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Keep YouTube Playing With Your Screen Off On Android (Updated on 2021)

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What is the thing you like to do on YouTube? Listen to music, radio shows, podcasts, audiobooks, even watching silly videos? Whatever you do, for sure, you know the struggle. You want to reply to a text, lock your screen, or do anything else while your YouTube is playing. And guess what? You can’t. Whatever you do, the video will automatically be paused until you open YouTube again.

Well, I will show you now how to keep YouTube playing, even if your screen is off.

I’ll introduce you to several solutions for this problem, and you pick yourself the best!

How to play YouTube videos in the background of your Android phone?

Yes, there is a possibility to have YouTube videos in the background, and you do not even need to pay anything! Let’s see how.

This method should work for most Android devices, so it’s worth a shot!

Paid Solution to Play YouTube Music Videos in the background of your Android phone

If you would like something more accessible or already have a YouTube Premium account, you can try out this option.

There are several YouTube Premium plans you can sign up for, “Individual”, “Family”, and “Student” plans. The usual price is $11.99, $17.99, and $6.99 per month.

Note: The price may vary depending on the promotions, time you are reading this, or YouTube’s decision to change it.

After you’ve made your purchase, you can download the YouTube Music app and enjoy your videos in the background. However, this option is suitable only for music videos because you cannot access anything else through this app!

Yet, there are over 70 million songs available, it’s ad-free, you can use it to download the content, and it’s available for your Smart TV, smart speakers, smartwatches, and other Android-based devices. For sure, you will find something to listen to with the YouTube Music app!

Apps to use for playing YouTube videos in the background of your Android device

If, however, you do not want to sign up for a YouTube Premium account, there are several apps you can use to play YouTube videos in the background.

Minimize Play in the background

As the name itself suggests, the app is helping you minimize the videos you are playing. Video will not be completely gone from your screen, but it will be minimized, and you can place it in any corner of your screen. This way, even though the video is not entirely backgrounded, you can still use your phone and listen to music or anything else.

An additional bonus is that you can use the app to create your own playlist and store it directly on your smartphone. Also, you can use the app when your screen is locked, which is reducing battery consumption.

VLC for Android

Believe it or not, one of the best video players is now available in the Android version as well. What do you need to do?

  1. Install VLC for Android
  2. Launch the YouTube app
  3. Play the video
  4. Tap “Streaming video”
  5. Click on “More options”
  6. Choose “Play in VLC”.

That’s it; your video will now be streamed through VLC that you can put in the background like any other app.

The app supports all file formats such as MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, etc. You can use it for more than just YouTube video streaming. It supports headset mode and has a library where you can save video and audio files directly. Sounds good, right?


Another great app to use. Besides the obvious benefits, it also takes just the audio track from the video you searched to save your traffic (you can also control the audio quality form inside the player). Let me show you how to install the app:

  1.   Check out this post if you don’t know how to install APK files on Android
  2. Visit the FireTube download page
  3. Press the download
  4.   Find the Downloads folderand open the downloaded FireTube APK file
  5. Follow instructions to finish the installation

Once downloaded and installed, just open the app, search for a YouTube video you want to listen to, select it. The player will automatically start playing the audio from YouTube. Now you can exit the app or turn your screen off.

If you have any other suggestions, we would like to hear from you. Leave your comment in the section below!

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