YouTube picture-in-picture mode is now live in the US

YouTube picture-in-picture mode is now live in the US
The Android YouTube app has had PiP (picture-in-picture) for over a year now, but the feature was reserved for paid subscribers only. After a recent change of heart on Google's part, PiP is now widely rolling out in the US, going live even for non-Premium subscribers. According to TechCrunch, the full rollout finished Monday.

As the name implies, picture-in-picture mode allows you to continue watching a YouTube video while performing other tasks on your phone. It's a useful feature, especially on bigger phones, so it's nice to see it released to a wider audience.

Once PiP goes live for you, you'll see a new Picture-in-Picture toggle in the app's settings menu. It seems to have been added via a server-side update, so you might see it pop up even if the YouTube app hasn't been updated recently. Once you switch the toggle ON, you'll be able to tap your home button and exit the YouTube app with your video still playing in a floating widget.

Image source: XDA

It's worth mentioning, however, that since content creators have the option to disable PiP mode on a per-video basis, some videos may not work with the feature even if you have it enabled on your phone.

PiP is currently available only on the Android version of the YouTube app and may never come to Apple devices, due to security restrictions in iOS that don't allow apps to behave this way (i.e. display floating widgets over other apps). 

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5 Comments

1. Macready

Posts: 1816; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

I've been able to do this for months on my S8 through Pop Up, which allows a small windowed floating view for almost every app, including YouTube.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Meanwhile normal folks the rest of the world over wait for PIP ability without a pay service or sideloaded apps. No more borders!

3. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Yup, Google/Apple doesn't understand that there actually exists countries other than the US. If you want to have the opportunity to simply buy products from them, when you're not from the US, then you're in for a potentially tough time. It's laughable. Imagine how long you would have to wait for software/features to hit any other country than the US, when you can't even hand them your money to buy their products. They are both absolutely and utterly dreadful at distribution.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

See this for months. I had no idea it was a premium only feature.

5. gerald0513

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 18, 2016

My old galaxy note 5 can do this years ago.

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