Have you tired just listening to the videos while turning off your device’s screen? You haven’t because you can’t. YouTube automatically pauses whatever you are watching as soon as the screen turns off. These is no default setting to prevent this. However, there are a few workarounds you can try. Here’s how to play YouTube videos with the screen turned off.
How to play YouTube videos with the screen turned off
Method 1: Mozilla Firefox
This trick involves using the Mozilla Firefox web browser and should work on all devices. Download Firefox from the Google Play Store and then open it. Go to YouTube from within the browser. Now, tap on the settings located at the top right corner of the page and check request desktop site. After you complete the steps, you can now turn off the screen while a video is playing and it will continue playing.
Method 2: Xperia Small Apps
This trick is only for Sony Xperia users. This trick utilizes the Xperia’s Small Apps. First, download Media Viewer Small App from the Google Play Store. Now, access the Small Apps by tapping on the recent apps button. Next, tap on the upward arrow button located at the bottom left corner. Tap on the Web Videos app and it will open up on a new window, which will allow you to search for videos and play them even if you turn off the screen.
Method 3: Music Key subscription
YouTube’s Music Key provides offline and background access to the content. You can get all the features and use YouTube ads free from USD 9.99 per month. Once you subscribe to the Music Key, go to YouTube’s Settings > Background & Offline > set Playback to Always on and that’s it.
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