YouTube recently released a Picture in Picture mode update in iPhone with an update of iOS. YouTube has been the last to update iOS devices with PiP mode as other streaming services like Apple TV, Prime Video, Netflix, etc have got it before. Though the feature is introduced it might not be convenient for everyone and also not works for everyone as well. If you are habitual of watching YouTube on PiP, but now it’s not working for you, here are a few troubleshooters you can perform to fix the problem.
Check for updates
An outdated build might result in not getting this feature or if there is a bug in the old build. It is always better in most cases to keep your application up to date. Along with that also make sure that your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS.
As it can lead to the same issue in future as well. To fix it, head to the Apple store, tap on your profile on the top right corner and scroll down to find the update all button. To update the iPhone head to General > Software Update and check for updates.
Subscribe to YouTube Premium
Unfortunately, YouTube has kept the picture in picture mode exclusively for premium members. If the company is planning to make this feature free for everyone is still unknown. But, for now, one has to pay for a premium subscription to use YouTube in PiP mode.
Along with PiP you also get an ad-free YouTube experience, unlimited video download option, background video playing, and YouTube Music when you buy the subscription. One can opt for a student discount by verifying him/her as a student, too.
Use YouTube in the browser
It is the best work around if YouTube premium feels heavy on your pocket and all you want is to watch videos in PiP, and advertisements don’t bother you. You can do it with the built-in browser. Follow the below steps.
Step 1 – Go to YouTube.com in the Safari browser.
Step 2 – Tap Aa on the top left of the screen.
Step 3 – Select the Request Desktop Site option from the drop-down menu.
Step 4 – Once the desktop site loads, start playing a video and make it full screen.
Step 5 – Tap the PiP button on the top left corner of the display.
These are a few steps that will allow you to watch YouTube videos in picture in picture (PiP) mode on your iOS devices. If none of these work, try uninstalling the YouTube application and reinstalling it. As there is no clear data or clear cache option like Android in iOS, all you can do is uninstall and reinstall the application.
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