Those of you who have rooted your Android device can get the YouTube videos to play in the background using an Xposed module; however, the non-rooted users have been in the dark. Not anymore. If you have planned to not customize your Android device beyond what your manufacturer allows and would like to remain unrooted but still like to have the capability of playing YouTube videos in the background, you now have a way to do so.
Enter FireTube, an Android app that allows you to keep YouTube videos playing in the background while you are busy with other apps on your device. So that means you should be able to listen to your favourite tracks available on YouTube while you scroll through the Facebook posts on your device.
Here’s how you can use the app on your non-rooted Android device.
Playing YouTube Videos in the Background on a Non-Rooted Android Device
Unfortunately, the FireTube app is not available on the official Google Play store. However, it does exist on the Amazon App Store for Android devices.
1. Head over to the Amazon Underground app website and download and install the Underground app.
2. Enable the Unknown sources option on your device so that it allows you to install apps from outside the Google Play store.
3. Tap on the downloaded APK file to install the app on your device. After the app is installed launch it from your app drawer.
4. When the Underground app launches, search for and tap on FireTube. When the app page loads, tap the button that says “FREE” to download the app for free.
Note: if you do not see any apps to download in the Amazon Underground app, change your country to the United States and that should solve the problem.
5. You should now see the “Get App” button. Tap on it to begin the app download.
6. Once the app has been downloaded, you will need to install it just like you would any other APK on your device.
7. Launch the app once it has been installed on your device.
8. Now, search for your favourite videos in the app as you would do on YouTube, tap on the one you like, and it will start playing it for you.
Now even though you change the app and move to another, you should still be able to listen to the YouTube video that you just played above. It will not stop until you go into the app and stop it manually.
While many users root their devices in order to gain access to extra features, some users just wish to remain unrooted, and that should not prevent them from having capabilities such as playing YouTube in the background. The above guide should help you play YouTube videos in the background even though you are not rooted.