YouTube Picture in Picture [Know the Basics]

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Melissa Lee updated on May 10, 2024 | Home > Glossary and Terms

YouTube is popular among people who like to share and watch videos, movies, etc. In order to give people a better experience, YouTube offers a picture-in-picture function. What is it? Should you use it? This post will give you basic information.

What is YouTube Picture in Picture?

In short, Picture-in-picture (PiP) on YouTube shrinks a video into a small player window. In this case, you can keep watching the video while using other apps on your mobile device. Of course, you can also use it to keep playing a video while looking for other videos from the main YouTube interface.

How to Use YouTube Picture-in-Picture?

To use the YouTube Picture-in-Picture feature, you need to change the settings on your device first. Below are the steps to allow the Picture-in-Picture feature on your phone.

For Android:

  1. 1. Go to your Android settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced > Special app access > Picture-in-picture.
  2. 2. Tap on YouTube > Allow picture-in-picture.
  3. 3. Go to your YouTube app settings > General > Toggle Picture-in-Picture on.

For iPhone & iPad:

  1. 1. Go to your iOS device settings > General > Picture-in-picture.
  2. 2. Tap Start PiP Automatically.
  3. 3. Go to your YouTube app settings  > General > Toggle Picture-in-Picture on.

Now, you can watch a YouTube video and exit it without closing the playing window.

The Bottom Line

Now you know what YouTube Picture-in-Picture is and how to use it for a better experience. If you think this post is helpful, share it with more people.


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Updated by Melissa Lee

Melissa is a sophisticated editor for EaseUS in tech blog writing. She is proficient in writing articles related to screen recording, video editing, and PDF file conversion. Also, she's starting to write blogs about data recovery, disk partitioning, data backup, etc.

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