When I like a song, I play it until I hate it
With the advent of YouTube Music, I have packed my bags and quit Spotify. Nowadays, I listen to most of my music and podcasts on YouTube. Now, there are songs that are just stuck in your head and you want to loop your way out of it. Well, the Spotify mobile app lets you loop songs but the YouTube app won’t.
On the other hand, the YouTube desktop version lets you loop a video. In case you didn’t know, just right-click the play/pause button and click on the “Loop” option and you are good to go. But, I’m pretty sure, YouTube won’t be releasing this feature on their official Android and iOS app anytime soon.
Why YouTube lack a “Loop” option for Android and iOS?
While we are so used to getting awesome stuff from Google like Google Maps, Search, YouTube, etc, for free. We often forget that Google is also a commercial business and 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 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 a YouTube video with Web Browser
I recently discovered this method and it turns out is the easiest way to loop a song on your smartphone. The trick here is to play the YouTube video within the web browser on Android. Unfortunately, the same trick doesn’t work on iOS.
1. Open the web browser and type the URL “m.youtube.com”. This is to avoid the browser from automatically opening the YouTube app.
2. Once the mobile version is open, go to the browser menu and tap on the “Desktop site” checkbox.
3. Search and play a video of your choice. Now, Zoom in and long press on the video, this will bring up the right-click menu. From the options, select the “Loop” option. Once you do that, you will see the loop option just like you see in the desktop version.
Method 2: Loop a Video inside YouTube App
This method is a workaround within the YouTube app. 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. The YouTube app itself is similar on both Android and iOS. So the following steps can be used to create and loop the playlist on the iPhone as well.
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. Now from the main screen, tap on the “Library” option appearing at the bottom of the screen and navigate the newly created Playlist. Once you are in, 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. Tap on the loop icon inside the playlist to repeat that single song.
Method 3. Loop YouTube Videos with 3rd Party Apps
Apart from these workarounds, there are many third-party Android apps that you can use to play YouTube videos repeatedly. If I had to suggest one app, it would be Musepic.
1. Download and install Musepic from the Google Play Store. The app is free to download with a few in-app purchases which let you access additional features like resizing the ‘picture in picture’ mode window.
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.
3. Select the video from the search results and play it. Upon playing, you’ll notice that the window has several other controls like Loop and Sticky. You can loop part of a youtube video or the entire video via the drag bar or the time selector. Click on the loop tab on the right bottom of the video and that’s it, the video will play repeatedly until you stop it manually.
Download Musepic (free, $1 for premium)
In case you are on iOS, I would recommend the Loop2Learn Lite (Free). It works more or less similar to the Musepic app.
1. Download and install the Loop2Learn Lite app. It has a free as well as a paid variant which comes at around $3. But for our needs, the free version is more than enough.
2. Open the app and you will be greeted with the YouTube mobile version. You can search, login in the same conventional way. Alternatively, you can also paste the YouTube URL on the top search bar.
3. Once the song is playing, loop controls can be seen at the bottom of the screen. You can select a specific time frame to loop or even the entire video. It also provides an option to key in the number of repeats in case you have a number in mind.
Download Loop2Learn Lite(free)
So, these are some of the ways to play YouTube videos on loop on both Android and iOS. Depending on your requirement, you can either play YouTube videos inside the official YouTube app using the Playlist feature or use a third-party app or even the web browser. Below is a quick video for a visual representation of the same.
For any issues or concerns, do let me know in the comments below.