you want to enjoy while playing a game, or while learning a foreign language, or maybe you just want to listen to the YouTube video in the background while you’re doing anything else.
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How to Play YouTube in Background on iPhone Using Safari (iOS 13)
There are several ways to play YouTube in the background on iPhones and iPad. But here, I will show you the best way to play YouTube videos in the background on iPhone and iPad (iOS 13) without installing any web browser and Third-party applications. All you need to tweak the Safari web browser, which is pre-installed, and the default web browser for iPhone and iPad. The reason why I chose iOS 13 is that most of Apple’s iPhones and iPad are running on iOS 13 or later.
Step 1. Open the Safari web browser on the iPhone or iPad.
Step 2. Type youtube.com in the address bar.
Step 3. Now tap on the AA on the top left-hand corner.
Step 4. Select Request Desktop Website to open the desktop version of YouTube.
Step 5. Now you’re in the desktop version of YouTube on iPhone or iPad.
Step 6. Now search for any video or song that you want to listen to in the background. In my case, I want to listen to Justin Bieber’s song.
Step 7. After selecting the song, now you have to play it.
Step 8. Now return to the iOS Home Screen and exit Safari, either by pressing the Home button or with the Home gesture.
Step 9. If the video stops, simply swipe down from the top corner to open the Control Center then tap the play button.
Step 10. Even you can play YouTube videos on lock screen as well.
You can also use lock screen controls to pause or resume a video while the device is in lock state. However, when following the above steps, you should bear in mind that this is a workaround; we’ve tried this multiple times on our iOS devices. This works at times and sometimes it does not. Do not lose patience if things don’t grow according to your plans. For two-three times you can keep following the above method and you’ll be successful.
Additional Tips: Play YouTube in Background on iPhone and iPad Using Dolphin Browser
If the method above doesn’t work, you can use the Dolphin web browser to play background YouTube videos on your iPhone and iPad in iOS 13 and iOS 12.
Step 1. Download and install the Dolphin web browser app on your iPhone and iPad then launch it.
Step 2. Type youtube.com in the address bar and select a video you wish to play and tap on the play button.
Step 3. Now press the Home button, and the video will automatically pause.
Step 4. Swipe up from down on iOS 12 and swipe down on iOS 13 to bring Control Center.
Step 5. Tap on the Play button, and your video will resume.
That’s it! This post was all about how to play YouTube in the background on iPhones and iPad. In this guide, I have shown you two different ways to play YouTube Videos on iPhone and iPad.