YouTube picture-in-picture feature coming to non-Red/Premium users in U.S.

YouTube picture-in-picture feature coming to non-Red/Premium users in U.S.
It's true that Google added the PiP (picture-in-picture) mode to YouTube for more than a year, but the feature was exclusively available to those who would subscribe to services like Red or Premium.

However, it appears that Google had a change of heart and decided to bring the picture-in-picture feature to non-Red/Premium users in the United States. Unfortunately, we don't have any reports confirming the availability of the feature to users outside the U.S., although Google may continue to roll it out to other territories in the coming days.

In order to enable PiP in YouTube, you'll need to use the new toggle in the app's settings menu. The toggle seems to be added via a server-side update, so you might not even be aware that it's there. Of course, if it's not, it means that Google hasn't yet enabled it on your phone.

It's worth mentioning that since the uploader of a YouTube video has the option to disable PiP mode, many videos will not work with the feature even if you have it enabled on your phone.

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11 Comments

1. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I've had that feature for several months now on my XL2 and I'm not a RED/Premium subscriber.

4. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Too bad that iOS users won't get this feature for a very long time and will call this a gimmick until Google blesses em with it. Then winners AKA iZealots like kiko da Kellyanne Conway of PA, piyath, apple-rulz, whatev, midan, umaru-chan & Leo_MC will claim that Apple invented this feature with a straight face and maybe even YouTube, too.

6. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Man, you and the other trolls literally foam at the mouth and revolve around Apple.

8. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

You iMad that I left your iMorona$$ out or something? No one said anything bad about Apple and this iDefender came out no where foaming at the mouth lol Apple's the greatest! You iHappy now? Now go stare at the notch.

10. ShadowUnleashed

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 08, 2018

"Stare at the notch" XD

2. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

YouTube Vanced.

3. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Or you could download YouTube Vanced and get it now and for free. You get the same official app, with dark mode, pip, playback in background and even while your phone is off. I've been using it for 2+ months now, no bugs what so ever, something I would have never said about the official app.

7. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Thanks for the suggestion. Not out for iOS :(

9. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You can't find it in the Play Store either, you'll have to download and sideload it from XDA. And you're very welcome :)

5. warrenellis93

Posts: 544; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

I pressed home on my s7 while watching youtube and it went home but kept youtube in a small window, just started today. Deffinitely like that feature

11. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Would that be a usable feature? Can't see myself using PIP in Youtube.. One video at the time..

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