Many of us enjoy playing YouTube videos in the background while using other apps. Though this functionality is available only in the premium version of the app, there are some workarounds to bypass the restriction. And in this tutorial, we’ve discussed three workable methods that can let you play YouTube videos in the background in Safari on your iPhone and iPad.
The most reliable way to get it done is through a shortcut. It works consistently and is pretty easy to use. However, to take advantage of this hack, your iPhone must be running iOS 12. But what if your device is not on the latest iOS version? Bother not; there are a couple of tricks that can help you break the shackle!
- Play YouTube Videos in the Background With Shortcuts on iPhone or iPad
- Play YouTube Videos in Background in iOS 12 Safari on iPhone/iPad
- Play YouTube Videos in Background Using Dolphin Browser
How to Play YouTube Videos in Background in iOS Safari With Shortcuts
First off, ensure that your device is running iOS 12 and you have already installed Shortcuts app.
Step #1. Now, hit this direct link to get the Background YouTube shortcut. Then, tap on Get Shortcut to add it to your library.
Step #2. Next, open Safari web browser and head over to youtube.com.
Step #3. Next up, find the video you want to play and then hit the share button.
Step #4. In the share sheet, select Shortcuts.
Note: Do note that if you are using Shortcuts app for the first time, you will have to first tap on More button. After that, turn on the switch next to the app. Tap on Done to confirm.
Step #5. Up next, tap on “Background YouTube” shortcut to run it.
Step #7. Now, you will return to YouTube. Tap on the play button. The video will enter full-screen mode.
When you switch to another app, it will stop playing. Next, all you need to do is bring up the Control Center and tap on the play button.
That’s it! Now, go ahead and enjoy the video to your heart’s liking, while still using other apps.
Check out other methods given below, if you aren’t using the latest version of iOS.
How to Play YouTube Videos in Background in iOS 12 Safari on iPhone/iPad
Step #1. First, launch Safari on your iPhone/iPad.
Step #2. Type www.youtube.com in the address bar and tap Return/Go and play the desired video.
Step #3. Next, tap on the Share button from the bottom of the screen.
Step #4. Some sharing options will swipe up from the bottom. Tap on “Request Desktop Site” from the lowest row.
Alternatively, you can long press the “Refresh” button from the top right corner. An option will come up from the bottom of the screen: “Request Desktop Site.” Tap on the option, and this will open the desktop version of YouTube on your iPhone or iPad.
Step #5. When the YouTube video begins to play in Safari, you can leave this app by tapping on the Home button. You can still listen to the song or dialogue being played on YouTube video.
Step #6. If in case it doesn’t play, Go to the Control Center and tap on the Play button.
While you are following the above steps, you should keep in mind that it is a workaround; we have tried this on our iOS devices multiple times.
Sometimes, this works and sometimes it does not. If things do not develop as per your expectations, do not lose patience. You can keep following the above method for two-three times and you will get success.
If the above method doesn’t work, you can use Dolphin web browser to play YouTube videos in the background in iOS 12 on your iPhone and iPad.
How to Play YouTube Videos in Background on iPhone/iPad in Dolphin Browser
Step #1. Download Dolphin web browser app on your iOS device if you don’t have it already and open it.
Step #2. Go to http://www.youtube.com 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.)
Step #3. Now press the Home button, and video will automatically pause.
Step #4. Swipe up from down to bring Control Center.
Step #5. Tap on the Play button, and your video will resume.
In most of the cases, the Dolphin workaround works well.
Video: How to Play YouTube Videos in Background on iPhone
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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