Picture-in-picture mode is now available on YouTube for all iOS users! It was originally only available to users in the United States. iPhone users can now finally use this mode to watch videos on YouTube while using other apps on your smartphone. When you close the YouTube app, the video appears in a small window that you can move to different corners of the screen. However, this feature is available for a limited time period and is available to those who have a YouTube Premium subscription.
To use this feature, all you need to do is sign up for a trial of picture-in-picture mode on YouTube for iOS by visiting YouTube’s experimental features site. The new testing program was first spotted by 9to5Google. Go to the youtube.com/new site, scroll down and click on the “Try it out” button, which appears under the ‘Picture-in-picture on iOS’ section. You won’t see the button if you visit the site without signing in with your YouTube Premium account. After signing up for the trial, all you have to do now is open the YouTube app, watch any video, and swipe up to return home. The video should continue to play in a small window at the bottom of the screen, which you can view. Drag the mini player to move it around. You can also pinch with two fingers to enlarge the mini-player on YouTube.
The picture-in-picture option will be available till October 31. While YouTube hasn’t revealed what will happen next, it’s possible that it could make this feature available to anyone who isn’t a premium subscriber, as promised in June. It’s worth noting that since Android Oreo, PiP functionality is accessible to Android YouTube users. However, you will need to purchase a YouTube Premium subscription to access this function.