If you enjoy watching music videos, live concert recordings, or room cover songs on YouTube, then YouTube Music is worth considering. In fact, YouTube will display the “Switch to YouTube Music” button on some music videos that open songs in the YouTube Music app – but not always.
On Android, there is a neat trick that uses IntentService to push the youtube.com link to YouTube Music – you only need to edit the video URL a little. So, if you haven’t already done so, install YouTube Music, and let’s start hacking.
Step 1 : Copy the Link
First, find the video in the normal YouTube application that you want to open in the YouTube Music application. Tap the share button at the bottom of the video window to get the link for the video.
You can choose the “Copy Link” option then paste it in your browser’s address bar, or share it to an application where you can edit the string. Google Keep is a very useful application for this process, but any application that allows you to edit text will function properly.
Step 2 : Remix URL
Now that you have a link in the text editor or address bar, you must edit it. Select the “youtu.be” section of the URL and replace it with “music.youtube.com/watch?v=” to change it to YouTube Music URL. For simplicity, you can copy it from the code box below:
This trick works better on the desktop, where all you have to do is replace “www” with “music” in the address bar and press enter and your browser will present the song in the web application.
Step 3 : Open the link
If you are editing a link in your browser’s URL bar, just press enter and Android will open it on YouTube Music. Those who use Google Keep will find that the application has changed the string to a hyperlink that you can tap to load the song on YouTube Music. If not, just select the entire URL, and Android will give you the option to open it on YouTube Music.
Note that, while any YouTube link will open in the YouTube Music application if you do, only videos that are classified as music can be played in the YouTube Music application. In addition, live premiere videos will not be loaded on YouTube Music during live premiere.
(1) Process fulfilled. (2) During the live video premiere, the music won’t load … (3) … but, after the first screening, it works well.
Even so, this is still a practical solution when you want to listen to something new on your smartphone without adding it to your library. For example, a two-hour concert can disrupt the flow of your “Like” shuffle. In other cases, finding playlists to save videos to listen to is too much trouble.