Having to always unlock your phone to control media playback can be rather annoying, not to mention very inefficient and inconvenient. This is why more often than not, apps that support media playback tend to have a lock screen interface in which users can skip tracks, hit pause or play, adjust volume, and so on.

The good news is that if you’re an iOS user who uses YouTube, you’ll be pleased to learn that in the latest update to the YouTube app, Google has added lock screen controls for Chromecast along with support for smart TVs and other similar devices. What this means is that you’ll now be able to control YouTube’s playback on Chromecast via your lock screen without having to unlock your phone and launch the app.

According to the update’s changelog, “Control videos from the lock screen while casting to Chromecast devices, smart TVs, game consoles, or any other living room devices with the YouTube app. Get Play/Pause, Prev/Next and volume controls on the lock screen and Control Center.”

The update will bump the app up to version 12.03 so if you haven’t already updated your YouTube app, then you’ll want to head on over to the iTunes App Store where the latest version of YouTube is available for download.

Filed in Apple >Cellphones. Read more about Apps, Chromecast, Google, iOS and YouTube.

Related Articles on Ubergizmo