We all love YouTube, and we all love the official YouTube app. But we must admit the Android app is kind of flawed and barebones at this point. For example, some of the people I follow on YouTube upload podcasts or other audio content exclusively on YouTube. In order to listen to them on my phone, I need to have the app open and in the foreground otherwise it simply will stop playing as soon as I leave it. It’s kind of annoying to keep up with YouTube on your phone this way, especially when you want to read your email or something else and simply enjoy the content playing on the background. Well, this week we’ll show you how to make background audio playing possible for YouTube on your Android device.
To do this, unfortunately, we will have to use an external app, and can’t simply use the official YouTube app. It sucks, I know, but the good news is that background audio is coming to the official YouTube app one of these days, we just don’t know when. Until that fateful day comes, we will be using the free app PVSTAR+ (a weird name, I know) to make this possible. PVSTAR+ is a video search app that aggregates results from various sites like YouTube, Vimeo or DailyMotion and lets you build playlists, share the video and, most importantly, play the video in the background. All this is done through the main interface, which directs you to the principal sections of the app through a simple menu:
The Player option directs you to the internal player, where you can set options for shuffling, repeat, skipping to the next or previous video, a sleep timer, play/pause controls, and much more:
The app automatically will play whatever’s on the player in the background, and as you leave the app through the Home button or something, you’ll see a new notification letting you know that the app is active. The app will continue to play even after you lock your device, without you having to do anything. To get back to the player, simply tap the notification, and you’ll be able to control it from there:
Like I said, the app searches through YouTube and other services. Searching for a video shows you some icons at the top which you can tap to switch services and show you results from a difference provider:
You can also build playlists right away by long tapping on a video. It will become highlighted and from there you can select other videos and join them in a playlist to listen to later:
The app also comes with a fairly comprehensive array of settings to fiddle with, including toggles for video quality, music mode, default search engine and orientation. The default settings should already be optimal and not require you to fiddle that much with, but if you find the player stopping when you leave the app or lock your device, there are options to assist with that and keep the app in memory, which should solve any issues you encounter with that.
And that’s about it for this app! There are more things to check out inside the app, including category searches, top 100 lists, and some social media aspects, but for basic usage the above options should serve you just fine. PVSTAR+ is ad-supported, but there’s a pro version that gets rid of the ads if you’d like. Any questions or opinions about this app? Lets us know in the comment section below!