YouTube is meant for video, but as most everyone has determined by now, it’s also great for music. You’ll find just about every deep cut imaginable on the platform â? but hearing the tunes on the mobile app isn’t always the most enjoyable experience. Â
The YouTube app has one particularly egregious flaw for listeners: Playback is only available when the app is front and center on an user’s screen, also it stops when you shift your attentions elsewhere and open another. Â
I’m one of those weirdos who won’t embrace streaming, so I turn to YouTube for one-off mobile jams. The playback problem is really grating â? nothing’s worse than losing all other functions of my phone for the full 5: 20 of Danny Brown’s Really Doe when I’m at the gym. Â
Thankfully, there are simple workarounds The Verge worked out for both Android and iOS, so you’ll actually have the ability to use your phone while you’re hearing your favorite songs.
Playing YouTube jams in the background of one’s phone is much simpler for Android systems than iOS, which is fitting since they’re both Google products. Â
Open up your Chrome browser, and navigate to YouTube. com. Â
Hit the three-dot menu button on the top right corner of the screen. Head to the “Request desktop site” option near the bottom of the list, and tap the field to turn it on. Check out how it should look below:
Then, it is possible to pick out the song you want to play. Accept any popups asking for permission for YouTube to display notifications. Â
Once your song is playing, you can leave the Chrome app in the background and move onto other tasks. The playback will minimize at first â? but you control the track via the phone’s notifications menu. Â
iPhone users have an extra hurdle to jump through to get YouTube in the background of their phones. You need to download a new mobile browser, Dolphin, unless you happen to use it already. Â
Once you have the browser, go to YouTube. com. Select the song you want to listen to, press play, and leave the page. You’ll be able to get a grip on playback via the iOS Control Middle.
Now that you can play YouTube tunes once you want, you’ll never worry about keeping your own phone screen focused on the video. Line up your favorite song to enjoy. Â