I have no idea what Brendan Benson’s entire “Lapalco” album is doing on YouTube, but I do know I love listening to it.
Just one problem: If I exit the YouTube app, the music stops. That’s a bummer if I want to do something else while listening to a favorite band or playlist.
Luckily, you have a couple easy options depending on your phone and, in some cases, how much you’re willing to spend. Here’s how to keep a YouTube video playing in the background.
Option 1: Workarounds for iPhone and Android
As noted by The Verge, there are workarounds for both iPhone and Android that let you play music in the background. On Android all you need to do is access YouTube in your browser.
On iPhone or iPad, you’ll need Dolphin, a third-party browser for iOS. We tested both methods and they worked just as described.
Option 2: Get YouTube Red
If you have asubscription ($9.99 per month), you can use the YouTube app in the background for this very purpose, since it’s one of the benefits of the subscription. YouTube Red also gets you the YouTube Music app, which acts more like a streaming service, such as Spotify. Here’s .