I currently have Kit Kat 4.4. Is is possible to play a Youtube video in the background or while multitasking like checking email, use other apps or surf the web on Android? As of right now, I have to have keep the Youtube app open and can't get the video to play in the background while I do other stuff on my phone.

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    Official answer: no. The youtube app was changed about 2 years ago to ensure once it wasn't focused on, it would stop, including locking the screen. In actuality: pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/google-android/3447673/… This may work and there are other work arounds. Supposedly they will improve the feature in Youtube itself according to this article from October: venturebeat.com/2013/10/23/…
    – RossC
    Jan 7 '14 at 9:17
  • This is possible due to some features on custom ROMs (like Paranoid Android's Halo) and multitasking on some TouchWiz devices; of course, this requires you to completely modify your device. Alternatively, Floating Apps allows you to have an instance of an app (ie. YouTube, Vimeo, Video Player) floating above other windows and does not require root.
    – filoxo
    Jan 7 '14 at 16:02

Use multi task option of your phone. Your screen will be split into 2 parts, you can watch Youtube and do other stuff. You can also change the formation of the screen so 90% of the screen is browser/email etc en 10% of screen will be youtube for listening music.

I am pretty sure Android Kitkat can do that – I am doing it right now.

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    Two things: First, please don't use txtspeak (write full words) – many of our users are non-native English speakers and already have a hard time without slang. Second: The feature you describe IMHO is not available on all devices, but rather vendor specific – so you should at least mention the device you're using ;)
    – Izzy
    Feb 6 '15 at 17:20

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