YouTube is a fantastic online streaming service. Though the entertainment app comes with several highly impressive features like Restricted Mode, it lacks an enormously useful feature – Background Play. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get across the line. Really! There is a smart trick through which you can play YouTube videos in the background on your Android device. (iPhone as well)

To play the video in the background, you have to head over to via a web browser and then go for the desktop site. The process may not be straightforward, but it gets the job done with aplomb. Besides, there are other alternatives as well through which you will relish background play. Let’s jump over to find out how it works the easy way!

How to Play YouTube Videos in Background on Android

Step #1. Open any web browser on your Android device.

Step #2. Now, you need to head over to

Step #3. Next, you will have to navigate to the video you wish to play in the background. And select it.

Step #4. Tap on the three dots at the top right of the window.

Step #5. Now, you have to select Request Desktop Site.

Step #6. Next up, pause the video.Step #7. Tap on Home button in order to close the browser.

Step #8. Up next, you need to pull down the notification center.

Step #9. Finally, tap on the play button.

Voila! The video has begun to play in the background. Now, open any app like Facebook and enjoy chatting with your friends while listening to the music in the background.

Other Alternatives:

There are a couple of smart alternatives through which you can enjoy playing YouTube videos while using other apps.

How to Use Awesome Pop Up to Play YouTube Videos on Android

There is a cool app called “Awesome Pop-up Video Pro” that allows you to play YouTube videos while enjoying other apps. What it does is play video in a popup window to let you continue to use other apps. Interestingly, it’s quite easy to get started with it.

Step #1. Open Google Play Store on your Android and download Awesome Pop-up Video.

Step #2. Next, you have to launch Chrome or any other web browser and go to

Step #3. Now, head over to the video you want to play and tap on it.

Step #4. Next, you need to copy the URL of the video.

Step #5. Launch Awesome Pop-up Video app.

Step #6. Up next, paste the URL of the video and then tap on the icon on the right.

Step #7. Finally, quit the app. The video will start playing in a popup window.

Use YouTube Red to Play YouTube Videos in the Background

YouTube Red is thoroughly primed to entertain you. The subscription-based service costs $9.99 per month. It has a nice feature called “Background Play” that lets you play videos in the background.

As YouTube Red keeps ads away, you will make the most of your favorite videos without any interference. It comes with the subscription of Google Play Music as well. In case you have already subscribed to Google Play Music, you will get YouTube Red for absolutely free.

In A Nutshell:

I like to listen to music in the background while chatting with my friends or to make notes. It would be great if Google adds the background play feature in YouTube app as well. Until this functionality is added in the app, get the most out of this little trick.

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