8 Best Apps to play YouTube in the background (Android & iOS)

On YouTube, one can find a lot of interesting and useful videos and audios. Many popular music artists upload their clips there, masters and coaches upload training videos, enthusiasts offer webinars and audiobooks.

All of this can be not only watched but also just listened to, however, the standard YouTube mode does not include playback in the background. For continuous listening, you have to find a way how to keep the program running.

There are several ways how to do that and consume content on YouTube in the background. Today we’re going to look at the apps for Android and iOS that allow you to play YouTube in the background.

Chrome Browser

google chrome iconActually, you can watch videos on YouTube in the background just by using the standard Youtube application, but in order to be able to do that, you need to buy a YouTube Red subscription or Premium. Most users don’t want to do that. If you don’t want to pay for the subscription, you can use the YouTube desktop version on the Chrome Browser.

This is probably the easiest way of how to play YouTube videos in the background. All you need to do is open Chrome, find YouTube in there – just make sure that you don’t open your YouTube app. To do that, you should enter ‘https://m.youtube.com’ in the search engine. This way, with ‘m’, you’ll be able to remain in the Chrome application to do further shenanigans.

The further shenanigans are going to the three dots menu above and ticking ‘Desktop site‘. Now you can open the video the sound of which you want to listen in the background and play it. Having done that, leave the Chrome browser – either by tapping the home button or going to some other app you want to use. Don’t be surprised if the audio stops. Now you need to scroll down the menu as it is shown on the second screen below and tap ‘play‘. That’s it! Now you can enjoy listening to YouTube videos while doing other stuff on your phone.

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Brave Browser

The method described above might not work on iOS smartphones. In theory, it should work, but we must also consider the fact that most iOS users don’t have Chrome so they need to download it. Well, they can download any other browser that supports background mode! One of them is Brave Browser. It allows you to play videos on the world’s most popular video hosting in the background both on Android and iOS.

It’s enough to just turn the desired video on and then hide the browser Brave. After that, the sound will continue to play in the background. Even the control panel will remain active, which means that you can use such buttons as ‘play’ or ‘pause’ to stop or resume the playback. In other words, this special application turns all the videos on YouTube into musical compositions that you can listen to in the background through the speakers of your phone or headphones.

Although Google generally doesn’t allow adding apps that permit you to watch videos on YouTube in the background to the Google Play store, the Brave web browser kind of break these rules. The app’s users believe though that it won’t be removed from the store for violating the rules. To make this application work, you need to open “Settings“, go to “Site Settings” and then to “Camera and Microphone“. There will be a special tumbler called “Video in the background“, which should be switched to the active position.

The Brave browser is completely free. In addition to the aforementioned advantage, it has a built-in ad blocker that allows you to browse the Internet without intrusive advertisements. Through this application, you can view videos in the background not only on YouTube but also on all the other websites, which is extremely useful!

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Minimize for Youtube play in background

minimize iconMinimize allows Android users to play YouTube videos not really in the background, but close, very close. Do you see that little window in the second screen? This is how this app works. Basically, what you need to do is to open the app, turn on the video that you want to listen to and hide the app. Don’t expect it to be completely hidden – it will be located in the left corner of your screen. This mode allows you to surf other apps and take a look at videos that you’re playing.

Surely, the app is quite convenient but there are some drawbacks that you need to take into account. First of all, if you lock your screen, you will turn the music off. Unlike browsers with background modes, Minimize doesn’t let you listen to the audio while holding the phone in the pocket. It is made for those who like multitasking – texting while watching, going through an Instagram feed, editing photos, etc. The other drawback is that you need to watch a 5-second ad before using the app. Of course, YouTube is full of ads so it will hardly be a surprise. Still unpleasant though.

To sum up, Minimize is a great app for those who like using their phone’s potential to the fullest. Why watch a video and then reply to a message when you can do both? If you feel this is for you, go on and push that download button!

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Tube Floating

tube floating iconIf you want to have a background mode and you have an Android device, then this app is for you. Tube floating works in a similar way – it can show you the video that you’re playing either on a small screen or no screen at all. What I mean is that you’ll see no pictures in the second app’s mode – it is just the red button that you can drag and place wherever you prefer most.

To use this application, you need to go through a quick procedure of permission-giving and ad watching. Advertising is far from tacky – it has no sound and can be turned off in 5 seconds. After that, you can watch any YouTube video without promoting ads. How cool is that? To use background mode, just hide the app. The greatest thing is that you can turn your screen off and still be able to listen to the sound of your video.

In general, this is a very nice app that gives you an opportunity to use the background mode in many different ways.

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Floating Tube

Floating Tube is a small client for video sharing on YouTube. The main feature of it is a floating video player. Thanks to it, you can launch the desired video on top of other applications that play in the background. It’s very convenient, since you can, for example, simultaneously watch a video and chat with friends.

The design of this application is very similar to the interface of the original YouTube client for Android, which makes Floating Tube a great replacement. Roughly speaking, this is the same application, but with a floating video player – why not use it? In the application, you can purchase a Premium version, but the main functionality is available for free.

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Free music for YouTube

With this application, you can view absolutely any clip or video from YouTube channel in a pop-up window. The app gives you an ability to play videos in the background while you browse the mailbox, for example.

While you are running the Stream Free music for Youtube application, your phone will not switch to the sleeping mode. You will have a music player that works right from your lock screen.

To control the player, use swipes from the center of the screen to the desired buttons.

Free music for YouTube is an excellent service for listening to your favorite songs and watching clips. It allows you to enjoy millions of songs from YouTube without any problems.

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NetTube

This free NetTube application can be used as a player of music from YouTube. If the goal is to listen to music in the background – the application will be an excellent choice. There is nothing unusual in the design of the program or its possibilities. It is worth noting though that the app supports downloading so it was possible to use YouTube videos in offline mode.

At first glance, the application may seem less attractive than others on this list, but it offers users the ability to search not only on YouTube but also on SoundCloud. The application mainly focuses on music content. There are a background playback and a function that lets you automatically stop playback after a specified time has elapsed.

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Tube Master

Tube Master is another free application, which was originally sharpened for listening to music. There are all kinds of tops, selections, and playlists. You can even view tops from other countries and create your playlists.

There is a background playback, picture-in-picture inside the program and gesture control that lets you rewind and control the volume with a swipe. It is possible to choose the video quality. Also, the application supports AirPlay & AirPlay mirroring.

In a nutshell, Tube Master doesn’t stand out from its competitors, but it performs its functions properly.


Now you know how you can consume content on YouTube while doing other things on your mobile gadget.