How to play YouTube videos in the background for free?

  • Playing videos in the background is a YouTube Premium privilege
  • However, there is a simple trick to bypass the restriction

Most of us have probably experienced a situation where we watched a video on YouTube, but after locking the phone (unless you pay for YouTube Premium) it has been suspended. You might be thinking that the solution is simple – just don’t lock your phone while playing a video. Sure, that makes sense. But what if you’re just walking around and you have your phone in your pocket, or you’re falling asleep and you don’t want to be disturbed by a lit display? Or you just want to turn off the display because you’re low on juice. Fortunately, there is one for these situations primitive trick. So today we will show you how to play YouTube videos in the background without a Premium account. Everything is a matter of a few taps.

Even before we talk about how to do it, it is necessary to mention that if you use YouTube really often, it’s at least worth considering a YouTube Premium subscription. Not only will you be able to play videos in the background, but you won’t be interrupted by any ads (of which there have been quite a few lately) and you’ll also get YouTube Music, so in theory you can ditch another streaming platform like Spotify or Apple Music.


But if you don’t spend that much time on YouTube and want to play a video in the background every now and then, there is a handy trick for that. We tested it on a Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra with Chrome browser, but it should work on any smartphone (i.e. iPhone) and any browser. Let’s show it off.

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How to play YouTube videos in the background?

  1. Open your browser and go to Then select the video you want to watch
  2. Click on the three dots icon in the upper right corner (for Chrome) and check the option “Computer Sites”
  3. It’s possible that YouTube will redirect you to the app, ignore it and open your web browser again
  4. Now play the video and lock your phone
  5. On the lock screen, tap the play button
  6. And you’re done! Now you can play background videos for free

In some cases, the queue starts playing after the video ends, but it doesn’t work in all cases. Anyway, if you’re playing a longer video, like a podcast, it probably doesn’t bother you at all. To play another video, just go to the browser and choose a different one.

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