Google Chrome now enables picture-in-picture as a default setting on Mac, Windows, and Linux computers as of Chrome 70. If you are up-to-date and watching a compatible video in the Chrome web browser, you can minimize it and continue browsing the web in other tabs, while the video keeps playing in a new miniature screen (via Android Police).

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The feature works similarly to Safari's implementation of PIP: on compatible websites you can two-finger click twice on a playing video to find "Picture in Picture." This will pause the video on the main tab, turn it black, and display the video in a new window that can be moved around anywhere on the screen.

PIP was previously in the Chrome 69 beta but it had to be manually enabled, so it appears that Google is making it easier for users to gain access to the feature with Chrome 70. PIP still isn't available on every video-playing website since it will have to be adopted by each site, but you can enable PIP with YouTube in Chrome on macOS starting today.

Tags: Google, Chrome

Top Rated Comments

StellarVixen Avatar
73 months ago
They can even introduce browsing the interstellar internet for all I care, that evil is not gonna touch my Mac, ever again.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eddy Munn Avatar
73 months ago
Why are they not using the built-in API's for PIP? It's a rather unappealing integration. For example, I can't put a video over a full-screen app.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kuwxman Avatar
73 months ago
Imagine that. A Google related post and people ******** on the company. It got old a long time ago.

As someone who uses Chrome every day at work, this is a great addition!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
luvbug Avatar
73 months ago
Oh boy, an update to another piece of Google Personal Spyware.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Virtual Steve Avatar
73 months ago
It would be nice to get pip for Safari in Netflix - I don't want to use Safari for this feature!
There's a free Mac app called Friendly Streaming that lets you stream Netflix (and YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, twitch TV, HBO, ShowTime, etc.) in a standalone app without ever having to launch Safari. And it can be also be viewed in a PIP window while you're using other apps. I have no affiliation with the company or the developers - it's just something that I found because I was looking for a way to view Netflix and YouTube without having to use Safari.

It's available on the Mac App Store, if you're interested...



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Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DipDog3 Avatar
73 months ago
Would recommend not using Chrome, Google automatically signs you in on Chrome and doesn’t respect your privacy settings.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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