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Best Android Apps to Play YouTube Videos in Background

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Actually YouTube app in mobile devices allows to play videos in the background but you need to buy a premium membership. But here are some amazing Android apps that can play YouTube video in the background and also provides downloading feature. Isn’t it amazing?

I am listing 3 Android apps to play YouTube videos in background which is better than any other app out there. I personally hate apps that display unwanted videos and promotions which they are not meant to do. I mean apps like ShareIt. These apps are bloat-free, spam-free and do not promote users to download and view unwanted apps and videos. I have tried all the apps below which was suggested in Reddit and are awesome.

YouTube Vanced

It was originally called iYTBP meaning injected YouTube Background Playback but now it is renamed as YouTube Vanced. It is modded YouTube app with features like background & picture-in-picture playback. App also has the ability to block YouTube ads and allow you to watch videos at max resolution irrespective to your device screen resolution. It also has swipe controls for changing volume and brightness, and Sponsor Block to skip annoying sponsor segments.

Installing YouTube Vanced is not straight forward so they developed Vanced Manager from where required apps can be installed. To install YouTube Vanced you first need to install Vanced Manger. Vanced Manager gives you two options for installation; first without root and second with using root.

The difference between root and without root method is that using the root method the default YouTube app is replaced by YouTube Vanced. In the non-root method, YouTube Vanced is installed as a separate app and you need to install one extra app called MicroG for Vanced. MicroG for Vanced allows you to login to YouTube Vanced without it you can’t do so in non-root method.

So if you are non-root user make sure to install MicroG before installing Youtube Vanced from Vanced Manager or it will give error while installing to do so.


It is an opensource app that can stream & even download music or videos from YouTube, SoundCloud, MediaCC and FramaTube. It is a very lightweight app with features like background playback and picture-in-picture player. Plus benefit than YouTube Vanced is you can download videos or music from YouTube with a single click.


This is another client for YouTube with the ability to only stream music from YouTube videos saving 90% of your internet data. Yes, you don’t need to worry about consumed data if you want to only listen to music. It doesn’t mean this app can’t stream videos. If you like you can also enable video and watch. Another benefit from YMusic is, it has a built-in music player to play offline music available in your device. So all streaming, downloading and music player in a single app which is cool. One uncool thing is, this app shows ads. By the way, hosting app costs developers and advert help them to continue their hard work. You can also buy ad free version if you want to.

Without any app using little trick

Do you know YouTube videos can be played in the background in PC browser? We can use it in a mobile browser too. Mobile browsers also have desktop view option which can be used to view desktop version of the site. So open YouTube from the browser and turn on desktop view using desktop site toggle button, then it will show you the desktop version of YouTube. Now you can minimize the browser and keep listening to music.

This trick may not work in Chrome. I have only tested in FireFox.

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  1. Sapna


  2. Anonymous

    Which rom?

    1. Sangam

      Works with any ROM.

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