How To Listen To YouTube In The Background Of Your iPhone: The Quick Fix!

You want to listen to a YouTube video while doing something else on your iPhone. However, every time you close the app that’s playing the video, the video pauses on its own! In this article, I’ll show you how to listen to YouTube in the background on your iPhone!

How To Listen To YouTube In The Background On Your iPhone

First, go to YouTube in a Safari browser and find the video you’d like to listen to in the background of your iPhone. Next, tap the Share button at the bottom of your iPhone screen. The Share button looks like a square with an arrow pointing up out of it.

Note: You have to be watching YouTube in Safari, otherwise this doesn’t work. You can’t listen to YouTube videos in the background of your iPhone using the YouTube app without paying for YouTube Red, their subscription service.

tap iphone share button on youtube

Next, swipe right-to-left on the menu bar that begins with Add to Reading List until you see Request Desktop Site. Tap that button and begin playing the video.

request desktop site youtube

Now, go back to your iPhone Home screen. If you have an iPhone 8 or earlier, tap the Home button to return to the Home screen. If you have an iPhone X, quickly swipe up from the very bottom of the display.

Next, open up Control Center. On the iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe up from the very bottom of the screen. On iPhone X, swipe down from the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Finally, tap the Play button (it looks like a triangle) in the audio interface box to begin playing the video. As you’ll see (or hear), you can now listen to YouTube in the background on your iPhone!

press play youtube video

Having Trouble With YouTube?

If you’re still having problems watching YouTube on your iPhone, there may be a deeper software issue at play. Check out our article to learn what to do when your iPhone isn’t playing YouTube videos!

Easy Listening!

You can finally listen to YouTube without leaving the app open! I hope you’ll share this article on social media to show your family and friends how to listen to YouTube in the background on your iPhone. If you have any other questions, leave a comment down below.

Thanks for reading,
David L.

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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1 year ago

Would be like to know how to stack yt videos for listening to while I’m doing something else.

3 years ago

On Android you can keep YouTube on a side box and do whatever you want.

3 years ago

I don’t think this works anymore. The request desktop site doesn’t seem to be an option.