How to Watch YouTube on Top of Other Apps on Android

Joel Lee 12-08-2016

YouTube on Android is pretty nice. The interface is way better than browsing the web version of YouTube, and it has built-in functionality for casting videos to Chromecast 8 Creative Uses for Google's Chromecast We've come up with 8 unique uses for Google's Chromecast. Read on to find out just how you can make even more use of your Chromecast. Read More . It’s even better with a YouTube Red subscription Is YouTube Premium Worth the Cost? 7 Things You Need to Consider Is YouTube Premium's cost worth it? We look into the pros and cons of YouTube's paid version. Read More .

But the annoying thing, at least for me, is that you can’t multitask watching a YouTube video while doing something else in another app. On tablets especially, this can be something of a pain.


With FlyTube [No Longer Available], you can now watch YouTube videos in a floating popup that sits on top of other apps. Just set FlyTube as your default handler for YouTube links and videos will automatically open this way.

And yes, the floating popup can be dragged around or resized to your liking. It’s perfect for when you want to watch while browsing the web or thumbing through Reddit.

Apparently this is already possible with the YouTube app if you have Samsung TouchWiz, but if you have any other device other than a Samsung, FlyTube can really prove useful.

Did you find this app useful? Is there another app that does this but better? Let us know below!

Image Credit: YouTube on Android via Shutterstock

Related topics: Multitasking, YouTube.

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  1. Asmit
    June 7, 2019 at 4:04 am

    This was endemic in my new phone, but has suddenly stopped today. How fix?

  2. Anonymous
    August 16, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Joel, wuz up with the app? Like Natalie mentioned below, the app isn't visible in the Play Store. Has it been pulled for some reason?

    • Joel Lee
      August 19, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Yes, it looks like the Flytube developers ran into some trouble with Google but I don't have any details. Sorry Kelsey!

      • Anonymous
        August 20, 2016 at 1:51 am

        Thanks for the update. :)

  3. Paul D Dantuma
    August 16, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Android N has split screen! ?

  4. Chris
    August 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    If you run YouTube in the firefox app it will let you minimise the app, do other things and the music will keep on playing even if the screen times out.

    • Joel Lee
      August 19, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      That's a neat workaround, at least for music. Too bad about the video though. Thanks Chris!

  5. Bernard
    August 14, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Can't find Flytube. Are there any other options to locate and download it?

    • Joel Lee
      August 19, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Sorry Bernard, I'm not aware of any safe places to download the APK at the moment.

  6. Natalie McDonald
    August 13, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    FlyTube has just disappeared from PlayStore???

    • Joel Lee
      August 19, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      That's really annoying. Sorry Natalie!