How to keep YouTube playing on Galaxy S7

YouTube is perhaps the most popular video streaming website in the world. Just about any video about anything can be found on Google. Note that audio files are part of the YouTube content.

The presence of non-visual content implies that you do not always need to watch the video to enjoy the content. However, the YouTube app requires to be displayed onscreen whenever you are playing anything from it.

This means that you would be unable to do anything with your device whilst the app is playing. Just existing the app would result in the video pausing or even stopping. Fortunately for you, there ways you can work around this problems on your Galaxy S7.

YouTube Red subscription

This is a service that provides special features for the YouTube app. They include ad-free browsing, offline and most importantly background access to content. You will subscribe for the service by paying $9.99 per month.

To use the service, the first step is to complete the subscription process. Once you have done that, head over to settings, which is represented by three buttons. The only action you perform is ensuring that playback remains on. That’s it!

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Use of a web browser

You can always watch YouTube videos on your Galaxy S7 phone via any web browser. If you device does not have a browser, preferably Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you can always download and install it.

Once you have done that, head to the YouTube website while still within your browser. At the top right of the page, you will see three dots, which represent the settings button. Tap on this button and check “Request desktop site”.

All you will now need to do is hit on your chosen YouTube video to play it. With your new configuration, even if you lock your phone, the video will continue playing.

Use of the NewPipe app

This is a useful app which allows for YouTube videos to play in the background. However, you cannot find it in the Google Playstore. You would only find it in the app store called F-Droid. This store contains several open source apps as well as ensures that the apps installed are automatically updated regularly.

You would first need to install the F-Droid store on your phone. For this to be possible, your phone should allow for the installation of apps from unknown sources. If it does not, you can always configure your device’s security settings.

Once you have enabled this setting, head over to the F-Droid website through your Galaxy’s browser and download the F-Droid app. usually, the installation starts once the download is done. If it does not, you can start it manually by tapping on the “Download Complete” notification.

Launching the NewPipe App

You can start the app right after installation. The first act you should perform is downloading the available apps from the server for the store. After that, you can search for the NewPipe app from the search bar.

From the search result, tap on the “install” button to install the NewPipe app. hit on “Run” to start up the app. In the search bar, which will now be red, you can type the name of song or artist of interest to search.

If you want the video to play even when the screen is off, head over to the three dots (Settings) and then select “Switch to background”. Your video will continue playing even when the screen is locked.

Use of YouTube premium

This is a subscription service which is an upgrade from the red subscription.

It still contains the special features as from the Red subscription including an ad-free browsing experience, offline browsing and access to exclusive videos and most crucial for our case, allows YouTube videos to continue playing even when the phone’s screen is locked.

This subscription service would cost you between $12 and $18 a month depending on the package.

Awesome pop-up video app

This app works through offering portals to YouTube videos via a pop-up window. To use the app, you will first need to download it from the Google Playstore. Once you have downloaded it, install it. Ensure you approve all the permissions which will be requested during set up.

Finally, you should open the app. You will know the app is open when you will be greeted with a message requesting you to enable the app draw over other apps.

Head over to settings and hit on the toggle to grant this permission. This would give the pop-up screen priority over other things which may be happening on the screen.

Putting the app to use 

Go back to the app and you will find a list of videos displayed. Tap on your video of choice to play it. Alternatively, the magnifying glass icon at the top right can come in handy for this purpose.

Your video will appear in a pop-up window over the app. Note that you can still interact with this window. You can enlarge, move or close it by tapping on it.

You should also be aware that your phone’s home, back and menu buttons will only apply to the window behind it.

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Use of MX player

Go to the Google Playstore and download this MX player and then install it. Once you have done this, a list of videos will be displayed on the screen. Tap on your preferred video to play it.

You should then hit the menu button and select play. Ensure that you activate the “Background Play” setting. You can now listen to your YouTube video on lockscreen.

Alternatively, you can enable Background Play by tapping and holding the play button, instead of just tapping it once to play it.


You are likely to get different results if you employ the means we have mentioned above, to activate background play. Some may work immediately on your Galaxy S7 while others may take several attempts or even refuse.

So, we strongly advise you to stick with the method that gives you instant results. 

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