Do you want to keep YouTube video playing while you get some stuff done? If yes so, continue with the below sections.

Play YouTube Videos in Android

One of the most bothering restrictions that I found on YouTube is it won’t allow you playing videos in the background. Sometimes you want to listen to music on YouTube, but at the same time, you have also got some serious chat with your girlfriend. So, what will you do? Hey, wait, don’t let yourself freak out, here I got some handy solutions for you.

Despite the fact that YouTube is all about video streaming platform, there are the plethora of media contents like music and podcasts which actually don’t require watching the video film.

Unfortunately, Youtube plays as a foreground app, which means you can’t use your phone and listen to podcasts on YouTube at the same time. You can only play videos on YouTube until you are on the streaming page, it automatically pauses your media content if you try to navigate to another screen or app. Being a hardcore YouTube streamer, it’s damn annoying for me. What about you guys?

Also Read: How to convert Youtube Videos to wav format online

Have you ever come across to the situation, where you wanted to listen to your favorite songs on YouTube while chatting on Facebook?

There is an old saying “necessity is the mother of invention.

When our need for something becomes essential, then only we are forced to find ways for it. As for a reason, you have landed on this page searching for some of the handy methods which let you play YouTube videos on your Android background. Well, you couldn’t do this unless and until you cheat (trick) a little. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s do it.

How to Play YouTube Videos on Android Background?

Let me introduce you to a few simple workarounds that will aid you to play music or podcasts in the background while you hang out with your friends on social media.

Here in this article, I have listed five of the working methods that I’ve personally tested on mine own. You can choose any one of them according to your preference. Just follow the given steps, and I’ll let you know how one can play YouTube media content in the background.

#1 Playing Videos using Firefox or Chrome

It is one of the most straightforward methods to play YouTube in the background using Firefox or Chrome. It is dead simple. In order to discover more workarounds for the Google’s prohibition on background YouTube play, a YouTuber G3ORGE has, fortunately, stumbled upon an interesting bug which let you play your favorite media content in the background.

Before starting with this trick firstly, you need to do is toggle on “Allow notification dot” under the general app settings that will enable notifications for Chrome. Below are the afterward steps:

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  • Launch Chrome or Firefox, whatever your preferred browser is.
  • Then, navigate to the mobile YouTube site and pick any video you want to play in the background.
  • Switch to the desktop (instead of mobile) YouTube site in Chrome, by tapping the three dots in the upper-right corner of the window, and check the “Request desktop site” box.
  • If you got a popup appear showing, YouTube wants to send you notifications, accept it.
  • Now play your video and then exit or switch to another tab or app by pressing the home button.
  • You see a volume notification will remain in the notification shade, hit resume playback, and enjoy your media content.

play YouTube in android background

You can switch in and out of apps, play or pause your video either from notifications or the phone’s lock screen; the video will still play with no interruption.

#2 Playing videos with Awesome Pop-up Video App

Awesome Pop-up Video is another way that let you play YouTube videos in the background. Mind it; this app doesn’t play YouTube in the background instead it plays them in a small, movable pop-up window, which can also be dragged anywhere in the screen. This app comes along with its premium counterpart, but hey, both the versions work in the same way, if it is so, why not go with the freemium.

With the help of Awesome Pop-up video app, you can play any of your favorite YouTube videos in the pop-up window. Here’s how to start with this method:

play YouTube in android background

  • First of all, you need to download and install the app from the download button given below.
  • Launch the app, and you will see a search bar on the top of the app, search your favorite video there, hit play, and exit the app right away.
  • Immediately you will witness a popup on your device screen streaming the media content that you had played in the app.


Streaming YouTube in the background with this third-party app is just like laughably easy.

#3 Playing videos on YouTube Red

You guys might have heard about YouTube red. So far we have many third-party apps available for the same but that apparently nowhere near as exquisite as actually working in the background like YouTube red. However, it is a subscription-based service that let you enjoy YouTube in the background even if your screen is turned off. Additionally, it allows you watch original shows and series that are exclusively available for only YouTube red subscribers. It is the best way to get rid of YouTube ads, and moreover, it includes a Google Play Music subscription.

How to Play YouTube Videos in Android Background

NOTE: If you have already a subscription to Google Play Music, you will get YouTube Red for free.

You can activate your monthly subscription from within the YouTube app. It costs you $9.99 per month. Though, the service is available in the US.YouTube red

The point to be noted here is, it is clear that Google knows that being able to just listen to audio on YouTube is a pleasing feature, that is why the company prohibited it and reserved it as a bonus for YouTube Red customers. You will be not able to play YouTube in the background unless you have a YouTube Red subscription.

Get the subscription for yourself right away, if you are literally a busy bee and don’t interested in any trick.

#4 New Pipe

NewPipe is the open source app for background playback. But unfortunately, this app isn’t available on Google Play Store. You will get this on the alternative app store, named as F-Droid. It comprised of many open source software.

play YouTube in android background

In order to get NewPipe, first of all, you need to download the APK version of F-Droid which is easily available on their official website. Once you have successfully installed F-Droid on your Android smartphone. It’s time to launch the app, initially, it will take few seconds to load the apps list on the server.

Now head over to the search bar, type NewPipe, and hit the install button. It will ask for “Install unknown apps,” allow it. Once you have done with the installation, you will get a NewPipe window showing trending YouTube videos. There is also a search bar on the top of the right corner where you can search for your favorite media content.

play YouTube in android background

Play whatever you want and then hit the three-dot menu at the top right, you will get three options, either you want to “Toggle orientation” or “Switch to popup” or want to “Switch to the background.” Choose what your preference is and have fun playing with NewPipe app.

NOTE: This app promotes non-free network services [Anti-feature].

#5 Picture-in-picture mode in Android 8.0 Oreo

Do you have the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system updated on your Android smartphone? Yes, I am talking about the Android oreo 8.0 which supports picture-in-picture mode.

Now you may ask, what the hell is this picture-in-picture mode?

Well, It is a split-screen feature that has been enhanced with the addition of picture-in-picture mode with the release of Android Oreo. Later it wasn’t designed with the idea of video playback in mind but, Android 8.0 has finally made video playback more friendly than ever.

Play YouTube in background

YouTube will work in the background, but only if you have YouTube Red subscription. For launching that PiP mode all you need to do is play any video and press the home button, and with the help of PiP, you can drag the floating video window anywhere on the screen. Although it always sticks to the nearest corner of the screen.

Moreover, if you want to disable PiP for any app, or want to check the list of apps having PiP support just navigate to the Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced > Special app access > Picture-in-picture. 

It lists all the apps on your device that support picture-in-picture.


So far have you got any method working for you? I hope aforementioned methods helped you to get your problem fixed. I’ve cataloged all the working methods available on the internet that will let you ask for nothing more.

If it worked for you so, don’t forget to share with your friends. Let those busy slacker too take some advantage.

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