YouTube releases Picture-in-Picture Mode for Free!

Normally, if you aren’t a YouTube Premium member, you will have to stay on the YouTube app to watch your favorite videos.

This is a common problem for all YouTube lovers. People want to listen to the videos when their phone’s screen is off or at least while they are on other apps. You can come across many who tend to keep their mobile screens on and waste their battery but they aren’t even looking at the screen.

In order to avoid this problem, YouTube started their Premium Membership but obviously most of us hesitate to pay.
Well, the android users in US would not have to worry about the problem anymore. This is because on the 27th of June, 2018, Google has clarified on their Support page about YouTube’s Picture-In-Picture feature which is going to be available for these US users for FREE.

“Note: Picture-in-picture is currently only available in the U.S. on Android mobile devices running Android version 8.0 Oreo or above. PiP mode for videos that contain music content is only available for YouTube Premium members.”

Thus, this means just about 5.7% of the android users can use this free PiP feature as of now.

What is Picture-In-Picture mode?

The Picture-In-Picture mode was first introduced in the month of May, 2017. This feature, also known as PiP, works in a very simple manner.

PiP basically shrinks that particular YouTube video into a type of player. This player can be moved around in the entire width of the screen, among various other apps.

A simple example to understand this is to witness YouTube itself. Just like when you open a particular video, but you minimize it in order to search for other videos within the app or go to the homepage of your account.
Thus, similarly with this PiP feature, you can enjoy watching your favorite videos while you’re still chatting with your friend, or browsing on Google, etc.

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How to use the YouTube PiP feature?

It is quite easy to use the Picture-In-Picture feature. Just follow these steps –

  • Go to YouTube and click on the video you want to watch.
  • Now tap on the Android “Home” button.

That’s it, now you would be able to see the shrunk PiP window, which can be dragged to anywhere on the screen of various other apps.

If you want to go back to viewing that video completely, then just double click on the PiP window.

In order to close the PiP window, you can either drag the window to the bottom of the screen or you can tap the window, and then click on “X” at the corner of the window.

Usually the PiP feature is turned ON by default for the Android 8.0 (Oreo or above) users. But in case it isn’t, you can do the following –

Android Settings > Apps & Notifications > Advanced > Special access > Picture-in-Picture > Select YouTube > turn on “Allow picture-in-picture.

YouTube Premium Members have another advantage of listening to the videos as well as YouTube music when the screen is OFF.
But Google might bring this feature to all users soon. Hence, we can only wait.

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Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha, commonly known as "nav", loves to read, play badminton, play the keyboard and sing but when she's not doing any of those, she loves to write. What started as a high school hobby to write is now her ongoing passion.

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