YouTube announced last June that Picture-in-Picture (PiP) was coming to its iPhone and iPad apps. And wide availability is now just a few days away for Premium subscribers globally and free users in the United States.
YouTube is now ready to widely launch PiP support “over the next several days” for devices running iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 or higher.
Once rolled out to your phone or tablet, there will be a “Picture-in-picture” toggle under Settings > General, while YouTube Premium will still offer background play where you just hear audio without any video.
YouTube PiP availability
In terms of availability, all paying YouTube Premium members on iPhone and iPad around the world “will have access to PiP for all content, (both music and non-music).”
- To turn on the feature, go to Settings > General in your YouTube app and turn-on Picture-in-picture. If you don’t turn on PiP, you’ll still be able to use background play by default (based on your feedback from our experiments)!
In the United States, PiP is available to free users but only for “non-music content,” while advertising will continue to show.
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