How to use YouTube picture-in-picture on Android

Android has its own feature called Picture-in-Picture that allows smartphones running on Android 8.0 Oreo or later to multitask while in between apps. The feature can be enabled for select apps with a few simple steps.

Picture-in-Picture allows you to search for a restaurant on Google, while video chatting with a friend on WhatsApp, or while watching a funny video on YouTube. The feature is specially built for users who are extreme multitaskers and like to jump from app to app.

How to enable YouTube picture-in-picture on Android


Here is how you can use YouTube picture-in-picture on Android


  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down to find Apps, tap on it.How to use YouTube picture-in-picture on Android
  3. Then, in the top right-hand corner tap on the three vertical dots. Select Special Access.How to use YouTube picture-in-picture on Android 1
  4. Now select, picture-in-picture.How to use YouTube picture-in-picture on Android 2
  5. Now you will see a list of apps that support picture-in-picture, and you can enable the feature for the apps that have it disabled.How to use YouTube picture-in-picture on Android 3

Since the feature is Google-based, many of the company’s top apps are compatible with the feature like YouTube, Google Maps, Chrome, and such. Though, using YouTube’s picture-in-picture mode requires the user to have a Premium subscription. To launch the feature on YouTube, start watching a video, and once you close the app by going to Home or switch apps, the video will keep on playing in a small window.

The list of apps that are compatible with the feature are:

  • Netflix.
  • Instagram.
  • Google Duo.
  • Pocket Casts.
  • Hulu.
  • VLC.
  • Facebook.
  • Whatsapp.

Picture-in-picture comes with its own set of controls, once you are used to opening the feature on your desired app, tap the window to access the controls. You will see options such as Fast Forward, Play, Rewind, Maximize/Fullscreen that bring you back to the original screen. While listening to songs, you can press the Fast Forward icon to move to the next song in the list. It is important to note that some videos only present two options Exit, and Fullscreen icons.

You can drag the window anywhere on the screen and pull it towards the bottom of the screen to exit the window completely. That is all there is to it, we hope this guide helped you use YouTube picture-in-picture mode on Android. Let us know your thoughts and reviews in the comments below.

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Usman has been playing games for as long as he can remember. He is an editor at iThinkDifferent and writes about games, Apple news, hardware, productivity guides, and more. When not writing for iTD, Usman loves to play competitive Team Fortress 2, spends time honing his football skills, and watches superhero movies.

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