YouTube Says iOS Picture-in-Picture Coming to All Users 'in a Matter of Days' [Updated]

Following a lengthy testing period, YouTube's picture-in-picture support for iOS will begin rolling out in the next few days, allowing all users, including non-premium and premium subscribers, to close the YouTube app and continue watching their video in a small pop-up window.
YouTube Picture in Picture Feature

Google in June announced that picture-in-picture support would be rolling out to both premium and non-paying YouTube app users in the U.S., but many people outside the country have been able to get it working, so the company could be making it globally available.

Only YouTube Premium subscribers have had access to picture-in-picture mode on iOS as an "experimental feature," and at one stage this was interpreted to mean it would remain a premium-only feature, until Google clarified that it would eventually be coming to all users in the country.

On Sunday, in a tweeted response to a user having problems accessing the experimental feature, YouTube said picture in picture would be available in "a matter of days" for devices running iOS 15 and later.


For those unfamiliar with the feature, picture-in-picture allows videos to be watched while using other apps. When watching a video, users can tap the picture-in-picture button to move the video to a smaller window that floats over the Home Screen or other apps.

YouTube has extended the testing period for the feature several times in an effort to improve the experience before an official launch, and it now appears that the company is almost ready for it to go live.

The availability of YouTube picture-in-picture has been back and forth, with the feature sometimes working via the YouTube website on Safari. Some users have resorted to Shortcuts to turn off built-in parameters on the YouTube site that disables picture-in-picture. But with official support just around the corner, those workarounds will no longer be needed.

Update: YouTube has clarified its earlier comment about the rollout "in a matter of days," and said that it was made in reference to YouTube TV, not YouTube.

"What's currently being rolled out is the YouTube TV picture-in-picture for iOS 15+ devices," YouTube said on Twitter. "If you're referring to the YouTube app, it's only available to Premium members on Android mobile phones.

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Top Rated Comments

Kylo83 Avatar
25 months ago
All I want is dark mode to automatically turn on when system goes into dark mode it’s shocking it doesn’t already
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fwmireault Avatar
25 months ago
It’s unclear if and when people outside US will get PiP, but I see absolutely no reason why we could not have it if everybody in US can… it’s a system feature
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RamGuy Avatar
25 months ago

PiP is one of those FaaS (feature as a service) that people actually subscribe to YouTube Premium for. And it will no longer have any attraction whatsoever if this rumour becomes a reality.
I find it stupid to limit essential features like this behind a paywall. But I'm already a YouTube Premium subscriber, not because of PiP, because of no ads. Sure I could use an adblocker, but that's difficult when watching a lot using tvOS on Apple TV and whatnot. I also prefer to not block ads on YouTube, I would much rather that all the content creators that put out hours upon hours of content I consume at least get some kind of payment instead of me simply blocking all the ads with an adblocker. Paying for YouTube Premium won't help them much, but at least it's something instead of nothing.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dmylrea Avatar
25 months ago

I find it stupid to limit essential features like this behind a paywall.
That made me laugh. There's nothing essential about YouTube.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
25 months ago
Right ... just like system dark mode is for everyone. I still do not have it and I have been a paying customer (granted, via India) for like 2 years. I had it for literally 2 minutes at some point and it went away again ?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chfilm Avatar
25 months ago
Wow. Unbelievable it took them so long!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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