YouTube rolls out ‘picture-in-picture’ feature for multitasking iPhone and iPad users

Virgin Radio

18 Jul 2022, 09:20

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You know that frustrating feeling. You’re watching a YouTube video on your phone when you remember you need to send a message, but the only way to do it is to close the YouTube app and therefore bring an end to your viewing enjoyment. Well, that’s about to change, as YouTube has brought out a function that allows you to watch videos on your iPhone while doing other things.

Yes, in this age where we’re always multitasking, YouTube’s picture-in-picture feature means that, rather than closing, videos will continue to play in a floating window while you get on with doing other stuff on your phone. 

The new feature will be available on the iPhone or iPad, for premium members worldwide and non-premium users in the US for all non-music related videos. There is no mention of the feature being available to non-premium users outside of the US at this stage.

If you are an Android user, there’s a good chance that you’ve had this feature on your phone for a while already, and now iOS users are joining the club. YouTube took to Twitter to share the news, saying: “It's happening! Picture-in-picture is slowly rolling out for YouTube on iPhone & iPad, & just like on Android, will be avail to: Premium members globally & non-Premium members in US (non-music only). It’s been a long time coming.”

The picture-in-picture feature is available to ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ devices which run iOS and iPadOS 15 and higher. If that’s you, here’s how you can set this up…

If you're a Premium member, simply open up your YouTube app and go to Settings. Then click General and turn on picture-in-picture. 

Then you can simply swipe from the bottom to cause the video to continue playing in a pop-out mini-player. You can then move it around your home screen while you get on with doing other stuff on your device.