YouTube for iOS getting picture-in-picture mode in US

San Francisco | June 19 

After a long wait, YouTube for iOS is officially gaining picture-in-picture (PiP) support that will allow all users — non-premium and premium — to close the YouTube app and continue to watch their video in a small pop-up window.In a statement to MacRumors, YouTube said that PiP is currently rolling out to all premium subscribers on iOS and that a larger rollout to all US iOS users will take place soon.

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It’s worth noting, again, that this feature will be available to all users, despite some speculation that YouTube may have limited PiP support for only paying subscribers, the report said.

PiP allows users to watch YouTube videos in a small mini player while simultaneously browsing outside of the YouTube app on their mobile device.

YouTube PiP has been a constant back and forth game, with it sometimes working via the YouTube website on Safari.

YouTube Premium subscription brings a lot of features to the table. One of the features included is background play. It basically allows you to let the video play in the background while you do something else on your smartphone. While this is good for music, when watching a video you need something called ‘Picture-in-Picture’ mode.

Apple has introduced the PiP feature on iPhones with the latest iOS 14 update. While the feature is available for WhatsApp or Facetime video calls, it is still not available for the YouTube app’s video playback. However, there is a workaround for this.


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