One of the biggest first-world problems of the past decade has been our inability to listen to our favourite songs on YouTube while doing other things on our iPhones. As many of you remind us in our Facebook comments regularly, scientists can land robots on a comet, but as soon as you close out of your YouTube app or tab on your phone, the music stops abruptly. But clever tech lovers online have found a work-around for this problem for iPhone users at least , and we've done our own testing to prove that it really does work - the only thing that we can't figure out is why we weren't made aware of this sooner.
- There is a workaround though!
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Until now. Using the YouTube app, iPhone or iPad users can keep listening to music while they get on with something else. To force YouTube audio to keep playing in the background, open up the relevant video and start it playing. Then press the home button so that the app closes, at which point the audio will stop. But if you then press the play button on your earbuds, the sound will start playing again. The video will only play to the end, and it will stop as soon as you unplug your earphones. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Start your Independent Premium subscription today.
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If your goal is to play YouTube videos in the background while you work on the phone, we've got some bad news: YouTube isn't going to make it easy for you. While this functionality used to be present in its various apps, YouTube has decided to reserve this particular functionality for paying subscribers of its YouTube services: YouTube Premium and YouTube Music. Below we'll point out a few ways to get around the limitation. The information below should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc. Any workarounds that let YouTube play in the background could disappear at any time as YouTube figures out how to close the loop. If you are dependent on this, you'll need to subscribe to YouTube's services.
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