How to Use iOS 14's Picture in Picture Mode to Watch YouTube Videos

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iOS 14 brings Picture in Picture mode to the iPhone, allowing movies, TV shows, and videos to be watched in a small window while you do other things on your ‌iPhone‌.


Picture in Picture Mode won't be compatible with the YouTube app until YouTube updates it with support, but for now, you can watch YouTube videos in Picture in Picture Mode through Safari.

Activating Picture in Picture Mode

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Navigate to the YouTube website.
  3. Find a video that you want to watch.
  4. Tap on the square icon at the bottom to put the YouTube media player in full screen mode.
  5. Tap on the video to display the controls.
  6. Tap on the Picture in Picture icon that looks like a larger screen with an arrow going to a smaller screen. Alternatively, double tap with two fingers on the screen or swipe upwards from the bottom of the ‌iPhone‌ to activate Picture in Picture.
  7. To continue browsing Safari while watching your video, just open another Safari tab, or swipe to get to the Home Screen to open another app.

Once Picture in Picture mode is activated, you can swipe out of Safari to do other things on your ‌iPhone‌. You can move Picture in Picture windows anywhere on the display and double tap to change the size to small, medium, or large. If you need to use your ‌iPhone‌'s full display but still want to hear the video, you can even drag the Picture in Picture window all the way off the screen.


Exiting Picture in Picture Mode

  1. Tap anywhere on the video to bring up the video controls.
  2. Tap on the Picture in Picture icon in the upper right side of the window. You can also double tap on the video with two fingers.
  3. Alternatively, if you're done watching the video, tap on the "X" to close it entirely.

For more on how Picture in Picture mode works with apps, the web, and FaceTime, make sure to check out our Picture in Picture guide.

Related Roundups: iOS 14, iPadOS 14

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3 weeks ago


iOS updates are a scam. Apple brags about 99% of users on latest ios version but apps don't take advantage of new iOS features.

That’s not Apple’s fault. That’s literally the developers fault.
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3 weeks ago


iOS 14 hasn't even been released yet, it literally just went into beta a few weeks ago so give them some time to update the app

PIP has been available on the iPad for years, and still they don’t support it. I wouldn’t expect Google to implement it on the iPhone quickly. I just have zero faith that it’ll ever happen.

Solutions like the one in the article are extremely helpful. Though when I watch YouTube I tend to let it auto play the videos. After all these years of watching my up next or whatever has become really good. It sucks having to go back and forth each time a video ends.
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3 weeks ago
YouTube needs to get their **** together. I pay for premium yet I still don’t get a basic feature like this?

Edit: I should be more clear. I was referring to PIP as a whole with YouTube. I’m aware if they did miraculously decide to implement PIP it would take time to come to the iPhone. I was more so referring to them dragging their feet on the iPad side.
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3 weeks ago


iOS 14 hasn't even been released yet, it literally just went into beta a few weeks ago so give them some time to update the app

Yeah, give them some time. We've only been waiting for *checks calendar* five years for Picture in Picture to come to iPad's YouTube app.


iOS updates are a scam. Apple brags about 99% of users on latest ios version but apps don't take advantage of new iOS features.

That's the lazy developer's fault, not Apple's. They give developers all the resources they need to update.
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3 weeks ago
Just click full screen and then swipe up to go home. ✅

Picture in Picture activated
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3 weeks ago

i feel ya.. but I'm sure this will come when iOS 14 is fully released.

Doubt it, iPad has had PIP a while now and still can’t work on the app
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