Play YouTube Video in Background on iPhone Easily

Play YouTube Video in Background on iOS iPhone

YouTube is the most widely used video-sharing and streaming platform. You can watch user-generated and corporate videos on YouTube. YouTube runs mainly on an advertisement-based business model. Recently, YouTube has introduced its premium subscription plans. Apart from an ad-free experience, YT Premium also provides background playback options. So, without a premium plan, you minimize the YouTube app, or, turn off your iPhone or iPad display. Then, YouTube will immediately pause the playback.

In Android, there are lots of ways to play YouTube videos in the background. Like, you can use YouTube Vanced, NewPipe-like Apps. But, in iOS, there are no such apps available. Although, there are still some ways, that you can try.

Well, If it’s for background playback you’re inclined to pay for YouTube Premium. Then, you can use the Safari browser. Or, you can use a Siri shortcut for it. And, with this Shortcut, you will able to play YouTube videos in the background on iPad and iPhone.

Play YouTube Video in Background on iPhone

Install Video Lite App

Video Lite App is an all-in-one browser app. That is optimized for video websites, including YouTube. When you access YouTube inside the YouTube Lite App, it will give you a native app experience. The best part is it also offers YouTube Premium features. Like as picture-in-picture mode, background playback, dark mode, AirPlay and Chromecast support, sleep timer, and more.

Install Video Lite App

The app also offers a 15-day ad-free browsing experience for all video sites. There is a one-month free refer and earn offer as well. So, the Video Lite App can be a perfect alternative to the YouTube App. Or, if you like to use the official YouTube App only, then you can try the next method. , I will not suggest you login using your Google Account in the Video Lite App.

1. Install Video Lite App from the App Store.

2. Open the App and tap on the YouTube icon.

Open YouTube Native App in Video Lite App

3. The YouTube Web App will open. Do play any video you like. And, lock the screen.

4. That’s it, the YouTube video will start playing in the background. You can control the video from the lock screen.

5. To play video in picture-in-picture mode. Do play the video, and just swipe up.

Play YouTube Video in Background Video Lite App

6. That’s it, the video will start playing in picture-in-picture mode.

Use Safari Web Browser

You don’t need to install any third-party shortcut or app to play YouTube videos in the background. If you want to listen to some music from YouTube while your screen is locked. Then, you need to play YouTube videos on Safari. And you will able to control playback from the Control Centre or Lock Screen. I have tested this method on the latest version of iOS 16, it works quite well.

1. Open Safari Browser on your Android Smartphone.

2. After that, open the YouTube Mobile website. Enter the URL directly, if you use Google, then the YouTube App will open.

3. Search and play the video that you want to play in the background.

Play YouTube video in Safari Browser

4. Once the video starts playing, press the power button. Yes, the song will get paused and nothing will appear on the lock screen.

5. Unlock your phone again and play the video again. The second time you will see the music playback option on the lock screen.

Play YouTube Video in Background iPhone Lock Screen

That’s it, now just play the song and you can turn your screen off. The YouTube video will keep playing in the background.

Use iOS Shortcut for Background Playback

iOS and the iPad OS come with a Shortcuts App (previously called Workflow). It is designed to run complicated tasks with one click. You can add pre-made or custom shortcuts in the App. Shortcuts help to perform specific tasks. And, can combine multiple actions into one task. Well, we are going to use a third-party YouTube++ shortcut. That is designed by RoutineHub user @seththiusenl’s.

With YouTube++ Shortcut, you can play YouTube videos in the background from the official iOS YouTube App. Apart from that, it gives the option to download YouTube videos and audio. The shortcuts also work with the VLC App. Also, it blocks YouTube Video Ads.

1. Open this YouTube++ Shortcut link. Shortcuts App will open and the “Add Shortcut” popup screen will appear. Scroll down a little and you will see the “Add Untrusted Shortcut” option, tap on it.

Add YouTube ++ Untrusted Shortcut

2. Once, the YouTube++ shortcut gets added to Shortcuts App. Install the Scriptable App from the App Store.

Scriptable App

3. Now, Open the YouTube App and play a video. And, tap on Share > More. (Scroll to the far right.)

Share - Tap on More

4. Scroll down and select YouTube++ from the list of actions.

Share video on YouTube++

5. You will now get multiple options from YouTube++ Shortcuts. Tap on “Background Play”.

YouTube++ Siri Shortcut - Background Play

6. YouTube++ Shortcut will now ask for some permission, tap on ok. Once it finishes, the video will open in Safari.

7. Tap on the video to play. And, go back to the home screen or turn off the device screen. In both cases, the video will be paused.

Play YouTube++ - Play YouTube Video in Background

You can resume the video from the control center. Or, you can do the same from the playback that appears on the lock screen.

That’s it so that’s how you can enjoy listening to podcasts or songs from YouTube App in the background. Well, this method is not that great. Because you have to close the safari tab every time to play a new video. Else, it won’t load a new video. And, as of now, it doesn’t work with the playlist. What are your thoughts on this Shortcut or method, do share in the comment section.