How to play YouTube in background on PC or Android

With over 4 billion views per day, there is no denying the fact that YouTube is by far the largest and single most successful online streaming services of today. Among its huge directory of videos, a massive chunk is made up of the music videos that we all fondly listen to.

All that said, we still have a few complaints with the lack of options that YouTube comes with. For example, if you use YouTube on your PC, you would notice that there is no way you can minimize the YouTube window to keep playing it on the background, while you multitask like sending emails etc.

How to play YouTube in background on PC or Android

Similar is the case with YouTube app as well, especially the Android version that stops playing the video if the screen of your mobile device shuts off. That makes it difficult for users to be able to listen to YouTube music while doing something else such as driving.

Today, we are here to put an end to these woes of many others like us, who want to be able to play YouTube in the background and enjoy video and music while doing other things at the same time.

Part 1: Play YouTube in the background on PC or Android by subscribing to YouTube Red

Google has tried addressing the so called user experience challenges of YouTube by introducing a newer, better version of it. That service is known as the YouTube Red. In order to use the YouTube Red service, one has to subscribe with it by paying a monthly subscription charge of $10.

What you will get in return is a set of perks that one would definitely enjoy such as the ability to watch videos with no ads, offline playing of videos for about 30 days, listening of music even when the app is minimized or the screen is shut or the feature of background play etc.

In order to enable background play, you must follow the steps as given below.

Step 1: Launch the YouTube Red app on your Android device and then go to Menu > Settings

How to play YouTube in background on PC or Android

Step 2: Select the option Background Play, under "Background and Offline"

How to play YouTube in background on PC or Android

Step 3: Choose the option of Always on - to play the videos in the background

How to play YouTube in background on PC or Android

That's it, now you will be able to play your YouTube Red videos in the background on your Android device, whenever and wherever you want.

Part 2: Play YouTube in the background on Android without subscribing to YouTube Redn

Now, YouTube Red's background play features comes for a considerable cost of $10 per month or even more. Not everyone would want to spend that kind of money for being able to just multitask while using YouTube on their Android device.

So, for all of us who are into using the regular, free YouTube version, is that the end of the story? Is there no way to be able to enjoy the YouTube background play feature without having to subscribe to YouTube Red service? Our answer would be 'yes', for there definitely is a way out.

For Android users, Google Play store offers a variety of apps that support background playback, in turn, allowing you to use your YouTube app just like a music player. We will introduce you to three of the best such apps today.

Using them is pretty easy and the steps involved are also similar, all that you need to do is read our description on the three apps as given below, and download them using the links that are also given below.

  1. Awesome Pop-up Video - A free app that is available on Google Play store, it allows you to open any YouTube video and play it on the background while you keep working on anything else. Here are the steps involved.
  2. Step 1: Download the app by clicking here.

    How to play YouTube in background on PC or Android

    Step 2: Select the YouTube video you want to play.

    How to play YouTube in background on PC or Android

    Step 3: Easy, minimize the app and you do whatever you want to on your Android device, while the video keeps playing in the background..

    How to play YouTube in background on PC or Android

  3. uListen - The uListen app is simple to use and has basic features in place. It lets you search for the different YouTube videos and playlists on play them as well with a simple click of a button. You can download it from here.
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  5. SuperTube - It is one of the most widely used apps, and is more like the clone of the official YouTube app. It lets you watch or listen to the YouTube videos in the background. To download it on your Android device, click here.
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Part 3: Play YouTube in the background on PC without subscribing to YouTube Red

It would be so awesome if you are able to play your favorite YouTube videos in the background on your PC as well, it will give you the freedom to multitask, while you are watching the video or listening to any music on YouTube.

Well, that's just what we are going to do today. We will be using an application called Irwin for achieving this seemingly impossible task. Irwin is a freeware, and it allows you to play all your favorite YouTube videos as the desktop background.

With Irwin, you can avoid opening a browser to watch the YouTube videos and directly play them as your desktop background. It even allows you to create a playlist, letting you continuously play the videos. The best part is that it doesn't require any installation.

Just download and then extract the file content, before running the app using Irwin.exe. You can then paste the link of the YouTube video, as shown in the image below, and hit play. You can download Irwin by clicking here.

How to play YouTube in background on PC or Android

Irwin also lets you hide the desktop icons, if you want to enjoy watching the video. If you just want to be able to listen to the music, you can keep working on other things while Irwin plays the video for you in the background.

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