How to enable YouTube playback on Android ?

Discussion in 'Smart Phones and Devices' started by Zorachus, May 15, 2017.

  1. Zorachus

    Zorachus [H]ardness Supreme

    Messages:
    8,101
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2006
    Coming from an iPhone 7 Plus, I used the feature of YouTube playing in the background on a daily basis.

    On my new Android phone I start playing a news clip or song then tab out to my web browser or stop watch, or any other app, and the media goes off.

    How do I keep YouTube playing the background ?
     
  2. Tiberian

    Tiberian Finger Me

    Messages:
    4,107
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2012
  3. Zorachus

    Zorachus [H]ardness Supreme

    Messages:
    8,101
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2006
    Good find, thx. Well that sucks that the stock iPhone lets it be played in the background no problem, no Jailbreak. And new Android phones can't be rooted like the S8+ and G6, so
     
  4. CHANG3D

    CHANG3D [H]ardness Supreme

    Messages:
    4,312
    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2010
    I believe you have to be a subscriber to either YouTube Red or Play Music (the subscription comes included with each other as a perk) in order to get background playback on the stock YouTube app on the iPhone.

    YouTube Red is $12.99 ($9.99 for first time subscribers)
    Play Music individual is $9.99 ($7.99 at one point)
    Play Music family is $14.99

    I had my play music subscription cancelled some years ago, and YouTube Red cancelled last year, so if I want to be a subscriber to YouTube Red, it'll be cheaper for me to join play music individual. Or just pay $2 more for the play music family plan assuming my family wants it.
     
    The Lurker likes this.
  5. AltTabbins

    AltTabbins Pick your own.....you deserve it.

    Messages:
    16,578
    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2005

    It shouldn't unless you are subscribed to Youtube Red. Are you sure you aren't on a trial? If you are a google music subscriber or are on a trial of that, it comes with Red also.
     
  6. entropism

    entropism 2[H]4U

    Messages:
    3,357
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2004
    The G6 has root (On T-Mobile). Just no recovery yet.

    As for the S8, meh. I still haven't rooted my S7, and I honestly see no reason to anymore. AdGuard/AdHell eliminates 90% of the reason I rooted anyways.
     
  7. Zorachus

    Zorachus [H]ardness Supreme

    Messages:
    8,101
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2006
    On my iPhone 7 Plus, I was using some program called 'ProTube' on stock iOS, not jailbreak or anything;
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/protube-for-youtube/id931201696?mt=8

    I could start a video, and then move to do something else, and it would remain playing in the background until I manually closed it down. I get so used to it, and really liked it, now it's a shock not to have something like it on Android.
     
  8. entropism

    entropism 2[H]4U

    Messages:
    3,357
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2004
    Zor, open it in firefox on Android and it will play in the background. Personally, I couldn't stand this. If I'm out of the video I want it to stop playing.
     
  9. Commander Shepard

    Commander Shepard [H]ard|Gawd

    Messages:
    1,717
    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2016
    Zorachus likes this.
  10. Commander Shepard

    Commander Shepard [H]ard|Gawd

    Messages:
    1,717
    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2016
    On my 7 Plus, I go to YT in Firefox, play the video, close FF, then swipe up from the screen bottom to open the Control Center. Swipe Left and click the Play button to run YT in the background.
     
    Zorachus likes this.
  11. Commander Shepard

    Commander Shepard [H]ard|Gawd

    Messages:
    1,717
    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2016
    Z - What Android phone did you get?
     
  12. entropism

    entropism 2[H]4U

    Messages:
    3,357
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2004
  13. Commander Shepard

    Commander Shepard [H]ard|Gawd

    Messages:
    1,717
    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2016
    Still working on my 3T. Listening right now.

    If/when it finally stops working, I'll use the Chrome method.
     
  14. Commander Shepard

    Commander Shepard [H]ard|Gawd

    Messages:
    1,717
    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2016
    Mistral likes this.
  15. Mistral

    Mistral Limp Gawd

    Messages:
    194
    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2015
    Thanks!!

    FF YT had worked flawlessly (well most of the time, sometimes it bugged a bit to get going) on background for me until couple of weeks ago when it suddenly broke for some reason. But this fixed it!
     
    Commander Shepard likes this.