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iOS YouTube App Doesn’t Support Background Video Playback in iOS 8

Last updated: October 4, 2014 at 0:29 am

In our how-to tutorial on playing YouTube videos in the background in iOS 8, we shared with you two working methods. In the first method you had to open the YouTube website in the Safari browser, and in the second method you had to use the official YouTube app for background playback.

The YouTube app method no longer works in iOS 8.

Here’s the problem: The video plays just fine as long as the app is open. After you close it, swipe the screen up (which brings up the Control Center), you will not be able to use those playback buttons (backward, pause, play, forward) to listen to YouTube videos anymore.

The Control Center trick that allows you to playback YouTube videos in the background no longer works in iOS 8 / 8.0.2 update.

Kris says:

“The Control Center method doesn’t work for me. The Play button either doesn’t change or flashes the Pause button briefly (1/4 sec.)”

Nathan says:

“Doesn’t work and the play button just flashes to pause and back to the play arrow.”

So what’s the solution? For now, if you are keen on using YouTube app, you will never be able to play video/audio in the background. The only temporary fix is to access YouTube website through Safari or Chrome browser, then use Control Center’s music buttons for playing videos in the background.

Of course, the mobile YouTube website doesn’t allow swiping like the app does, but you will have to live that. And, does that even matter as long as you can lock your iPhone or iPad screen and still enjoy listening to YouTube videos?

Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware
  • Tiffany

    Ok .my issue isn’t that I can’t play YouTube videos in the background,the actual videos app isn’t playing when I shut off the screen.I don’t really want to watch them but how would I be able to listen to them and in the background?

    • TishTash

      You can’t via the YouTube app, but you can via the through Safari

    • Jeff Rollins

      Just in case anyone finds this page in a search, the suggested method did not work for me with my iPhone OS ver 8.3 using Safari. I installed and tried it with Chrome and it worked.

      So. What I did: install the latest ver of Chrome. Navigate to youtube ( is fine) BUT an option appeared to use the youtube app, I clicked “No” or whatever, went to my playlist – but I’m sure any vid will be fine – started it, pushed the screen off button at the top (or whatever it’s called, I’m new to the Apple world), the audio stopped, but, I swiped up from the bottom, pressed the play button, and I was back in action. If this helps you, you’re welcome :)