When I like a song, I play it until I hate it
Nowadays I listen most of my music on YouTube. One of the biggest feature requests for most of the users is a native option to play a video on repeat or loop inside the official YouTube app for Android and iOS.
After nine years of waiting, YouTube finally lets you loop a video on the web version. To loop a video in your browser, simply right-click on the video and choose the option “Loop” and you are good to go. However, I’m pretty sure, YouTube won’t be releasing this feature on their official Android and iOS app anytime soon.
Why Doesn’t YouTube Have A “Loop” Option for Android and iOS?
While we are so used to getting awesome stuff like Maps, Search, YouTube, etc., for free from Google, we often forget that Google is also a commercial business. They make money from ads. If more people start playing the same video over and over again, lesser are the chances to effectively display ads. In short, a built-in loop feature is not good for Google’s business. After nine years of request, they finally added it to the desktop version, but not for mobile, it’s not coming anytime soon.
But that doesn’t mean you cannot loop YouTube videos on Android and iOS. There are some workarounds to loop a video right inside the YouTube app, for both Android and iOS. Although it’s in no way perfect like the web version, it gets the job done.
Method 1: Loop YouTube Videos Using 3rd Party app
There are many third-party Android and iOS apps that can play YouTube video repeatedly. If I had to suggest one app, it would be Listen on Repeat. The app is free (ad-supported) and available for both Android and iOS. Here is how to get started with it.
2. Open the app and search for the song you want to play on repeat. Thankfully, they have auto-suggestions, so you don’t have to type the whole thing. Alternatively, if you are watching a video on YouTube and decided to listen to it on repeat, then tap on share icon > copy the URL and then paste the URL in Listen on Repeat app’s search box.
3. Select the video from the search result and play it. That’s it, the video will play repeatedly until you stop it manually.
1. Works flawlessly on both Android and iOS
2. The app is completely free and you don’t even have to deal with ads.
1. You have to download a third-party app, which I’m not a big fan of. Especially when that can be done without using an app.
2. Say, you are watching a video on YouTube and decide to play it on loop, there is no easy way to launch Listen on Repeat app directly from the share button. Instead, you will have to copy the URL of the video, switch to Listen on Repeat app and paste the link in the search box if you don’t want to type the whole thing. Though not hard, the process is a bit tedious.
On the other hand, if you want to play YouTube video in the background even when the screen is OFF, you can use a free app called YMusic from XDA labs. This app is particularly useful when you want to listen to podcasts and stuff. Moreover, what makes this app special is that the app only loads the audio part of the video, thus saving you a lot of data.
In case you wondering, due to Google’s restrictions, no apps in the Play Store allow you to play YouTube videos in the background. So, you have to download the apps from third-party stores or directly from the developer’s website.
Method 2: Loop a Video on YouTube App
If you don’t want to use a third party app to loop a YouTube video then there is a workaround for that as well. The trick here is to add a single video to a newly created playlist and then loop that playlist. It works perfectly on both Android and iOS. However, since the app UI is a bit different, I’ll show the steps for both.
Loop YouTube videos on Android
1. Open the YouTube app and play the video
2. Tap on Add to option below the video > Create a new playlist > Give the playlist a name of your choice.
3. Now from the main screen, tap on the “Library” option appearing at the bottom of the screen and find the newly created Playlist. Once you are here, tap on the play button to start playing the video.
4. While the video is playing, tap on the “Down” arrow right next to the Playlist name.
5. Now, tap on the loop icon inside the playlist to repeat that single song.
Loop YouTube videos on iPhone
1. Play the YouTube video
2. Tap on plus sign at the top of the video > Create a new Playlist and give it any name you want. I prefer a name that starts with letter A or numbers since it makes it easier to find in an alphabetical list.
3. Now, go to your Account section > Playlist > Find the newly created playlist, and play that video.
4. Now, tap on the loop icon inside the playlist to repeat that single song.
1. You can play the video inside the app, no need to use a third-party app.
1. Have to create multiple playlists, if you do it more often
2. Can’t play videos with screen OFF. Though, you can get the same effect, by using Black Screen of Life.
Method 3: Loop a YouTube video with Web Browser
There is another way to repeat a YouTube video, which I recently discovered. The trick here is to play the YouTube video within the Web browser on Android. By default, YouTube will redirect you to its mobile site where you cannot loop a video. To get to the desktop site, tap on the menu option and select “Request Desktop Site”. Once you do that, you will see the loop option just like you see in the desktop version.
1. Copy the URL of the video you want to loop
2. Paste that link in any web browser, most of you will have Google Chrome, so let’s go with that.
3. Request the desktop site and then play the video
4. Now, Zoom in and long press on the video, this will bring up the right-click menu. From the options, select the “Loop” option.
Now, even if you close the browser or turn OFF your screen, the video will still play in the loop.
Supports both playbacks in the background as well as when the screen is OFF
Doesn’t work on iOS after the recent update. However, you can use the web version of Listen on Repeat to get the similar effect, watch the following video.
Wrapping Up: Loop YouTube Videos on Android/iOS
So, there you go; these are some ways to play YouTube videos on a loop on both Android and iOS. Depending on your requirement, you can either play YouTube video inside the official YouTube app using the Playlist feature or use a third-party app or the web browser.
Do you know any other way to play YouTube videos in the background, let me know in the comment section below.