Dual screen or multitasking mobiles
Some mobile phones, like the recently announced ZTE Axon M, offer dual screens. What this allows is that each one can run a different application at all times. Having YouTube in the background is as simple as open it on one screen and keep doing things on another. Something similar can be achieved with phones that support split screen, reserving a space for the video in exchange for losing space for what else you want to do.
A YouTube Red subscription
The second method that exists to have YouTube in the background is subscribe to their paid service: YouTube Red. Among some of the advantages it offers, which include some exclusive shows or saving videos offline, we find the possibility of playing videos in the background while using other applications. In this case, you would have to pay 10 euros per month, which could be an option to consider if it were available in Spain. YouTube Red has not officially arrived in our country, so this is an option for the future.
The best option to have YouTube in the background is to use Chrome
And if at the beginning we said that the YouTube experience changed between a computer and an Android mobile, we closed the circle by saying that, if what you are looking for is to have YouTube in the background, what you must do is the same as on your PC: use Chrome.
The steps are very simple. The first thing is to go to www.youtube.com from Chrome, as you can imagine. Once there, open the Chrome menu and check the “View as computer” box. The page will reload showing the desktop site. Then find a song you want to listen to and enter the video. Press play and hit the Home button. The music will stop, but you will see that in your notifications you have a menu to control the music. Hit play again and you have it.
With this simple method you can listen to YouTube in the background on your Android mobile. So as not to have to go looking for new songs, We recommend that you create a playlist with what you want to listen to, start listening to the first video, apply the method and just enjoy.