How to play YouTube videos in the Background without buying YouTube Premium

YouTube is one of the biggest video streaming platforms out there and millions of people use it every day to enjoy videos and music from their favorite content creators. While the videos on YouTube are available free of cost for everyone, users have to pay for YouTube Premium if they want features like Background Play along with a complete Ad-free experience. However, if you are using an Android Phone there’s a simple trick that allows you to play your videos in the background without actually paying for YouTube Premium. Hence, in this guide, we are going to show you How to play YouTube videos in the Background without buying YouTube Premium. Without waiting further, let’s get started.

How to play YouTube videos in the Background without buying YouTube Premium

Step 1: Open Google Chrome on your Android Smartphone and search for the official YouTube website. You can also visit it directly by clicking here.

Step 2: Sign in with your Google Account to get personalized recommendations along with your saved playlists and subscribed channels.

Step 3: Tap on your Profile and select “Desktop” to bring up the desktop version of YouTube in Google Chrome. In some Android smartphones, you may notice the YouTube App popping up when you switch to desktop mode however refreshing the page and closing the YouTube App solves the problem.

If you don’t want to do this, you can also tap on the three dots in the top right corner and check the “Desktop site” box to bring up the YouTube desktop version.

Step 4: Zoom in on the desktop site for YouTube and search for the video you want to play.

Step 5: Play the YouTube video and minimize Google Chrome. Doing this will stop the playback but you’ll get the playback controls in your Notification section. Hit the play button and YouTube will continue playing your videos in the background.

Have a look at the Screenshots below to see how it’s done.

Searching the video on the Desktop Version
Playing it in the Background

That’s all, folks! Doing this will allow you to play your YouTube videos in the background if you are using an Android Smartphone.  If you liked this guide then don’t forget to share it using the Social Media buttons.