Xiaomi: How to listen to YouTube videos and podcasts with the screen off

Xiaomi offers a slightly hidden but very useful feature to play YouTube videos on your smartphone even with the lock screen. In this tutorial, I explain how to listen to your podcasts, albums and playlists on YouTube without having to leave your Xiaomi smartphone on.

If you are not subscribed to YouTube Premium or YouTube Music, it is theoretically impossible to play a YouTube video in the background on your Android smartphone. As soon as you exit the app or lock your phone, playback will automatically pause. There are a few tricks that include third-party apps, but usually you just need to leave your smartphone screen on.

With Xiaomi’s Video Toolbox menu, hidden in the special features of MIUI, you can listen to videos on your smartphone even with the screen off. In your face, Google!

  1. Go to Settings > Special features.
  2. Go to Video Toolbox and activate the function.
  3. In the Video Toolbox menu, tap Manage video apps and activate the switch for Youtube.
  4. Open YouTube, start your video, press the translucent bar on the left or right of the screen (according to your choice).
  5. In the Video Toolbox menu, swipe left once on the first line.
  6. press the Play video sound with screen off.

Xiaomi’s video toolkit is pretty well hidden in the MIUI settings / © NextPit

Note that this feature does not work with all applications. And you will still have to go through the advertisements inserted in the Youtube videos. This Xiaomi solution is certainly incomplete, but it has the merit of being entirely native. No need for dodgy third-party apps or tinkering in settings.

If you’re interested in a more comprehensive guide to watching YouTube in the background on any Android smartphone, I’d be happy to review it and try to find even non-native solutions.

That’s it for this tutorial to listen to YouTube on your Xiaomi smartphone with the screen off. What do you think of this tip, did you find it useful? Do you have a better solution to avoid giving in to the “blackmail” of YouTube Premium? Tell us in the comments.

Shirley K. Rosa