The picture-in-picture mode of the Youtube application for iOS entered a test phase on August 25. Reserved for premium subscribers, it allows you to watch a Youtube video in a floating window on your iPhone while using another app or browsing its interface. Here’s how to activate it on your iPhone.
Note that Apple already offers a native picture-in-picture mode since iOS 14 that only works with some apps but not Youtube, obviously.
This test phase is a new carrot from Google to persuade Youtube users to subscribe to its Premium package whose price of 12 euros per month logically cools down more than one.
How to activate the picture-in-picture (PiP) mode of the Youtube application on your iPhone
- If you are a Youtube Premium subscriber, go to https://www.youtube.com/new
- Go to Picture-in-picture on iOS
- Choose to Try
- In the Youtube application on your iPhone, launch a video
- Go back to the home screen, as if you were leaving the Youtube application
There you go, you should see the video in a floating window without interruption.
Google says the PiP mode testing period is open until October 31. In its first announcement of the launch of this new feature back in June, Google promised that all YouTube users would be able to take advantage of PiP in the US. It remains to be seen whether this promise to free users will also apply to Europe.