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Are you using the YouTube app and want to quickly switch to another program to do other things there? Then of course the video stops. The question quickly arises: Can you let YouTube run in the background on the iPhone? - it came to me recently through a message from the reader. Therefore, I would like to give a detailed answer here for everyone who wants to listen to videos on iOS while the display is off or another app is showing. In addition to YouTube Premium, there is also a free option to play YouTube videos on the iPhone in the background;)
Google offers a subscription for its video and streaming platform called YouTube Premium which can also be purchased as an in-app purchase on the iPhone and iPad. This subscription has several advantages: no advertisements are displayed, videos can be downloaded for offline playback, and videos can also be played in the background. From a purely technical point of view, this can be done using the YouTube app; and free for the first month. However, the following months then cost € 11,99 each with a subscription. But if you don't want to switch off advertising or use YouTube offline, but only want to minimize a video, that's certainly too much for you.
Actually, I recommended an app here that did the work for you, but it is no longer available - probably because YouTube actively took action against it. But there is still a way to have YouTube music playing in the background. And it works like this:
Now the video will play the music, but it will stop when you lock the iPhone. So that the music is still running again, you call it control center and press Start on the music playback widget. This should keep the music from YouTube running in the background.
Unfortunately, there is a small limitation in this way: When the video ends, the next video in the playlist does not begin. You have to unlock your iPhone again and start the next video in Safari.
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To run YouTube videos when you minimize the iOS program or turn off the screen of your smartphone or tablet, there are currently only two options. You can either book an expensive premium package, which, among other advantages, enables background playback, or you can use Safari and the desktop version of the YouTube site. This is always sufficient for music, podcasts and the like. Do you still have tips and tricks on the subject? Then leave a comment;)
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.