If you are not using YouTube Kids, but are letting your children watch on the regular YouTube platforms, there may be videos in your watch history that you don't want them to see. Therefore, you should know how to lock the screen on YouTube, so your kids don’t get to inappropriate content or carelessly tap away to other apps.
In this post, we’ll show you how to lock the YouTube screen on iPhone and Android.
Conveniently, iPhone provides a built-in feature that allows you to lock your phone screen while playing YouTube videos.
The Guided Access feature restricts both what you can see on the screen and what you can tap on your device’s screen while it’s active. It works only for certain applications like YouTube, meaning you can’t use any other apps on your device while Guided Access is on.
Here’s how to lock the screen while watching YouTube:
Android also offers the option to lock your screen while using certain apps with the App or Screen pinning feature.
The App or Screen pinning allows you to lock the entire phone screen and run only one app, like YouTube. This feature also helps stop your children from accidentally tapping on the screen and changing apps.
Enabling the App/Screen pinning feature may differ depending on the phone model, but in general, these are the steps:
Besides the built-in options on iPhone and Android, there’s another way to play a video in the background on YouTube while your screen is locked.
YouTube Premium offers the ability to play YouTube in the background uninterrupted, even if you turn off the screen on your phone or you have another app opened. The service costs $11.99 per month, or you can choose a more affordable student or family plan.
If you decide to go with YouTube Premium, besides being able to keep playing music while your screen is locked, you’ll be able to enjoy additional features such as no ads and download videos and play them offline.
Apart from the built-in device features on Android and iPhone, there are many third-party lock screen apps available on the Google Play Store or App Store that enable you to lock your phone screen and play YouTube videos in the background. For example, Touch Lock is available for Android devices on the Google Play Store, and Baby Lock Screen For Youtube - Child Locker is available for iOS devices on the App Store.
Also read: How to hide videos on YouTube.
If you only want to listen to music on YouTube while your screen is locked, there’s another method to lock the screen on Android and iPhone using the mobile browser.
If you are using Android, you can do it on Firefox and Google Chrome. Just make sure it’s the latest version.
The video audio will continue playing in the background even though the phone screen is locked.
For iPhone or iPad, follow the steps below to listen to YouTube with your screen locked:
Locking the YouTube screen while the video is playing in the background is possible both on Android and iPhone. The steps differ depending on if you want to watch the video or you just want to listen to the audio.
On iPhone, you can lock the screen and disable screen touch while a YouTube video playing in the background with the Guided Access option.
Android devices allow you to lock your screen while watching a YouTube video with the App or Screen pinning feature.
On the other hand, if you only want to listen to the audio of a YouTube video, you can do that by opening YouTube on a browser, selecting the desktop version from the browser settings and playing the video. The video will start playing as audio in the background even when the screen is turned off.