How to Play YouTube Videos in Background in iOS 12 Safari on iPhone or iPad

Despite the restriction, you will be able to play your favorite YouTube videos in the background in Safari on your iPhone and iPad with ease. Jump right in to put your hands on these cool tricks!

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!

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Quick access:

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.

Add Background YouTube in iOS 12 Shortcuts App

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Step #2. Next, open Safari web browser and head over to

Open Safari and head over to youtube web

Step #3. Next up, find the video you want to play and then hit the share button.

Find the Video you want to play and tap on Share button in YouTube Web

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Step #4. In the share sheet, select Shortcuts.

Select Shortcuts in iPhone Share Sheet

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.

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Tap on Background YouTube shortcut to run Video in Background on iPhone

Step #6. A popup will appear on the screen, tap on Allow to let it access
Tap on Allow to access youtube web in Shortcuts app

Step #7. Now, you will return to YouTube. Tap on the play button. The video will enter full-screen mode.

Tap on play button to start Youtube video and it 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.

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Bring up Control Center and tap on play button to lets Youtube play in background With Shortcuts

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 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.

Tap on Share Sheet in YouTube in Safari on iPhone or iPad

Step #4. Some sharing options will swipe up from the bottom. Tap on “Request Desktop Site” from the lowest row.

Request Desktop YouTube Site in Safari on iPhone or iPad

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.

Request Desktop Site in Safari on 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.

Play YouTube Video in Background in Safari on iPhone or iPad

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.

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.)

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

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

Play YouTube in Background on iPhone

In most of the cases, the Dolphin workaound works well. However, if there is no luck yet, last workable solution is BananaVideo App.


The simplest way to play Video in Background on iPhone or iPad is to download the BananaVideo app on your device.

Once the app is installed on your iPhone/iPad, you can just start playing videos. When the videos begin to play, you can press the Home button or use gesture to bring up the Home screen of your iOS device. The videos will continue to play in the background while you can do other activities on your phone or tablet.

That’s it!

Video: How to Play YouTube Videos in Background on iPhone

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 co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.

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