One of the most annoying restrictions on YouTube for Android is that it automatically pauses the video you're watching or listening to when you navigate to another screen or open another app on your device. But there is a way around this. Read on to find out how to play YouTube videos in the background for free.
The easiest way to play YouTube videos in the background is by purchasing a YouTube Red subscription. The added bonus of this option is that it also removes YouTube ads and includes a subscription to Google Play Music. A YouTube Red subscription costs US$9.99 per month, however. If you want a free solution, you should use the Awesome Pop-up Video app instead.
Awesome Pop-up Video doesn't play YouTube videos in the background, as such, rather it plays them in a small, movable pop-up window, which can be dragged to the side of the screen to achieve a similar effect.
Please note that although this app allows you to play videos in the background, it won't let you play them with the screen off. To find out how to do that, you'll need to follow our how to play YouTube videos with the screen off tutorial.