O YouTube released on Thursday (1), the display of videos with the picture-in-picture (PiP) feature in iOS 14 browsers to all users. The feature, which reproduces the contents of the streaming platform’s website in a floating window, works in Safari and in browsers such as Chrome and Firefox for iPhone and iPad.
The feature is available again on the streaming platform’s website to users after being limited to YouTube Premium subscribers. Now, the function can be used directly by a browser for iPhone or iPad with iOS 14 installed, and without having to subscribe to the streaming service to access this video playback mode.
How to view YouTube videos in PiP on iOS 14
In tests carried out by the Tecnoblog on the morning of this Friday (2), it was possible to play videos in PiP mode on the iPhone and iPad, via Safari, Firefox and Google Chrome, with iOS 14.0 and iOS 14.0.1, respectively. In both cases, the feature was available even without logging in with the Google account on the service.
Using the feature is simple. To activate it, just put the video in full screen and press the button that activates the picture-in-picture mode, as shown in the image below. Then, the video will be played in a floating window, which will remain on display even if you minimize the browser and open WhatsApp, for example.
The YouTube app for iPad and iPhone, however, does not yet support the feature. In late August, some users reported that they had access to the miniplayer for Apple’s new mobile operating system, but to a limited extent. There is still no information about the release of the tool to the iOS 14 app.
The feature is now available on the Android app for YouTube Premium subscribers.
iOS 14 brings picture-in-picture to iPhone
IOS 14 is the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. The update not only adds a new look to the home screen, but brings the native picture-in-picture to the iPhone to play videos in small floating windows, even with apps minimized.
Revealed on June 22, during WWDC 2020, the operating system reached its final version on September 16, 2020, right after the event that introduced new iPads and Apple Watches. The update is available for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus and newer generations of Apple phones.