Nothing is more annoying than the YouTube app. It’s impossible to play videos in the background without a YouTube Red subscription. However, there are some tricks you can use to get past YouTube’s blocks. A Verge writer discovered you can use the Telegram messaging app to play YouTube videos in the background. But, he discovered some other tricks for people who want to use other apps while using YouTube.


For Android users: open up YouTube in the Chrome app. Click on the menu button—the button with three dots on the top-right—and check the “Request dekstop site” box. Open a video and accept any warnings that pop up saying YouTube will send notifications. Close out of the Chrome app, press play in the notification menu and voilà, videos now play in the background.

For iOS users: download the Dolphin web browser. Use Dolphin to open up a video, exit the browser, press play in the iOS menu and enjoy. This method does not require a notification agreement, making for ideal listening. Both methods let you use YouTube as an audio service, perfect for your favorite EDM live sets, albums and singles.

These methods circumvent you from being forced to subscribe to YouTube Red, saving you both time and money. YouTube previously stopped background video play in the Firefox app, so we hope these methods work for the foreseeable future.