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How to Play YouTube Videos With Screen Off

by Henry Emmanuel

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Yesterday was quite a busy day, i slept like a baby and woke up rejuvenated. Having had a glimpse at the wall clock, i realised it was almost night fall and the weather was cool too. So i decided to listen to some YouTube videos while doing some chores. I started with Alan Walker song titled Faded, since it was one of my favourites. Upon locking my device, the video got paused. I was irritated beyond control, as all i ever wanted was to listen to the audio from the video. Moreover listening to YouTube videos with the phone screen off can preserve the battery’s​ life. So after experiencing these problem, i decided to sought-after a workaround and i finally found one. Listening to a YouTube video in the background even when your device’s screen is off can be achieved if you have a YouTube red subscription. But this service comes at a price of $9.99/monthly and it is only limited to the folks living in the US. But in this article, i am going to teach you the best way to continue playing YouTube video even when your phone screen is off. There’s no root access involved, and you don’t need to pay a dime.

Also Read: How To Enable YouTube Background Playback On Android.

1. Mozilla Firefox

Firefox is an independent browser created by Mozilla. Offering an intuitive visual tabs, it’s one of the fastest, smart & personal web browser you can use. Firefox anticipates all your needs, and it provides you with add-on that can help in personalising your internet experience. Using Firefox to play YouTube videos even when your phone screen is off can be a very tricky business, but it can be achieved​ nonetheless.

To begin with, head over to the Google Play Store and install Mozilla Firefox.  Now open the app from your device app drawer. From here, simply tap on the 3 vertical dotted line at the top right corner of Firefox. Then tick to enable “Request desktop site”. Next login to YouTube and search for the video you want to play or listen to. That’s it, simply select the video and lock your phone screen. You’ll see that the video will still be playing.

2. Google Chrome

Google Chrome is one of the most used and undisputed browser designed for Android, iPhone and iPad. Chrome brings an inbuilt Google translator, allows for fast download and it enables you to view webpages and videos when you’re offline. Apart from this, chrome brings handy features and it helps to keep your phone safe when you attempt to navigate to dangerous sites.

As usual, you can use the Google Chrome to stream YouTube videos even when your phone screen is off. The procedure is similar to what was demonstrated using Mozilla Firefox, so it isn’t complicated. To get this one going, navigate to the Google Play Store and install Google Chrome. Locate and open the app from your device’s app drawer, tap on the 3 dots to access the hamburger menu then “Request desktop site”. Go to YouTube, search and play the video you wish to listen to, then lock your phone screen.

3. Black Screen Of Life

There’s always an alternative to apps, and black screen of life is one of the best among the numerous apps that allows you to play YouTube videos in the background while your phone screen is off. Unfortunately the app isn’t on Google Play Store, but you can still install black screen of life from here. It’s completely free, and there is also a premium version which is ad-free.

Now after installing black screen of life on your Android phone, locate and open it from the app drawer. Next you’ll be greeted with a simple user interface. Tap the lone button in the middle to enable BSOL. Now simply put your smartphone inside your pocket or turn it face down on the table. Your device’s screen will automatically turn off, allowing you to listen to youtube music videos while preserving your precious battery. Incase the app doesn’t work, enable “Compatibility Mode” from the settings menu.

Final Words

Now you can comfortably play or listen to YouTube videos even when your phone screen is off. For iPhone and iPad users, the Safari browser can also allow you to continue playing YouTube videos after you’ve locked your phone screen. To do this, simply open YouTube via the Safari browser, then search and play the music video you wish to listen to. Minimize to your home screen, you will notice that the video have paused. Don’t panic, simply swipe up to call-out the control center then tap the play button and the video will start playing again. Now lock your phone and continue listening to your music.

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