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How to Play YouTube With Phone Locked

Posted by Max Moeller on February 28, 2019

YouTube is one of if not the most popular social media websites in the world. Founded on February 14th, 2005 in San Mateo, California, the platform quickly grew in popularity thanks to its tools enabling anyone to express themselves to the world. And by everyone, I mean everyone can express themselves.

The point of the platform is for you to upload content that you find interesting and see if you can gather an audience. Topics on YouTube range from gaming to music to art and anything in between. The possibilities are endless on here. In fact, the platform has become so popular that Facebook is trying to create its own to compete with it.

However, with all of that content available to users, it makes sense that viewers would want to watch it without having to be on their phone all the time. Maybe they want to sleep with content on in the background, or possibly even want to walk around with their phone locked in their pocket.

Unfortunately, YouTube automatically shuts off if you lock your phone.
That said, there are ways around this. In this guide, we’re going to showcase how you can work your way around the phone lock system and ensure you can listen to YouTube videos regardless of if you’re on your phone or not.

How To Play YouTube With Phone Locked

There are a few different ways to play YouTube with your phone locked, regardless of your reasoning as to why. Maybe you want to save battery or just want to listen to music or an interview while you sleep. It doesn’t matter why – we’re going to help you do so.

Each of these tips depends on your mobile operating system, but don’t worry, we have tips for both.

Play Through Mozilla Firefox While on Android

This is a simple workaround. If you’re using an Android device, pull up a YouTube video within the Mozilla Firefox browser instead of via the YouTube application. If you do so, you can even lock your phone and the device will continue to play the audio anyways. That said, you cannot control playback while your phone is locked. This means you have to unlock it to skip through the video, pause it, play it, or do anything else.

Fortunately, Mozilla’s Firefox application is a free download that you can take advantage of whenever you’d like. It’s a great, sleek, light browser that is bliss to use.

Play Through Google Chrome Browser On Android

The Google Chrome Browser on Android workaround is similar to the Mozilla Firefox one. Simply pull up the Chrome Browser – which should come preloaded on your Android phone – and watch the video in question. If you lock your phone, the audio should continue playing. However, you can control the pause and play features via your lock screen thanks to Google’s integration – a nice, if not unintended touch.

To be fair, if you want to do this, you need to ensure Google Chrome is in Desktop Mode on your Android device. To do so, simply open your Google Chrome mobile browser, and head up to the three dots on the top right of the screen. Tap that and select “Request Desktop Site” from the resulting list of items. It will check a box, and the page will refresh into a larger, desktop-themed website. Do this if your video playback is still cutting out when using the Chrome Browser in mobile mode.

However, if you have the browser in desktop mode, you won’t be able to control the playback features via the lock screen which is unfortunate. But, it’s better than not being able to lock your screen at all.

Play Through Safari Browser On iOS

While the previous two tips have been for Android users, this one is for iOS devices. Simply use the Safari web-browser to pull up the desired video and play it from there. If you do so, the audio content should playback via your lock screen.

iOS users should also be able to use the Mozilla Firefox browser to accomplish the same feat. You should also be able to control playback with this browser as well.

There you have it! While none of these are official workarounds, these are all free ways to watch YouTube with your phone screen locked. That said, there is an “official” way to do so as well. You have to pay for YouTube’s premium feature, YouTube Red, to accomplish this. If you’re willing to do that, then you have an easy way to do so without leaving the application.

One thought on “How to Play YouTube With Phone Locked”

Mohammed Nabhani says:
Did not work on my pocophone f1 with Mozilla as you described. Guess I’ll still have to put desktop thing every time beforehand zzZZz
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