Ever locked your screen while listening to a song on YouTube? We know it feels like punching yourself in the face. To get rid of this irritating drawback of listening to music on YouTube, the video streaming platform has come up with YouTube Music. YouTube Music will take on apps like Spotify and Apple Music.
While Europe on Tuesday was introduced to YouTube Music for the first time, us Indians have quite some waiting to do before we can get our hands on the music app of Google’s video platform.
But you need not worry if you’re too impatient to wait for the launch, you can still lock your Android phone while listening to music on YouTube with just a few more clicks than your traditional YouTube app.
Here’s how you can lock your Android phone screen while listening to music on YouTube:
Step 1 - Open Google Chrome on your device.
Step 2 - Go to the YouTube website. If your phone always redirects you to the app, type www.youtube.com on the address bar. You will be redirected to the mobile site (m.youtube.com).
Step 3 - Hit the options icon on your browser (three vertical dots).
Step 4 - Select the desktop site option, you will be redirected to the YouTube desktop website.
Step 4 - Play whichever music video you want to listen to.
Step 5 - Now you can go back to your home screen. However, the playback might stop as soon as you do.
Step 6 - If your playback stops upon redirecting to home screen, pull down the notification bar, you’ll see the YouTube playback notification with pause/play, forward and backward button (It will show what you’re playing).
Step 7 - Hit play
Step 8 - Now you can go ahead an lock your screen as well, your music will not stop.
YouTube Music will offer Europeans millions of songs and videos advertising-free for a subscription of EUR 9.99 (roughly Rs. 800) a month.
The Google-owned giant said it would also have "thousands of playlists... millions of songs, albums and artist radio" - a tool than allows listeners to build radio lists around a singer or band.