A change for the better: YouTube finally supports Split View and Slide Over on iPads

Google's YouTube apps for both Android and iOS are not famous for allowing the user to do much with their device while a video is playing. Minimizing the app or putting one's device to sleep will always result in the pausing of playback. This is done, of course, to curb attempts to use YouTube as a free source of music on one's mobile, and to keep them actually looking at the app, showing them ads and drawing their attention to more suggested videos to watch. Fair enough, this is what pays the bills for YouTube to run but, sometimes, one needs to legitimately jump out of the app to respond to a text, do a quick web search, or whatever else, and this usually results in stop of video playback, which is pretty annoying, especially so on iOS, where until recently, pulling the Control Center, Notifications shade, or the iPad's Slide Over menu would also pause YouTube.

Thankfully, the latter issue was fixed a couple of months ago – nowadays, if you pull up the Control Center for a quick brightness adjustment, drop down the notifications shade to check on your messages, or pull in the Slide Over drawer on an iPad, YouTube will not stop its video playback. However, the more advanced functions, featured on the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro, such as Split View and Picture-in-Picture are still not supported by YouTube's official app, which has users looking for alternative players that do allow for these modes.

Well, the official YouTube app has been updated yesterday and, while there's no word on Picture-in-Picture support, we are happy to say that it now fully allows for Slide Over and Split View. If you're not clear on what the differences between these two are – here's a quick recap:

  • Slide Over is the “poor man's multitasking” window. It's supported by iPad mini 2 and up, iPad Air and up. It doesn't allow for two apps to run simultaneously on the screen. Instead, it allows you to pull in a secondary app from the side of the screen, for quick peek-in peek-out actions. While the Slide Over drawer is open, the full-screen app gets dimmed and remains inactive until the former is closed. The recent YouTube update allows the app to be placed in the small slide-in drawer.

  • Split View is the true multitasking, which allows apps to run simultaneously side by side. It's supported by iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, and the iPad Pros. In order for an app to support Split View, however, it needs to be allowed by the developer. In the case of YouTube, Google has just now allowed users to use the app in this manner. So, you can view your videos and reply to emails at the same time.

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1. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Thank you TouchWiz for making this feature famous. Next is Floating Windows.

2. bucky

Posts: 3781; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

lol you think touchwiz start this?

3. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Samsung is the first vendor to imploment MW into android phones yes.

14. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

my LG had it before samsung

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

On smartphones and tablets yes. Windowing apps have been available since Xerox made it and both Jobs and Gates borrowed it. But yes Samsung brought lots of features to Android that the Android code don't support natively. Like splitscreen, which appeared on the original Note and then the S3. No other brand of phone did such, not even Windows Mobile. TouchWiz supports so many things which is why Samsung brand leads the pack due to useful differentiation from others. This is why Blackberry said they didn't choose Android because they didn't want to be just another OEM. Samsung proved you don't have to be just another. There phones even old come with so many features, it does matter if other phones get 50 updates, they will all still.do less especially ones from Apple. Though I would say the S3 was a bit to tiny for such a feature. The s4 was sorta OK for itsbsize. But the S5 is where this feature really became useful and the Note 2 and 3. The floating video window also first appeared on the Galaxy Note II I believe. Of course you all claimed these features were useless and gimmicky. Now that Apple has them, as per usual now you will think it's useful. Lol. Thank God Samsung is nothing like any other OEM especially Apple. Welcome to 2011 Apple/YouTube.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Such facts would elude you since you seem to only frequent this site. The site that won't tell you anything good about Samsung if they can help it and praise Apple to the highest heights.

7. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

6. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Yes it was

8. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

TouchWiz was the first implement it on mobile devices.

13. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 725; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

And even now, It eats a lot of storage for every brand new samsung galaxy phones. Plus, also eats a lot of ram even if left unused.

9. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

Hooray! This is a very nice improvement. And I don't care who's copycatting who, I'm just glad that I'll be able to multitask with youtube. Does anyone know if they also added support for displaying videos in a pop-up?

10. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

The only thing that makes me not want to buy an iPad is that it's not possible to have two Safari-windows except downloading another browser :lol:

11. fyah_king unregistered

Enjoying this on my s7 edge.

12. TheOriginal

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Anyone else notice that instead of seeing an ad every 5 videos they now show ads on 2/3 videos... trying to sell red

15. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

Samsung's had this since the Galaxy Note (Galaxy S3 era)... 2012! Where's the article on that?! Bias much?

16. g2a5b0e unregistered

There were articles on that...almost 4 years ago when those features debuted on those devices, but what exactly does that have to do with this article? No one claimed this was the first time this had been done. You fanboys are so quick to shout out bias when you're clearly biased yourself. Hating for no reason just makes you sound dumb.

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