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It’s Back: Play YouTube in the Background on iPhone with Screen Off in iOS 11.3 [u]

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It appears YouTube audio can now stream in the background again on a locked iPhone, according to a user on Reddit.

YouTube is a source of free music for those who aren’t subscribed to premium streaming services such as Apple Music or Spotify. Now, you can listen to audio from YouTube videos again in the background, when previously this workaround was disabled by Google.

All you have to do is load Safari, visit YouTube.com, then search for a music video. Press play, wait at least five seconds, then go back to the Home screen on your iPhone. The audio will stop, but once you bring up Control Center, you can then press play to resume audio (or it’ll just resume when Control Center is brought up). Lock your iPhone screen and audio will continue playing.

Youtube background audio iphone

YouTube background audio on iPhone X running iOS 11.3

Why would you want to do this? Again, if there’s audio you want to listen to only available on YouTube, you can now do so in the background. Elementary and high school students looking for sources of free music always use YouTube. Now they’ll be able to listen to music in the background on a locked iPhone. Previously users had to download third party apps or browsers to get this to work, but now it appears to be working again in Safari.

Let us know if you’re going to try this little trick for background YouTube audio on a locked iPhone or iPad.

Update: Okay so of course now when we try to re-create this, it’s not working anymore.

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  • Steve

    Didn’t work for me.

  • Hosaka

    Definitely not working for me. Tried it via the suggested instructions, as well as a few of my own.

    I tried:
    – Loading/playing video clip in full screen, going to home screen and then tried playing the music using the mini player (via control center)
    – Loading/playing video clip in full screen, locking the device, and then tried pressing play on the lock screen’s player controls
    – Loading /playing video clip for five seconds (without full screen), going to home screen, and then tried playing the music using the mini player (via control center)
    – Loading/playing video clip for five seconds (without full screen), locking the device, and then tried pressing play on the lock screen’s player controls.

  • NOHoldsBar

    No longer working? Delete this article please.

  • So Young

    I don’t know why it takes so long to Google to bring youtube red in Canada.. :/

  • BlueSkies TruthRadio

    I agree, please delete this article. It creates the impression that you are creating click bait articles and may reduce your appeal in the future. If this feature becomes usable again, reupload the article. Thanks iPhoneCanada, big fan.

  • Karen Ramel

    Read the update at the end. They say it stopped working

  • BlueSkies TruthRadio

    Yes that is why we asked that the article be removed until the feature works again. May save thousands of people time and frustration

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