For quite a while, Android users have enjoyed watching YouTube videos in the much-loved picture-in-picture mode. The feature was released on Android Oreo (Android 8) and is available for more than three years.
And after a long, long time, iOS users will finally be able to use the same. In a statement to MacRumors, YouTube has said that the picture-in-picture mode is finally coming to the iPhone and the iPad.
Picture-in-Picture (PiP) allows users to watch YouTube videos in a small mini player while simultaneously browsing outside of the YouTube app on their mobile device. We’re starting to roll out PiP for YouTube Premium members on iOS and plan to launch PiP for all US iOS users as well.
However, Android users need not buy a YouTube Premium subscription to use the feature. Google has said that the feature will be eventually available to all YouTube users in the near future. If you want to use the feature, just open and play a video of your choice.
After that, go to the home screen, and you will see the PiP mode. Like Android, users have the option to resize the video player and move it around similar to its Android counterpart. If you want to continue playing the video in the background, you will need YouTube Premium on both iOS and Android.