As in the iOS 6, we can easily play YouTube videos in background by using both YouTube app and Safari. Then, Apple completely got rid of this stock YouTube app. But as Google released its own YouTube app but sad to say, that also did not support the background playback for YouTube videos. But guys here we have a guide for you to play YouTube videos in background with Safari on iOS 7.
But still you can play the YouTube videos in background via Safari in iOS 6 and as well as iOS 7. And that is really good simply because even if you have upgraded your device to new iOS 7, but even then you can play the YouTube videos in background. The only real catch is that you’ve to use Safari.
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Here is how to play the YouTube videos in background with Safari on iOS 7 [iPhone & iPad only]:
- Open Safari
- Go to http://youtube.com/ and play a video of your choice
- Now, press the home button to close Safari. The playback should stop.
- Bring up the Control Center by swiping from the bottom.
- Tap on the ‘Play’ button in the media sheet. The video should start playing (in the background, of course). You will also see that the playback shows the title of the video that is currently playing.
- The playback can be controlled – through Control Center – and if you force-close Safari from the multi-task switcher, the playback will stop.
In the iOS 6, you need to open the multi-task toggle option and then swipe to right to open up the media control. But in iOS 7, thanks a lot to the Control Center, it is much easier to get into and control such playback.
Some people report that any specific app that uses the Apple’s Quicktime API will have the ability to play in background the same as Safari does but we have not got the opportunity to check it. After all we all know, that the official YouTube app isn’t supported so when we play the video in YouTube app, it cannot be played in background.