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MaddMarkk Level 1 Level 1

Anyone else find that when trying to play audio in the background From any browser it won't work such as when playing a YouTube video and them wanting to go on Facebook and have the audio playing in the background it just will not work, anyone know a fix for this?

iPhone 5, iOS 6.1
Reply by Melle123 on Jan 29, 2013 8:42 AM Helpful

More people have this bug.

No fix yet.

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  • Melle123 Level 3 Level 3

    More people have this bug.

    No fix yet.

  • EarKicker Level 1 Level 1

    Apple please fix this!!!!

  • solgae1784 Level 1 Level 1

    A workaround is available - once you initiate the playback from YouTube, hit Lock button, not the home button. Then bring up the lock screen's playback controls by hitting the Home button twice. Tap play and it should playback.


    One thing - if you let the playback complete, you won't be able to playback again. You must bring up the safari again and go thru the above process. I think we have this problem because the quicktime player will automaticaly exit after playing the entire YouTube clip, which was the case only when you have it active on the foreground pre 6.1. Now it seems like even in the background, it will close the player after letting it play till the end. To prevent that, just tap the rewind button at the lock screen playback controls before the clip finishes.

  • chattphotos Level 4 Level 4

    Solgae, that method only works in iOS 5...


    It's all with the Audio API, but use Grooveshark if you want to listen to music.

  • solgae1784 Level 1 Level 1

    I did it with iOS 6.1.

  • EarKicker Level 1 Level 1

    You are correct. It does work on lock screen. But this doesn't apply to the way I use it. Before the update, I would play something on safari from YouTube and play it in the background. Then exit out (while youtube is playing in background on safari) and use google chrome app to for web browsing. APPLE PLZ FIX THIS!!!!!

  • solgae1784 Level 1 Level 1

    You are right, which is why I said it's a workaround if all you need is to listen to music. But a better way would be to find an app that can handle this better. (cue from chattphotos response) So I got the Music Tube Free edition app and it works better for my purposes - I can make playlists and cache videos locally so I don't have to download them again. No need to work with the YouTube web app anymore - it seems like they're constantly trying to change their website to prevent this kind of thing.

  • EarKicker Level 1 Level 1

    I don't use YouTube for music. Does music tube only work for music? I like to listen to talk radio that they post up (no commercials). It was my way of multitasking on my iPhone 5. AAAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPLLLLLLEEEEEEE!!!!!!! Please fix this!!!!!!

  • solgae1784 Level 1 Level 1

    It works on pretty much any YouTube videos that has mobile enabled. Not just musics.

  • EarKicker Level 1 Level 1

    Awesome. I just tried it out, it works. Thanks Solgae.

  • dMoneyDizzle Level 1 Level 1

    Way to mess up a great feature Apple. Do you want people to use up their batteries quickly?  Can't play just the audio what the **** is that crap?!


    This is my first apple ios device (ipod touch) and I was all but sold on an iphone but if this is how your updates are going to be, taking AWAY features, then I may look to Android instead.

  • ؛؛AcE؛؛ Level 1 Level 1

    You can use Play Tube app :) u can open the video and go to the home screen and it will still play

  • itareu Level 1 Level 1

    The workaround is stupid:


    Play on safari, lock, double home button, play... THEN don't unlock via lock slider: get a message (email/imessage etc) sent to the device, and unlock from that slider, which should show up as a slideable notification. It'll take you directly to the app, and then you can click home twice (quickly after youre in the app, and sometimes you have to repeat the steps above a few times if it doesnt work) and activate background listening via the multitasking bar... and THEN click home.... and then it works......... ...... sometimes.

    .... Apple.


    It's extremely stupid and strenuous and you have to do this for every new background video... but it works :/

  • apple_guy7 Level 1 Level 1

    I have a solution to this problem. There is a youtube app called "Youplayer." It's free, download it. Then go into the app and play a youtube video. Exit out of the app, press the home button twice, swipe to the right, press the play button, and BOOM.

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