Google –owned YouTube has finally rolled out the picture-in-picture mode for iPhone and iPad users. With this feature iPhone and iPad users will be able to watch videos even when they navigate away from the app.
“iPhone & iPad users, We’re happy to share that picture-in-picture is now rolling out to your iOS 15+ devices. Simply select a video to watch and swipe ?? from the bottom of the screen to return to the device’s homepage. The video can scale down and move across your screen (sic),” tweets YouTube TV.
Users have been asked to have the latest version of the app installed on their devices to see the latest update. According to the YouTube TV, the feature will be soon be available to all iOS, without a YouTube Premium subscription. However, any confirmation on the same is yet to be announced.
It is pertinent to highlight that PIP mode is yet to be made available for the standard YouTube app on Apple iPhones and iPads. It is currently under testing for the premium subscribers.
What is YouTube’s picture-in-picture mode
Picture-in-picture (PiP) allows users to continue watching YouTube TV while using other apps on their mobile device. YouTube TV introduced the picture-in-picture mode for Android back in 2017, the feature allows users to keep watching videos even when they navigate away from the app. The picture-in-picture option was available for the main YouTube app.
How picture-in-picture works
Picture-in-picture shrinks the video into a small player that can be dragged to different parts of the screen. With this, video will continue to playback on top of other apps.
How to turn on picture-in-picture
To turn on picture-in-picture mode, users need to tap on their profile picture then tap setting followed by General and switch on picture-in-picture mode.
Turn off picture-in-picture
To turn off picture-in-picture mode, you need to tap your profile picture, tap Settings and then General and choose switch off picture in picture.
How to use picture-in-picture on the YouTube iOS App
To use the picture-in-picture mode on your iPhone or iPad, users need to first update the app to the latest available version from the App Store. Open the video to watch. You need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to return to the device’s homepage and app will close automatically. However, the video window will stay open and the clip will continue to play in picture-in-picture mode.
The picture-in-picture mode allows users to scale down the size of the video. They can also move it to anywhere on the screen. The video window will also have the standard play/pause and rewind/forward controls that can be tapped to control playback. There will also be a button on the mini window to return to the full-screen application, as well as a button to close the video window for good.