YouTube won't play in backround Safari tab

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  1. Orka, Jan 18, 2017
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    Orka macrumors regular

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    i noticed that today when I switch tabs in safari YouTube videos stop playing unless YouTube tab is active. Is it some bug or YouTube changed something?
    I tried everything, rebooted my iPad mini 4, nothing helps, it just stops when I go to other tab or open new. It worked perfectly just yesterday!


    I just tried in on my iPhone 6 with iOS 10.2 installed, and everything works fine despite the fact that my iPhone only has 1 gab of ram.
    I have iOS 9.3.5 on my iPad, did YouTube crippled support for iOS 9 devices? Anyone else experience this issue?
     
  2. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    Sorry haven't used YouTube via browser but I did read this comment so it seems it's iOS related after all since 10.2 I guess Apple had to block it because of Google not allowing it anymore.

    I've always used it via third party YouTube apps to keep playing sound in the background like ProTube (paid), Vimate (free). Are those apps perfect? Nope but for background playback it's almost always working.
     
  3. Orka thread starter macrumors regular

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    I do have protube and it does work in background (I'm actually using it right now), however I don't find it user friendly, it's all cluttered and it also appears to consume more battery life so I'd prefer to play YouTube in safari like I did.

    By the way,it worked for couple of days if I'd switch to desktop view in safari, now Google killed it too, there is now no way to play it in safari in different tab. This is not just some glitch, it is deliberate crippling of functionality.
     
  4. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    I do find Protube ok the only downside is that some videos sometimes don't tend to play in that app but do play in the YouTube app. Have you tried the other alternative I suggested?

    Yeah I think it's on purpose that they crippled it see my earlier Reddit link.
     
  5. Orka thread starter macrumors regular

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    Haven't tried that free app, will do shortly.
     

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