How Do I Play YouTube Music In Background Without Premium?

4 Solutions To Play YouTube Music In Background Without Premium

Here Learn How To Listen YouTube Music In The Background Without Upgrading/Premium On Android!

YouTube Music is a music streaming service that allows users to listen songs and music videos based on playlists, genres, and recommendations.

There are some Android users who want to play mp3, story, etc. in background without upgrading as YouTube Music doesn’t allow you to play music in the background without a premium plan. But, there are some ways that you can use to play YouTube Music in background without premium subscription.

So, let us directly go to the solutions to play YouTube Music in background without premium.

Note: All the solutions which I am going to mention below will be applicable for all Android phone brands including Samsung, LG, OnePlus, Vivo, Realme, Oppo, Huawei, Google Pixel, Xiaomi, Asus and so on.

Video Guide: YouTube Music Background Play Without Premium

Solution 1: Use Stream App

Stream app is a free music player. This app doesn’t let you play songs in background but you can open it in the pop-up view and for this pop-up view must be enabled. The only drawback of this app is that you cannot play songs when your phone’s screen is off due to YouTube’s terms of use.

All you have to do is that play a song in the pop-up view and continue using the phone.

Now, follow the below steps to use Stream app for the same.

Step 1: Run Google Play Store app on your Android device and download and install Stream app. Then open the app, it will ask you for permissions to “draw over other apps”. Hit on Open Settings option.

Stream App An Alternative App To Play YouTube Music In Background

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Step 2: Scroll down and select Stream app and enable Allow display over other apps option.

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Step 3: After this, go back to the Stream app and then start playing a music. This music will start playing in pop-up view directly even if you have open other app.

Play Youtube Music Via Stream App Without Premium

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Now, you can go back to the home screen and do other things with continue playing song in pop-up view.

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Solution 2: Try YouTube Music Website

You can open YouTube Music in browser and use it as a desktop site and play music in background. For this, you don’t need to keep your phone’s screen turned on. You can easily use playlist and its other features.

Here, learn the simple steps to use it in the browser to play Youtube Music songs in background without premium subscription.

Step 1: Launch any browser on your phone and visit Then tap on 3 dots at the top right corner of the screen and tap on Desktop site (this will make a check mark beside Desktop site option) to run that website in desktop view.

Play YouTube Music In Backround Via YouTube Music Website

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Step 2: Now, you can play music and if you want, then you can go back to your phone’s home screen and use other app.

Play YouTube Music In Backround Through YouTube Music Website

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Note: For this method, you need to use the desktop site on your smartphone which is not a good experience.

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Solution 3: Use Black Screen Of Life

Black Screen of Life app uses phone’s proximity sensor to turn the phone’s screen black. This app doesn’t have a good rating. However, after activating this app you need to play music directly on YouTube Music app and block the proximity sensor through an object.

So, in this way, you can use this app to listen songs by turning off your phone’s screen.

Here, learn the same to do the same.

Step 1: Download and install Black Screen of Life app on your phone from Google Play Store. Run the app and hit on purple circular button.

Apps that let you play Youtube music in the background for free

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Step 2: When the circle turns green then it indicates that the sensor is enabled. Now, you can launch YouTube Music and play any music.

YouTube music background play app Black Screen of Life

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Step 3: You can turn off the phone’s display by blocking the proximity sensor at the top of your phone’s screen.

Note: This app will not play music in background, but you can turn off your smartphone while playing songs from YouTube Music (app should be opened).

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Solution 4: Use Pi Music Player (Alternative Solution)

Pi Music Play let you play music when the screen of your phone is turned off. You don’t need to turn off the phone’s screen but it enables the power saving mode which uses the black screen and reduces the brightness to very low that looks like always-on display. Due to this, you can use pop-up view to use your mobile while listening song and power saver mode to play music when your phone screen is off. But you can’t access the YouTube playlists and you can’t only listen audio mp3 songs.

Now, follow the below steps to learn how to use Pi Music Player app to play songs.

Step 1: On your Android phone open the Google Play Store app and from there download and install Pi Music Player app and open it. Then allow all necessary permissions.

Pi Music Player Alternative App To Play YouTube Music Songs In Background Without Subscription

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Step 2: In this app, you can search all songs available in your local storage because Pi Music Player is just like normal music player application at its core.

Play YouTube Music Songs In Background Without Subscription Via Pi Music Player

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Step 3: Swipe left to Discover tab and you can get songs that you can play online and it is powered by YouTube Music. Now, you can play desired songs and Pi Music Player app will ask for permissions to “draw over other apps”. Hit on Proceed.

YouTube background play without premium via Pi Music Player

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Step 4: Now choose the Pi Music Player app from the list and toggle on Allow display over other apps.

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Step 5: When you turn off your phone’s screen then the song will get stop by showing a pop-up message to use Power Saving mode. You can turn on the screen again and hit on Resume option on pop-up message.

YouTube background without premium using Pi Music Player

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Step 6: Now, power-saving mode will be enabled with a black screen and low brightness and with option “Slide to Exit Power Saver”.

How to play YouTube music in background without subscription on Android

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YouTube Music Related Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

Question 1 – Can YouTube Music Play In The Background?

Answer 1 – Yes, you can play YouTube Music in the background, but for that, you need to take premium subscription.

Question 2 – How To Download Music To Play/Listen It Offline?

Answer 2 – If you have taken premium subscription of YouTube Music then you can easily download songs and videos on your phone to play it offline. But you need to reconnect to the internet after 30 days to maintain your downloads.

There are 2 different methods to download music to play it offline:

#Method 1: You can select particular songs, playlists, or albums to download.

#Method 2: Enable Smart Downloads

The app will automatically download music according to your listening history. You don’t need to do anything.

Question 3 – How Do I Choose Between Song And Video Mode On YouTube Music App?

Answer 3 – When you take YouTube Music premium membership then you can select whether to listen to audio mp3 songs or to play video songs.

Here, follow the steps to choose song and video mode.

Step 1: Launch YouTube Music app on your phone and then open a song that you wish to listen.

Step 2: You will get the option to choose Video or Song mode at the top of the screen.

Step 3: Hit on Video to turn on video mode and hit on Song to listen audio songs.

Step 4: If you wish to stop playing videos and move to listen only audio songs then hit on Song.

Note: You can’t view the video option if a music video is not available.

Question 4 – How To Turn On Song-Only Mode On YouTube Music On Android?

Answer 4 – To turn on song-only mode on YouTube Music, you need to follow the below steps:

Step 1: Run the app on your phone and ensure you have upgraded to Premium.

Step 2: Choose your profile photo and then go to Settings.

Step 3: Now enable “Don’t play music videos”.

Note: You can also play full albums whether some songs are available in YouTube videos or not.

Wrap Up

So, in this guide, you have learned how to play YouTube Music in background without premium on Android. But all the solutions which I have mentioned above have their own conditions which you need to fulfill.

I would suggest you to use other music apps to play music in background. But if you want to listen YouTube Music songs in background without facing any problems then you should take a premium subscription.

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