How to Play YouTube Videos in Background on iPhone or iPad in iOS 11 or iOS 10

YouTube app does not let you play video in the background, here's the trick on how to play YouTube videos in the background on iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 and iOS 10.

YouTube is a massive hub of entertainment. Whether you want to watch funny videos, live-stream videos or catch up with some great movies, it’s very much like one-stop heaven for you. The paid version of this app “YouTube Red” comes with some neat features like the option to let you play music in the background. What if you don’t want to go for the premium version and still wish to play your favorite YouTube videos in the background on your iPhone and iPad?

There is a way you can overcome this restriction. Though, it’s not so straightforward and currently works only in the Dolphin web browser. Let me show you how it’s done!

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How to Play YouTube Videos in Background on iPhone/iPad

Note: Earlier this method worked with Chrome and Safari as well. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work in these browsers anymore.

Step #1. Download Dolphin web browser app on your iOS device if you don’t have it already and open it.

Open Dolphin Web Browser on iPhone

Step #2. Go to and select a video you wish to play and tap on the play button. (It may ask you to open in the app, tap on cancel.)

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Play YouTube Video on iPhone in Dolphin

Step #3. Now press the Home button, and video will automatically pause.

Step #4. Swipe up from down to bring Control Center.

Swipe up Screen to Play YouTube Video in Background on iPhone

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Step #5. Tap on the Play button, and your video will resume.

Play YouTube in Background on iPhone

That’s it!

Video: How to Play YouTube Videos in Background on iPhone

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Wrapping up

So, make the most of this little but handy trick to enjoying your favorite videos while using other apps on your iOS device! Also, let us know your feedback in the comments below.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


  1. For some reason this isn’t working for me. It used to, but I just got my iPhone 6 with iOS 9 and it doesn’t seem to want to do it.


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