Many users have experienced issues playing YouTube videos in the background on their iPhone running iOS 10+ versions. This is especially true if you are running iOS 10.1 and higher on your iDevice. In this article, we show you how to play YouTube videos in the background on your iPhone without subscribing to YouTubeRed.
This workaround also clears the current song in your control center and replaces it with YouTube content.
If you are using YouTube in Safari, Make sure to use a Private Browsing session to pipe the YouTube music to the background. To do so, please follow the three easy steps below:
3 Easy Steps to play Play YouTube Videos in Background, iOS 10 and Higher
Step – 1
Open your Safari and go to YouTube.com. Open up the video that you want to play in the background.
Step – 2
Next, convert the Safari browser session to a Private session by tapping on the icon at the rightmost bottom corner as shown below. Tap on Private and choose Done to confirm. This opens up the YouTube video in a private session. When you have the private session ON, Safari will appear gray or dark instead of the usual white.
Step – 3
Once the video starts playing, you can access your control center by exiting out of Safari and swiping up on your screen. Press the Play button to continue playing the video in the background.
If for some reason, your Safari is not able to pipe the video over from YouTube in private browsing mode, clear the website history from Safari by going to Settings > Safari > Delete History and Website Data. While in the Safari Settings, Toggle the setting for Block Pop-Ups and keep it to ON.
Once you have cleared the Safari history, restart your iPhone and try loading YouTube in Private Safari Session and check if you can pipe the video to the background.
Another option, Another browser
Use Dolphin as your browser for playing the YouTube videos and audio as opposed to Safari if you do not want to use the private browsing session for any reason.
Requesting the Desktop Site
Another way that’s currently working is requesting YouTube’s Desktop Site from your browser. How you request the desktop site is different for each browser. For Safari, go to the youtube.com and then tap and hold on the Refresh symbol in the address bar. This brings up the option to Request Desktop Site. This tap and hold on Refresh works in Firefox as well.
Another way to Request Desktop Site in Safari is through the Share Button at the bottom. Tap that button and then swipe through the bottom row until you find the Request Desktop Site button.
Bringing up the Desktop site always takes some time, so be patient. Don’t just assume that it isn’t working. Wait a bit.
Once the Desktop Site loads, locate what you want to play and press play. Depending on the content chosen, it may need to load ads first. Once your music or video is playing, bring up control center and double press Home to navigate to your Home Screen from there or any other open app.
All mobile browsers offer a way to get to their Desktop Site, for Chrome tap the three verticle dots in the upper right corner–that’s the Chrome Settings Menu button. Then select Request Desktop Site from the options. Once requested, follow the same instructions for Safari (listed above.)
What’s Going On?
It’s not clear why YouTube doesn’t let us pipe music into the background using regular Safari session. When playing the video using standard Safari, it prompts us to get a YouTubeRed subscription to achieve this. We are hoping that iFolks will continue to enjoy music on the iPhone background using Private browsing session on Safari.