How to Get Youtube Music Playing In Background: 2 Steps

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Are you stuck trying to keep YouTube Music from stopping when you lock your phone?

Welcome to the club! This is a feature billions of people have been requesting for nearly a decade. Spotify and Apple Music can do it, so why shouldn’t YouTube Music be able to?

That’s the million-dollar question…

Or at least it was until a couple of years ago. As of today, the feature has been available for some time, and many of the platform’s subscribers have come to love it.

Today, I want to help you become one of them. All you need is to follow 2 simple steps:

  1. Get Premium
  2. Tweak your settings

Read on to discover the world of opportunities YouTube Music has to offer!

#1 Get Premium

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Value for money, is it enough?

First things first, let me address the elephant in the room.

I know how annoying it must be to hear that you’re going to have to get a paid subscription to enjoy this feature. But sadly, unless you live in Canada, which, as of early 2022 is the only country that has background playing enabled for free subscribers, you’ll have to get a Premium Subscription.

There are some additional things you can try to get this feature for free (which we’ll cover in the next point), but there’s no guarantee that they’ll work for everyone.

If you want no complications, your best bet will be the monthly subscription. Besides, think of all the great things you’ll get for your money, such as offline and background playback, as well as song downloads.

It doesn’t sound half bad, now does it?

#2 Tweak Your Settings

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Some light tweaking could save you a lot of money

This doesn’t work for everyone, but some people have reported that they managed to get YouTube Music to play uninterrupted in the background without paying for a subscription.

To try this, you’ll have to play around with a couple options on your apps and use the app version of Google Chrome after tweaking your settings a little.

Nothing major, don’t worry, just a little changes here and there.

Solution: This seems to only be an option for Android users, but as soon as we find an alternative for IOS devices, we’ll let you know!

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Go to “Settings” on your Android device

You should now be able to enjoy YouTube Music in the background uninterrupted. If the music suddenly stops, simply swipe down at the top of your screen to pull down your notifications and press play again.

All done!


Having to pay a monthly subscription for features that should be available for everyone can be very frustrating. Especially if it’s something as simple as being able to do other tasks while enjoying your favorite playlist.

Who knew streaming music would be so complicated?

YouTube Music’s Premium Membership might not be cheap, but you’ll get a lot of great features for your money. And who knows? The day when background playback becomes a free option might be closer than you think, so don’t lose hope!

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