If you want to listen to YouTube audio on your phone while multitasking with other apps or after you’ve locked your screen, ditch the YouTube app and give your earbud’s play button a press.
Usually when you go to the home screen or switch apps on iOS, YouTube’s audio will stop streaming automatically. In this video from Tech Insider, Matthew Stuart shows you a simple way to listen to a song or lecture on YouTube in the background while multitasking or even locking your iPhone or iPad. Here’s how:
Open the YouTube video in Safari, not the YouTube app and start playing it.
Press the home button to return to your home screen. The video and audio will stop.
Now press the play button on your earbuds. The audio will start playing again in the background and you can use other apps or lock the screen without interrupting the it.
The only caveats are that you have to listen with your earbuds, and the audio will stop once the video is over. We’ve explained how to do something similar before with the double-tap method, but this method is a lot easier if you don’t mind listening with headphones.