How to Enable Background Playback in YouTube for Android

Not only is YouTube full of videos that you can enjoy watching in your spare time on your devices, it has got some really great music tracks as well. When you are working or chatting with your friends, you can listen to these music tracks and keep your ears busy.

One of the issues doing so is that the video, along with audio, stops playing as soon as you move away from the YouTube app on your Android device. For instance, if you are playing a video in YouTube on your Android device and you move to, say an email app, the video will stop playing. So how can you keep the video playing when you move off from the YouTube app? Well, there’s a way to do that.

An Xposed module called YouTube Background Playback allows you to keep your videos playing even when you are out of the official YouTube app. You don’t need to keep the app open to continue listening to music or a video that you were watching on YouTube. Here’s how you can go about installing the aforementioned module on your Android device.

Note: Your device must be rooted before you can do the following tutorial. Also, install Xposed on your device at your own risk.

First of all, you need to install Xposed Framework on your device and then you can install the aforementioned module. Here’s how:

Installing the Xposed Framework

1. Download and install the Xposed Installer app on your device.

2. Launch the app from the app drawer on your device.

3. On the first screen of the app, you should see an option that says “Framework.” Tap on it and it will let you install the framework on your device.

Xposed Installer for Android.

4. You will see a warning message before you install the framework. Tap on “OK” and it will let you go ahead.

You will see a warning message before you install the framework.

5. Here is where you can install and uninstall the Xposed Framework on your device. Tap on the button¬†that says “Install/Update” and it should let you install the framework.

Tap on the button that says 'Install/Update.'

6. When it has done installing the framework, you should see a message that says it will reboot your device. Tap on “OK” and your device will reboot.

Tap on the button that says 'Install/Update.

You are done.

Xposed is now installed on your device and you can start using it as soon as your device reboots.

As Xposed is now available on your device, let’s see how you can get the aforementioned module installed on your device:

Enabling Background Playback in YouTube

1. Launch Xposed Installer from your app drawer.

2. Tap on the option that says “Download” as that is where you can download new modules for your device.

You can download new modules for your device.

3. Tap on the search icon in the top-right corner; search for and tap on “YouTube Background Playback.”

Search for and tap on 'YouTube Background Playback.'

4. It should launch the description for the module. Tap on the “Versions” tab followed by “Download.” The module should begin downloading.

The module should begin downloading.

5. When it is done downloading, you should be prompted to install it. Just go through the installation steps and you will be all set. It’s the standard app installation wizard and nothing like rocket-science.

Go through the installation steps.

6. You must first enable the module before you can use it. To do that, head back to the main menu of Xposed Installer and tap on “Modules.” Then, checkmark the box next to the module you installed in the above steps and it will be enabled.

You must first enable the module before you can use it.

7. Reboot your device for the changes to take effect.

You are all set.

You can now listen to your favorite music tracks in the YouTube app for Android without keeping the app open. It just works regardless of what app you are currently using.


With the availability of thousands of music tracks on YouTube, you should not miss the chance to listen to them all while you work with other apps on your device. The above solution should help you keep the music going while you are sending out emails or uploading pictures on Facebook.


Mahesh Makvana
Mahesh Makvana

Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who's written thousands of posts about various tech topics on various sites. He specializes in writing about Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android tech posts. He's been into the field for last eight years and hasn't spent a single day without tinkering around his devices.

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