How to play YouTube in the background

Google may want us to watch a certain way (perhaps to keep us focused on the precious ad space), but it’s not too difficult to circumvent this restriction, either through browser tricks or apps. Here’s how to get to in the background.

Free solution

The easiest and most cost effective solution is to use the FireFox or Chrome browser rather than the YouTube . This browser will allow you to continue to listen to the video of your choice with the screen off or while doing something else on your device.

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Make sure you request the desktop site, or your phone may automatically load the YouTube app. / © Tech News

If you find the YouTube app opening automatically when you try this, just go to the three-dot menu at the top right,  and check the “Request desktop site” box.

You can download FireFox below. If you want more features than this, read on.

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