How to Play YouTube Videos in the Background on Your iPhone

You may have experienced that when playing YouTube videos on your iPhone, the video stops playing when you minimize the app. This can be frustrating, especially if you want to multitask or listen to music while doing something else. However, there is a way to play YouTube videos in the background on your iPhone. In this article, we will guide you on how to do it.

Use a Browser

The first step is to use a browser on your iPhone such as Google Chrome or Safari. Open the browser and go to the YouTube website.

Request Desktop Site

Once you are on the YouTube website, tap on the three dotted icons in the top right-hand corner of the screen. This will open a drop-down menu. From there, select “Request Desktop Site.”

Note that this feature is not available on the YouTube app, so you must use a browser to access it.

Play Any Video You Like

Once you have selected “Request Desktop Site,” you can now play any video you like on YouTube, and the sound will stop when you minimize the app. However, if you want to listen to the video in the background, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Center, and tap the play button. The sound will start playing again, allowing you to listen to videos in the background.

Remember that to be able to listen to YouTube videos in the background on an iPhone, you need to use a browser and access the desktop site feature.


Playing YouTube videos in the background on your iPhone is easy once you know how to do it. By using a browser and accessing the desktop site feature, you can listen to all your favorite YouTube videos while multitasking or doing something else. Follow the above steps, and you will be on your way to listening to YouTube videos in the background on your iPhone.

Hope you found this guide helpful. Happy multitasking!