YouTube is carrying a long-awaited feature to its iPhone application: picture-in-picture (PiP). All Premium subscribers will soon have access to the watcher, and YouTube says it intends to enable PiP for all iOS clients in the US.
“Picture-in-Picture allows users to watch YouTube videos in a small mini player while simultaneously browsing outside of the YouTube app on their mobile device,” a YouTube spokesperson told Engadget. “We’re starting to roll out PiP for YouTube Premium members on iOS, and plan to launch PiP for all US iOS users as well.”
Apple carried PiP to iPhone last year as part of iOS 14. Numerous video streaming applications as of now support the feature, including Netflix, Twitch, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and Apple TV. Despite the fact that it has supported PiP on Android since 2018, YouTube had been a prominent holdout on iOS until its shift in perspective, which was first revealed by MacRumors.
A few iOS clients found workarounds to watch YouTube through PiP. It has at times worked by means of the YouTube mobile website and a few people have gotten to it through Shortcuts. YouTube hasn’t uncovered the timetable for the PiP rollout, yet eventually those workarounds will at this point don’t be required.
PiP support on the YouTube application is long overdue, and it’s ideal to see that it will not be only for Premium individuals, in any event in the US.