If you are intending to buy a YouTube premium subscription plan just for listening to the audio version of the YouTube videos in the background, you need to think twice.

Ever since Google has launched YouTube music, I use to listen to its huge music library every day. I am a big fan of YouTube Music because of its music suggestion algorithm and navigable user interface. 

But the problem is that, when you minimize the YouTube music app to perform other tasks on your mobile phone, the video stops instantly and so does the audio. This is because YouTube has restricted the background play feature in its public version. You need to buy a version of the YouTube premium in order to enable the picture-in-picture mode that makes the videos run in the corners of your screen while you use other apps on your phone.

You can enable the picture-in-picture mode by installing certain apps from the Google Play Store but if you are only interested in the audio, you can go with this simple trick.

The only thing you need is a web browser app like Google Chrome installed on your phone. This trick applies to both YouTube and YouTube Music.

Steps to play YouTube Videos’ Audio in the Background

  1. Open Google Chrome on your mobile phone and search for youtube.com in the search bar (or music.youtube.com to visit YouTube music).
  2. Shift to the desktop site of Google Chrome and inside YouTube or YouTube Music, search for your favorite song. To enable the Desktop version interface, select the kebab menu (3-dot menu) on the top right corner and select Desktop Site.
  3. Select and play any video from the list.

Now, if you minimize Google Chrome, the music will continue to play in the background. You can check the result in your notification drop-down. 

Notification bar of the phone showing YouTube video's audio playing in the background using google chrome.

Also, the music will continue to play in the background even if you log off your mobile phone.  

Dialogue box showing YouTube video's audio running in the lock screen.

Also Read: 

  1. How to replay YouTube videos automatically.
  2. Read this before you download the YouTube Music app on your phone.  
  3. Watch YouTube on big screens with YouTube TV Mode.