YouTube enables picture-in-picture on iPhone for premium subscribers

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in iOS edited August 2021
Google on Tuesday rolled out an "experimental" picture-in-picture feature for its iOS YouTube app that allows premium subscribers to view video content while using other apps.

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For now, the picture-in-picture mode is limited to YouTube Premium customers and is considered an experimental feature, which means it must be manually activated before use. When enabled, the feature allows users to minimize YouTube's viewing window into a "mini player" that sits atop other apps.

To take advantage of PiP, subscribers must first visit YouTube.com/new while logged in to their Google Account and navigate to the "Picture-in-picture on iOS" experiment. Selecting "Try it out" activates the option for that account.

Next, opening the YouTube app on iPhone and playing a video, users can swipe up or press the home button to close the app and reveal a mini player. The video will continue playing in the small PiP pane.

Locking the screen pauses the video, though content can be resumed via lock screen controls, YouTube says.

9to5Google reported on the feature earlier today.

YouTube announced plans to roll out a PiP mode for U.S. subscribers of its premium service in July. The company enabled and disabled support for iOS 14's picture-in-picture multiple times in 2020, though today's release suggests a permanent solution is in the works.

The PiP experiment is limited to iPhone and ends on Oct. 31.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    kkqd1337kkqd1337 Posts: 441member
    I’m just trying to activate this in the UK and it isn’t immediately working 
  • Reply 2 of 5
    Not working for me in the states. Followed directions through. 
  • Reply 3 of 5
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 18,020member
    They should roll it out for YouTube TV subscribers as well.  I pay $65 a month for that service.  By the way, Rumble has this now.  It will even play audio with the screen totally off.  
    davgreg
  • Reply 4 of 5
    davgregdavgreg Posts: 1,039member
    sdw2001 said:
    They should roll it out for YouTube TV subscribers as well.  I pay $65 a month for that service.  By the way, Rumble has this now.  It will even play audio with the screen totally off.  
    We should get YouTube Premium for our YouTube TV subscription.

    As to having to be activated I saw a PIP window pop up recently on my iPad (not iPhone) which is running the public beta.
    Only saw it once, maybe it was some kind of glitch.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    Working for me now. Bit of a gamechanger for me. 
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