iOS Background Video Play
I love helping my friends with their tech, be it efficiency improvements or the hot new app. So imagine my horror listening to the latest Vergecast when my demi-god Paul Miller states his annoyance at being unable to play YouTube in the background using iOS. There was nothing I could do to inform, being on a packed train at the time I could not even scream the answer to satisfy my deep altruistic desires.
As you can imagine that pent up unused 'help' is causing quite a burden, that is the purpose of this post. At the same time, it should also explain how to play audio in the background when using iOS. I apologise in advance if the guide for this has already been posted, some searching could not find a previous post.
1. First up, start playing your YouTube video (or other video/audio app)
2. Return to the home screen
3. Access the task switching bar via home-button double tap or four-finger swipe up
4. Swipe your finger to the right on the multitasking bar (to access the bar to the left)
5. Press 'play' and you're good to start surfing, tweeting or even collecting coins and escaping ghouls in Temple Run
Some other information picked up having used this technique:
- It works for most (not all) audio/video apps
- Everytime you return to the audio/video app and then leave it again, you need to repeat the process
- You do not need to be on the home screen to restart the background audio, you can continue from stage two in another app (e.g. Safari)
- Not all apps will play friendly with this, causing the sound you're playing to pause regardless (often games with their own sound)
- Only tested with iOS 5 (maybe tested with iOS 4, can't remember)