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You know how fucking Youtube on Android stops playing when you turn off the display? A few years ago you could prevent that from happening by using Youtube from an obscure browser, but this doesn't work anymore today. You're forced to deal with battery drain and not being able to switch apps when all you want to do is listen to some music via Youtube.

So this is what those moronic douchebags at Google thought:
Let's stop the playback as soon as the display goes dark and prevent our users from doing anything against it. They will probably be pissed off. But this is better for us because... well... who cares, let's just fuck with them.

Anyone knows a workaround?

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  • 9
    Newpipe from Fdroid
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    @nbamaral Thank, I'll try it
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    If im not mistaken they allow you to play yt if your screen is turned off but only if you have yt red (premium)
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    Newpipe itself also stops playing when the display goes dark. But it works when configured to use an external video player, like MediaMonkey or whatever music player you're using.

    @PrivateGER Thanks for the alternative.
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    @AgeOfRanterance or use audio mode on Newpipe
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    Also there's Youtube Vanced but I haven't tried it as Newpipe and YouTube Downloader https://forum.xda-developers.com/sh... fulfill all my mobile YouTube needs.
  • 0
    @electrineer Right, using audio mode is the no-brainer. Didn't see it the first time. Thanks.
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    @LastDigitOfPi @fuck2code Google takes 40% of the ad revenue, based on JayzTwoCents: https://youtu.be/z_lqNYxgBDA?t=4m1s
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    If you open YouTube in Chrome and have desktop mode enabled, you can turn your screen off. It stops when you do so, but you just have to press the play button in the notification to let it start playing again
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    Xposed modules.
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    @Jantje19 Well, that's easier than expected. Still, I prefer using Newpipe as it allows to switch apps.
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    Yeah, not an accident, and they're not messing with users. They're trying to drive sales of YouTube Red subscriptions.
  • 0
    Google "iytbp" and follow steps fpr non-rooted phone. (Unless you're rooted)
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    @AgeOfRanterance that is not really true.
    Did you ever try the FF browser on Android, opened a youtube video and switched to another app?
    Try other browsers. It is not entirely Google's fault. It is also your fault due to you being lazy to test it on other browsers as well.
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    YouTube is a video service... You want Spotify or Google play music... Why is this a requested feature by people? I don't get it. Podcasts? There's plenty of audio based podcast apps out there. If it's a video cast then you're going to have your display on anyway..
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    @demortes Literally EVERYTHING is on YouTube. Most music isn't on other services.
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    @PrivateGER are we talking small artists? Like local?
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    @demortes Generally many.
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    @PrivateGER I've never run into that. All artist I want is on pandora or Spotify or Google play music.
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    @demortes There are a lot of audio playlists with still images on yt. Since the content is available in the form/compilation I enjoy, there is no reason to switch to another service.
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    @AgeOfRanterance doesn't a still image still send video data? Waste of data. Especially if. You're limited by the carrier
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    @-ANGRY-CLIENT- Sure tested Firefox. Mobile mode cannot do that and desktop mode suxx on older tablet (but works).
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    @AgeOfRanterance or what about audio quality?
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    YouTube is a video app, you can not watch the video if you don't have the activity running.
    It makes perfect sense.

    Yocoukd try youtube music app and youtube red.

    Or you could use a chromecast to cast the video elsewhere.

    Or you could use google music, or Spotify or whatever actual music app.
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    @demortes I assume Youtube recognizes still images or uses proper video encoding with variable bitrate to mitigate this. Also, data consumption is not an issue for me when on WiFi.
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    @AgeOfRanterance some isps limit even residential internet. Fucking annoying.

    Now we are into something I don't understand a lot about. Video codecs. Do they do differential updates in the transmission?
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    @demortes Yes, they do. I believe every X frames, there is another full frame (depending on codec and configuration)
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    @daemonAD Thanks, but my main device is not rooted.
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    tldr

    works on android 6.0.1, firefox, desktop mode

    it is stupid af that it doesn't work. just a way to try to get ppl to spend money. blackberry's OS did it by default, which i found hilarious.

    youtube-dl with termux works (inconvenient to just...play musik)
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