Google has introduced that YouTube’s picture-in-picture mode for iOS and iPadOS, which helps you to watch movies in a floating window whereas utilizing different apps, is rolling out to more folks. According to a community post on Monday, folks operating iOS 15 ought to begin seeing the function quickly, although there is some fragmentation in its availability.
YouTube Premium subscribers ought to be getting entry to the function regardless of the place on the planet they reside — so long as its an area where you can actually get YouTube Premium, after all — and they’ll have the option to use it to watch any kind of content material. For non-paying YouTube users, YouTube solely mentions that picture-in-picture is obtainable within the US. Within the US, although, the corporate says that “everyone using the YouTube app on iPhone and iPad” will get the function however that it’ll solely be useable for “non-music content.” If you employ Android, you’ve in all probability had this feature for years, and YouTube says that nothing is altering about it immediately.
it is occurring! ✨ picture-in-picture is slowly rolling out for YouTube on iPhone & iPad, & similar to on Android, will probably be avail to:
Premium members globally &
non-Premium members in US (non-music solely)
— CrewYouTube (@CrewYouTube) July 11, 2022
This information could also be barely complicated to some Premium subscribers (like myself) who’ve been ready to entry picture-in-picture mode for fairly some time by way of a variety of methods. In June 2021, the company said the function was making its method to the app for paying prospects and that it deliberate on bringing picture-in-picture to its free users as properly. By August, it was obtainable as an experimental function that Premium subscribers might allow. Then, in April 2022, YouTube ended the experiment, making it so users would not have the option to enroll to use the function. At the time, the company said it could have more particulars to share on the function “soon.”
All that is to say that it’s been a little bit of a bumpy highway to get to this announcement immediately (although, once more, a few of us enabled it final yr and have been utilizing it ever since). YouTube does acknowledge that in its tweets and weblog submit, saying it acknowledges that it’s “been a slow roll out for a highly requested feature.” The firm has additionally given itself some wiggle room for this section to take some time, too — its tweet says that the function is “slowly rolling out,” although its weblog submit is a bit more particular, saying that it ought to be coming “over the next several days.”
To see whether or not you’ve gotten entry to the function, go to the YouTube app, strive enjoying a video and then leaving the YouTube app to go to your property display screen or one other app. If picture-in-picture is enabled to your account, the video ought to routinely pop out right into a floating window. You may examine for the function by tapping your profile image within the high proper of the YouTube app, going to Settings > General, and checking for a toggle labeled “Picture-in-picture.”