How to Use Picture-in-Picture from YouTube on iPhone

YouTube on Android has had Picture-in-Picture support for several years, but the iPhone app lagged behind. That finally changed, and you can now watch YouTube in a floating window on your iPhone or iPad, too.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
October 11, 2022

YouTube on Android has had Picture-in-Picture support for several years, but the iPhone app lagged behind. That finally changed, and you can now watch YouTube in a floating window on your iPhone or iPad, too. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for the iPhone and iPad. Screenshots are from iPhone XR running iOS 15.6+

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It was a long journey for iOS and iPadOS devices to get Picture-in-Picture for YouTube. The feature started out as an experiment for Premium subscribers in August 2021. A few months later, the experiment ended. In July 2022, Google started rolling it out for real.

Non-Premium Members: Everyone in the U.S. can use Picture-in-Picture in the YouTube app regardless of whether they have a Premium subscription or not. PiP only works with non-music videos.

Premium Members: Premium subscribers in all areas of the world can use Picture-in-Picture in the YouTube app for both music and non-music videos.

First, we need to make sure your iPhone or iPad has Start PiP Automatically enabled. To do so, open the Settings app. Refer to the below image:

PIP 1
Accessing Settings app

Next, go to General. See the below image:

PIP 2
Accessing General option

Now, select Picture in Picture. See the following image:

PIP 3
Accessing the Picture in Picture option

Next, make sure Start PiP Automatically is toggled to ON. Refer to the below image:

PIP 4
Enabling PiP

Using Picture-in-Picture

Using Picture-in-Picture mode is actually very easy. The feature is enabled by default once you get it. First, watch a video and swipe up on the bottom of the screen to go to your Home screen. The video will display the PiP mode. See the below image:

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Your YouTube video

Next, if you want to double-check to make sure Picture-in-Picture is ON or turn it OFF, you can do so in the YouTube settings under:

Settings > General > Picture-in-Picture

and toggle it ON or OFF. See the following image:

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Enabling Picture-in-Picture on YouTube

Picture-in-Picture is a great feature to have on a phone or tablet. Now you enjoy YouTube on your Apple device while being able to do other things at the same time.

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How to Disable Picture-In-Picture on iPhone in iOS 14

iPhones with iOS 14 or later, now support Picture -In-Picture (PIP) mode like their cousin, the iPad. By default, when you switch from playing a full-screen video in a supported media app, it will continue playing in the corner of the screen. If you find this annoying, like me, you can easily turn it off.

iPhones with iOS 14 or later, now support Picture -In-Picture (PIP) mode like their cousin, the iPad. By default, when you switch from playing a full-screen video in a supported media app, it will continue playing in the corner of the screen. If you find this annoying, like me, you can easily turn it off. Here’s how to do this.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 14

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First, launch Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

pip 1
Accessing Settings

Now, scroll down and tap on the General option. See below image:

pip 2
Accessing the General option

Next, tap on the Picture in Picture option. See following image:

pip 3
Accessing the PIP option

Tap on it to open the Picture in Picture settings. Now, toggle off (disable) the Start PIP Automatically option. Refer to below image:

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Disabling the PIP option

Now, the next time you return to the Home Screen while playing a video, the Picture-in-Picture will not pop-up automatically. To manually open Picture-inPicture, just tap the Picture-in-Picture button (if the app you are using supports it.)

That’s it. You just disabled a possible annoying feature of iOS 14.

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