Use YouTube in picture-in-picture mode on iPhone and iPad [No Jailbreak]

iOS 14 introduces a feature called Picture-in-Picture (PIP) that lets you keep a video in a floating window on top of other apps. This is ideal for keeping an eye on your favorite video or live stream while browsing the internet or reading a document on your iPhone or iPad.

Use YouTube in picture-in-picture (PIP) mode on iPhone and iPad

Unfortunately, although many of the video streaming services have made this feature available by default, YouTube is not one of them. The official YouTube app for iOS and iPadOS does not offer a PIP function. Although you can enable these using jailbreak tweaks, many users may not be familiar with jailbreaking their iOS and iPadOS devices.

However, there are still a few workarounds for using Picture-In-Picture with YouTube videos on iPhone and iPad that don’t require you to jailbreak your device.

YouTube Picture-In-Picture with the official iOS or iPadOS app [No Jailbreak]

You cannot watch videos in PIP mode using the official YouTube iOS app. Until recently, there was a workaround for this where you could use Safari on iOS to play YouTube videos and then enable PIP mode by tapping the PIP button in the top left corner while in full screen mode.

However, if you have the latest version of iOS or iPadOS on your iPhone or iPad, you may no longer be able to play YouTube video in Safari. It appears that YouTube disabled PIP in Safari. Perhaps this is a deliberate move to make PIP exclusive to premium users, and we’ve seen reports from YouTube testing the PIP functionality in the official iOS and iPadOS apps.

Thanks to the innovative community of users, we now have an iOS shortcut that can be used to reactivate YouTube PIP in Safari as well as in the official YouTube app. Here’s how to use picture-in-picture mode with YouTube videos on iPhone and iPad.

  1. Install the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad if you haven’t already.
  2. Go to iOS or iPadOS Settings >> shortcuts and make sure Allow untrusted links activated.
  3. From your iPhone or iPad, go to the YouTube page with the PIP and Downloader shortcuts and tap Get shortcut.
  4. After being directed to the Shortcuts app, scroll down and tap Add an untrusted shortcut.
  5. Tap on Continue and then Done to complete the link configuration wizard.
  6. Now start the YouTube app on your iPhone or iPad.
  7. Find and play a video of your choice.
  8. Tap on share Button to call up the sharing menu.
  9. Scroll to the right of the sharing options and tap “More”.
  10. Scroll down and select “YouTube PIP & Downloader”.
  11. Tap on okay in the prompt that appears.
  12. Next you will see three options to choose from. Choose PIP (first choice). The video is played in full screen mode.
  13. Tap the screen to display the playback controls.
  14. At the top left, tap the picture-in-picture button (second symbol next to the “X”). The video switches to PIP mode.
  15. At the top left, tap the picture-in-picture button (second symbol next to the “X”). The video switches to PIP mode.

Return to the home screen. The video continues to play in the corner of the screen over other apps. You can move it, resize it, or go back to full screen mode by tapping the button in the top right corner of the video frame.

Note: The same shortcut can be used to enable YouTube PIP in Safari on the iPhone and iPad. Open a YouTube video in Safari for iOS or iPad, and then tap the Share icon at the bottom of the screen. Select “YouTube PIP and Downloader” from the sharing options and follow steps 11-15 to enable YouTube PIP in Safari.

Enable YouTube Picture-In-Picture on iPhone and iPad with Chrome

Another way to use picture-in-picture mode with YouTube videos on iPhone or iPad without any link or third-party app is to use the Google Chrome browser. Chrome natively offers a button along with the usual playback controls to enable picture-in-picture with any YouTube video.

  1. Download and install Google Chrome from the App Store on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Start Chrome and go to YouTube.com.
  3. Find and play a video of your choice from YouTube in Chrome. You may be asked to sign in to your Google Account.
  4. While the video is playing, tap the full screen icon in the lower right corner of the video frame.
  5. In full screen mode, tap the screen to display the playback controls.
  6. At the top left, tap the picture-in-picture button (second symbol next to the “X”). The video switches to PIP mode.

Return to the home screen. The video continues to play in the corner of the screen over other apps. You can move it, resize it, or go back to full screen mode by tapping the button in the top right corner of the video frame.

Now you know how to enable PIP on YouTube videos while using the official app or the Safari and Chrome browsers. If you know of any other way to use picture-in-picture with YouTube videos on iPhone or iPad, let us know in the comments below.

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