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How to Use YouTube Picture-in-Picture on iPhone

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YouTube on Android has had picture-in-picture support for several years, but the iPhone app lagged behind. That finally changed, and you can now watch YouTube in a tiny floating window on your iPhone or iPad, too.

It was a long journey for iOS and iPadOS devices to get picture-in-picture for YouTube. The feature started out as an experiment for Premium subscribers in August 2021. A few months later, the experiment ended. In July 2022, Google started rolling it out for real.

The first thing we need to do is make sure your iPhone or iPad has “Start PiP Automatically” enabled. To do so, open the Settings app.

Next, go to “General.”

Now select—you guessed it—“Picture in Picture.”

Make sure “Start PiP Automatically” is toggled on.

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How to Use Picture-in-Picture

Using picture-in-picture mode is actually very easy. The feature is enabled by default once you get it. So all you need to do is watch a video and swipe up on the bottom of the screen to go home. The video will shrink down to a floating mini-player.

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It’s really as easy as that. You can move the mini-player around the screen, tap the “X” to close it, or return to the video in the YouTube app.

If you want to double-check to make sure picture-in-picture is enabled or turn it off, you can do so in the YouTube settings under General > Picture-in-Picture and toggle it on or off.

That’s all there is to it! Picture-in-Picture is a great feature to have on a phone or tablet. Now you enjoy YouTube on your Apple device while being able to do other things at the same time.

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Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa is a Staff Writer at How-To Geek. He has been covering consumer technology for over a decade and previously worked as Managing Editor at XDA-Developers. Joe loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has written thousands of articles, hundreds of tutorials, and dozens of reviews. Read Full Bio »