YouTube announces Picture-in-Picture is finally coming to iOS

YouTube has just announced the expansion of Picture-in-Picture support for iPhones and iPad. Picture-in-Picture allows users to watch videos from their favorite creators while scrolling through social media apps, texting, browsing the web, etc. The video will continue to play in a small thumbnail window, allowing two apps to multitask on your iPhone.

YouTube Picture-in-Picture

iPhone and iPad users can finally use Picture-in-Picture on YouTube

In a blog post, YouTube announced that it has started rolling out Picture-in-Picture for all iPhones and iPads running iOS and iPadOS 15.0 or higher. The rollout should take a couple of days to reach every user.

Non-Premium Members: In the U.S., everyone using the YouTube app on iPhone and iPad will have access to PiP for non-music content. If you use an Android device you already have this feature and will continue to!

Premium Members: Globally, all Premium members on iPhone and iPad will have access to PiP for all content, (both music and non-music). To turn on the feature, go to Settings > General in your YouTube app and turn-on Picture-in-picture. If you don’t turn on PiP, you’ll still be able to use background play by default (based on your feedback from our experiments)! Premium members with Android devices already have this feature and will continue to. 

How to enable Picture-in-Picture on your iOS device

  1. Launch the YouTube app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap your profile icon at the top right-hand corner of the screen > Settings.
  3. Tap on General.
  4. Tap on the toggle for functionality.
  5. Select any video and hit the play button.
  6. Close the YouTube app and the video should start automatically playing in an overlay window. You can adjust the size of the window and move it anywhere around the screen.

How to enable YouTube picture-in-picture mode on iPhone

The rollout of PiP for iOS was confirmed last year but took some time to be implemented. “We recognize this has been a slow roll out for a highly requested feature,” the company says in the blog post and that it wants to “thank everyone who shared feedback during experiments and waited patiently for this moment.”

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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.

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