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iPhone trick: How to listen to YouTube videos while multitasking or locked screen

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UPDATE: With YouTube no longer being part of iOS’ core, this trick no longer works in iOS 6.

I accidentally found this trick earlier today and I thought it was worth sharing… I’m not sure if it’s common knowledge. (NOTE: I do see there are some older posts about this, but it was new to me and maybe you.)

Basically, with this trick, you can continue listening to a YouTube video via your iOS device even though you “quit” the app, are in another app or have shut off or locked your screen.

Here’s a how-to video:

Step-by-step instructions:
1. Launch the YouTube App and play a song.

2. Quit the app by click on the home button.

3. Lock your phone.

4. Double click on your home button.

5. Press play and enjoy the music!

Bonus tips:
– Also, make sure you do Step 2 by clicking the home button. That want, when you unlock your phone, you can jump into any other app and multitask while jamming.

– You can create a playlist via YouTube… but, in some tests, it didn’t automatically go to the next song. You have to skip to next song before current song stops.

This is the poor man’s Spotify… Hope you find it useful.

  1. Joel
    January 9th, 2013 at 13:21 | #1

    I wish this worked for the new ios :( I used to for exactly what you said, “poor mans spotify” and it WAS fantastic

  2. February 18th, 2013 at 21:40 | #2

    It’s 2013, I’m trying to learn to play music off of YouTube with it closed.

    Unfortunately you can’t do this because of the new YouTube app that been needed to be downloaded.

    I have cydia and will use cracked apps or anything that helps, but I haven’t found one yet. Can anyone help?

  3. Mihaela
    March 21st, 2013 at 05:50 | #3

    On Ios 6.1 it doesn’t work but I foud a way. From the youtube app you copy the link, open the site http://www.youtube-mp3.org/ you paste the link into the space to convert, you click the convert button and after it is converted (3-4 seconds) you click download. This will open a quicktime player in safari and you can press the home button, entering other app while listening the song and that is all. Enjoy

  4. Debbie
    March 25th, 2013 at 09:02 | #4

    This doesn’t work with the YouTube app for iOS 6 but it still works when you use youtube on safari! A bit annoying but still exists :)

  5. September 7th, 2013 at 03:33 | #5

    There is an app that helps do this. There is more information on this blog: http://iphone-repair-temecula.com/how-to-play-youtube-videos-while-multitasking/

  6. Leilani
    March 5th, 2014 at 19:57 | #6

    It doesn’t work on safari either!

  7. Caili
    May 10th, 2014 at 23:04 | #7

    Open safari. Play YouTube video. Exit to home screen. Swipe up to get control screen. Press play :)

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