A few months ago, YouTube gave its Premium subscribers access to the picture-in-picture (PiP) feature on iOS and iPadOS. Remember that this feature allowed you to play videos in floating mode while other actions were running in the operating system. However, ordinary users still could not access this feature. a few hours ago, YouTube has announced the official launch of picture-in-picture (PiP) playback. In the next few hours, the function will be received by all users in the United States and it is possible that an early expansion in Europe will be considered.
So you can play a YouTube video in PiP mode on iOS and iPadOS
YouTube has been reluctant to launch Floating Playback (PiP) mode on iOS and iPadOS. However, after several months of delay, finally the feature is now available in the app for all users. Good: from the company it has been clarified that for the moment the function is available in America. The European expansion doesn’t yet have a release date, but users are encouraged to send in feedback to encourage the feature’s expansion.
iPhone and iPad users 🔊
We are happy to share that Picture in Picture is now rolling out to your iOS 15+ devices. Simply select a video to watch and swipe ⬆️ from the bottom of the screen to return to the device’s home page. The video can be scaled down and moved across your screen.
— YouTubeTV (@YouTubeTV) March 30, 2022
How to get PiP on YouTube without paying Premium (and without ads)
For activate playback in PiP mode you just need to swipe up from the bottom bar to access the home page of iOS and iPadOS. At that time, the video will be reduced in size and placed at the bottom of the screen. We can move its layout and size on the screen and to access the application again we can click on the video or on the application icon as if it were opening it.
The app is no longer available on the App Store