The native YouTube app on Android will terminate playing your video as soon as you minimize it. Unless you pay for YouTube red, of course. Sometimes, all we want is to listen to the audio and nothing more. Firefox on Android lets you do just that.
Google went all the way to ensure that you cannot play YouTube video on the background. If you use the Chrome browser, the video will still pause in minimize. Chrome on Android won’t even let you play a video on one tab while browsing on another.
Firefox Mobile does not have this limitation. YouTube videos played using Firefox will continue playing even when you minimize the browser. So you can continue to listen to your music video, while doing whatever it is that you want. You can navigate to other Firefox tabs and your video will still play.
The limitation certainly seems to be by design. Google also sometimes culls background players for YouTube from the play Store. Maybe this is so you purchase YouTube Red, which also comes with a Play Music subscription. But hey, Google, You don’t offer your service worldwide. Something Apple nearly achieves.
There are also a few other apps that kind of let you play YouTube videos in the background. But in most cases, they display a pop up window. This allows you to work on other apps, but still the overlay is annoying. It takes away some precious screen real estate.
Now that you know, you can’t unknow! You don’t need youtube red just to play music videos in the background.