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How to keep Youtube audio playing in the background on an Iphone

Updated on February 26, 2013

So if you are like me you use Youtube a lot! usually for music, listening to stand up specials, or even those songs that you just can't find on iTunes. Sooner or later you have wondered, How to keep Youtube audio playing in the background on my iphone? Here's your answer! Here you will find out how to keep Youtube playing in the background and also how to keep it playing while multitasking. All without jailbreaking or downloading some app. Knowing this trick can save you battery life, while having the freedom to entertain yourself.

IMPORTANT: If you are here looking for how to keep youtube playing on an iPhone with iOS 6 or higher apply the same steps indicated in this lens, you will just have to download Jasmine - a YouTube client separately and use that instead of YouTube.

Note: This tip also work on iPads and iPods

So How Do I Do It?!

Okay here is the secret and it's very simple. You don't need to go in and make some major change in the settings of your iPhone 4s. Neither do you have to buy an app, nor do you have to spend time doing something ridiculous for such a tiny thing. Okay now here's what you need to do

  1. Open Youtube/ Jasmine
  2. Find a video to play
  3. Hit play and don't worry about it completely loading, make sure you hit play or this won't work.
  4. Now lock your phone
  5. Once your phone is locked, hit the home button twice
  6. Now you will see a play button on your screen,.
  7. Hit play
  8. Now Youtube will play in the background even while your phone is locked

Steps 5 & 6 - After playing the youtube video, lock your phone and hit the home button twice. A play button will pop up on your locked screen, hit the play

Steps 7 & 8

How to multitask and keep youtube playing?

Okay so now you know how to keep youtube playing while your iphone is locked however now you are taking a dump, playing angry birds, but the funny noises the birds make has gotten boring, and it's time to crank some Journey on youtube.

Now follow these steps to keep playing youtube while running other apps on your iPhone.

  1. Open Youtube/ Jasmine
  2. Find your favorite Journey song
  3. Hit play
  4. Hit the home button
  5. Once you are home and youtube has stopped, hit the home button twice
  6. Now you have all your recently accessed apps at the bottom of your screen, slide your finger from left to right on the apps at the bottom.
  7. You will see a Play button, hit Play
  8. Press the home button and continue with what you need to do.

Steps 5 & 6 - Hit your home button twice, this is what you will see, just swipe from left to right and you will see a play button.

Step 7 & 8 - There's your play button, just hit play then hit home again and go ahead multitasking!

Tips & Tricks

1. When multitasking or playing Youtube audio in the background while your phone is locked, to restart the song all you have to do is hit the previous/rewind button, and it will automatically start again.

2. Just remember that Youtube plays the same way whether your phone is locked or while you multitask.

3. A good way to keep music playing from Youtube is to create an account with Youtube and create a play list, this way you can skip songs back and forth from your play list to play what ever song you choose, there is a glitch in this however and that is Youtube won't automatically play the next video in the list, so before a song ends, just hit next and you are good to go.

4. This works for iPods and iPad also

Note: You can't play youtube on an iphone in the background with iOS6 or higher without Jasmine, a free app that allows you to play youtube in the background. I have talked about this on the comments section so do go check it out.

UPDATE: Jasmine is now available in the U.S so all you have to do is download the app and work it the same way I have showed in this lens and you will be able to play youtube in the background on an iPhone.

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Thank you and enjoy!


A YouTube client

If you have updated your iPhone, iPad For iPod to iOS 6 or higher (Which majority of you have probably by now), then in order to play YouTube in the background on your device you will need to download an app called Jasmine.

Google Jasmine app and it should be the first link on the page. Sign in and follow the instructions give on this lens and it should work the exact same way.

Any questions or comments? Please post here!

Thanks for reading! Hope this helped!

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    • profile image 2 years ago

      I have an Ipad 2 and the latest update of OS 8.1.2 Not only does this not work, but now every time I play a Youtube song from my Playlist, it goes back to the Main screen....How can I make my Jasmine play either continuous or shuffle in my Playlist...don't care whether I can multi task...just want to listen to it like I use to.

      Thanks for your Help

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      my2165 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey, unfortunately Jasmine doesn't allow you to multiâtask and also play youtube videos in the background, the only time Jasmine works in the background is when the phone is locked.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi I have I phone 5. I had to download jasmine. It works when I lock but not in the background of other apps. Please help

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      my2165 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey buddy, I tried accessing Jasmine several different ways to work it while multi-tasking but it doesn't work for some reason, I guess that's the downfall of this app, however at least you can still play youtube while the phone is locked. I'll continue looking for another alternative, when I find something I'll update this lens and let you know, thanks for reading

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Boss it worked fine when you lock iPhone 4 but when it would not work in the background

      Any help please


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      justramblin 5 years ago

      Didn't know you could create a song list on Youtube. Good to know. Thanks.

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      my2165 5 years ago

      @anonymous: That's great! Glad to help, make sure to like the lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @my2165: I live in the UK, and the Jasmine app does work! Thanks for the help. It works in the way you explained before.

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      my2165 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey, so I did some research, I couldn't find anything apart from downloading the app called 'Jasmine', however it's not available in the U.S App Store so I can't really vouch for it and say it works, If you living in another country, then do download it and let me know how it works out for you.

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      my2165 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I still have my iPhone 4S so I'm not sure how things are on the iphone 5, the iOS6 doesn't have a built in YouTube app, you have to download a separate one from the AppStore and it doesn't work the same way, however do check back tomorrow, I'll post an update if there is a way around it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This doesn't work on iPhone 5 anymore :(