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How to enable YouTube PiP mode on your iOS device like iPhone or iPad

iPhone or iPad users can enjoy YouTube videos in picture in picture (PIP) mode just like Android devices.

PIP is a great feature used by many people who like to consume a lot of content on YoutTube and want to multitask along with it. Up till recently the picture in picture mode was only available for Android users. But now with recent updates, iOS users can as well indulge in this feature natively or by using the following tricks.

1. Native Application

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For now, the native support on the YouTube application for iPad and iPhone users is limited. One can still use this feature if he/she has a premium subscription of YouTube.

Here is how you can use this feature if you have YouTube premium.

On application

Step 1 – Open the YouTube app.

Step 2 – Tap on the profile icon in the top right corner.

Step 3 – Go to Settings > Try new features.

Step 4 – Here, scroll down and tap Try it out for Picture-in-picture.

The feature is available to test for a limited time till October 31st.

YouTube Application

On browser

Open your browser and head to – youtube.com/new.

Step 1 – Sign in with your Google account if not already.

Step 2 – Scroll down and look for Picture-in-picture on iOS.

Step 3 – Click on Try it out.

Google Chrome

Once the feature is activated the user can swipe up to go to the home screen. The video will keep playing in a mini window. The video will pause as soon as you lock the screen but can be controlled via media controls on the lock screen.

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2. Safari Browser

Before Google natively added this feature this was the most common way to use PiP mode in iOS.

Step 1 – Search YouTube in the Safari browser.

Step 2 – Tap Aa at the bottom left. 

Step 3 – Select the Request Desktop Site option from the 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.

Safari Browser

After following the steps you are good to go and play any video or your favourite music in PiP mode easily.

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3. Third-party application

If due to some issue any of the above steps are not working or for some reason you are not satisfied with the experience. It’s better to use a third-party application. We advise using X.app for this.

Step 1 – Head to the app store and search for X.app

Step 2 – Install ‎X.app from the App Store on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 3 – Now, open YouTube and play a video.

Step 4 – Click on Share, select More.

Step 5 – In the share menu, select X: Video> Picture-in-Picture.

Step 6 – Click on Picture-in-Picture at the bottom

x.app

By following this step one can easily play YouTube videos in a small window over other apps and windows in iOS. The best part about this application is that it’s completely free and the process is hassle-free.

These are a few easy steps that will allow users to easily enable PiP mode in their iPhone or iPad. The official release for picture in picture mode integrated into the Application is unknown. But as the feature is up for testing we can hope that it will be released by Google anytime soon.

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