YouTube Website's Picture-in-Picture Works Again in iOS 14.5 Beta

YouTube's website appears to support picture-in-picture (PiP) again in the latest iOS 14.5 beta for iPhone, although how long it will continue to work for is anybody's guess.

YouTube Picture in Picture
Tests show it works in Safari as well as third-party browsers like Chrome and Firefox by expanding a video to play fullscreen, and then tapping the small picture-in-picture icon in the top-left of the interface.

Then you can minimize the browser and use other apps while continuing to watch the video in a frame that can be moved around the screen or slid out of sight if you just want to listen to the audio.

Apple added PiP support to the iPhone with the release of iOS 14, which allowed users to watch videos on YouTube's website as well as on a host of other websites in the miniaturized format.

Following the release of iOS 14 in September, YouTube moved quickly to nix the ability to watch videos in PiP mode on its website unless the user logged in with a YouTube Premium subscription. In early October, however, YouTube mysteriously restored PiP support for videos on its website.

Then, only days later, support once again vanished.


It's not clear what has caused YouTube website PiP support to be reinstated in the latest iOS 14.5 beta, but it's likely that changes in Apple's system-level code has broken whatever method YouTube implemented on its website to make the feature non-functional.

If that's the case, there's good reason to believe that YouTube will move to disable the support yet again.

YouTube's native app has never supported PiP for any of its users even though iOS 14 has offered the capability for some time. There have been reports that YouTube has been testing this feature, but there have been no announcements.

Top Rated Comments

LCPepper Avatar
17 months ago
It still amazes me how Google dedicates so much time to restricting how we use our own devices
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
flottenheimer Avatar
17 months ago
Such a ridiculous constraint.

You can watch Youtube in a window while doing other stuff on any MacOS or Windows computer – why that should not be possible on iOS makes no sense to me. I assume Youtubes ad-revenue doesn't suffer no matter the size I'm viewing Youtube in. And Youtube Premium should really be attractive for other more substantial reasons than PiP on iOS.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
infinitejest Avatar
17 months ago

To be honest, I bit the bullet because I got so tired of wasting 20% of my time watching or listening to ads.
A free ad blocker will solve that.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tann Avatar
17 months ago

It still amazes me how Google dedicates so much time to restricting how we use our own devices
Kind of like Apple lol
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mnsportsgeek Avatar
17 months ago

It still amazes me how Google dedicates so much time to restricting how we use our own devices
Are you lost? Do you know where you are? Absolutely comical statement coming from an Apple fan.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
infinitejest Avatar
17 months ago

I haven’t come across any that block YouTube ads. Can you share what you use.
I use the free version of AdBlock Pro. It's available for macOS and iOS/macOS and works great.
But keep in mind that you have to use Safari (or probably any other browser) to watch YouTube videos on iOS, it won't work if you use the YouTube app.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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