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Play iPhone music videos in the background iOS devices
If you're watching a video and you lock your iPhone or return to the home screen, video playback stops. This makes sense for movies, but for music videos, a user may want to listen to the music without actually watching the video.

The simple workaround is to set the Home button's functionality to iPod in the iPhone's preferences. Next start any music video, and press the screen lock button (this pauses the music). Now press the screen lock button or the Home button again to show the unlock screen. Double tap the Home button and the iPod controls will appear. Press play and you are good to go!

If you want to use the iPhone for other things, such as browsing Safari, make sure you press the Home button before you lock the screen. This way, when you unlock the phone, you won't be taken back to the music video, but instead will be on the home screen.

(Note that pressing the Home button while in a video pauses the video, and that double tapping for iPod controls while the phone is unlocked takes you back to the video instead of showing the controls.)
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Play iPhone music videos in the background
Authored by: dfa4 on Sep 23, '08 08:12:04AM

you can also use the included headphones with the wired remote after you lock the screen to restart the audio from any video podcast, music video, or other video content.

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Play iPhone music videos in the background
Authored by: Anonymous on Sep 23, '08 12:13:34PM

This also makes a lot of sense for "talking head" movie documentaries.



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Play iPhone music videos in the background
Authored by: zpjet on Sep 24, '08 01:41:29AM

and for podcasts.



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Play iPhone music videos in the background
Authored by: sharakan on Sep 23, '08 09:08:24PM

This hint only works when I use the lock button to pause the video. It doesn't work when I want to do something else with the phone while listening to the audio portion of a music video (as mentioned in the second part of the hint). That's because pressing the home button during a video does _not_ pause the video, but completely stops it. If I then double click the home key to bring up the iPod controls and press play, a completely different tune starts playing!

This is with iPhone firmware 2.1.



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Play iPhone music videos in the background
Authored by: chyna4xena on Sep 25, '08 04:21:52PM

"That's because pressing the home button during a video does _not_ pause the video"

Wrong button. You first press the "screen lock" button to pause the music (not the home button), then press the screen lock button again to bring the screen back up.

Then double-press the home button to get the iPod controls onscreen.



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Play iPhone music videos in the background
Authored by: chyna4xena on Sep 25, '08 04:24:10PM

Oh darn it - sorry, sharakan, I had managed to read your entire comment except the first sentence. I apologise, and feel pretty stupid.



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Play iPhone music videos in the background
Authored by: Mr.C.Tippins on Sep 24, '08 04:18:22PM

you don't need to change the Home button functionality. Double tapping the home button on the lock screen has always brought up the iPod controls.



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iOS4: play music videos in background
Authored by: OldManTime22 on Aug 03, '10 04:16:33PM

I don't believe this works anymore in iOS4. At least, it doesn't work for me. Here's my work around ľand no, it's not entirely painless.

1. Create a playlist on your iPhone and add all of your music videos to it.
2. Add one song to the playlist that is purely audio (not a music video).
3. To play a particular music video in the background, click "edit" at the top of the screen and drag the non-video file to the position directly before the music video you want to play, then tap "done."
4. Tap the audio file to begin playing.
5. Press the home button and return to the home screen.
6. Double-click the home button, swipe to the right to view the iPod controls.
7. Tap the "next song" button.

Your audio should begin playing from your music video. You can now surf the internet, browse pictures, etc. while listening to just the audio. Don't forget to make sure that "shuffle" is not enabled, otherwise it will just start playing random songs. It's not as easy as it should be, but this is the only way I could figure out to get it to work.



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