How to turn on YouTube Picture In Picture for iPhone

YouTube Premium users have access to special features, including the ability to try out “experimental” features. An example of this is Picture in Picture (PIP) for YouTube on the iPhone. We’ll show you how to activate and use it.

As an “experimental” feature, the image for YouTube on the iPhone has an expiration date. After October 31, 2021, PiP for iOS will either go away or become a stable feature – the latter is the most likely result. (9to5Google notes that some people have made it work on the iPad as well.)

Related: What is YouTube Premium, and is it worth it?

First, go to a web browser such as youtube.com/new or Google Chrome. You need to sign in with a Google Account that includes your premium subscription. Scroll down to “Picture in iOS” and tap on “Try it” button.

Note: If you’re already using another experimental feature, you’ll be asked to confirm once more that you want to try Picture in Picture on iOS.

Click. "try it out."

After that, there is only one thing left to try. To insert a floating YouTube video into “Mini Player”, just swipe up or press the Home button to go to the iPhone’s home screen.

Go to the home screen to insert the video into PiP.

That’s all. You can drag the mini player around the screen, tap the “X” to turn off the player, or go back to the video in the YouTube app.

PIP video control

To turn off the Picture in Picture feature, go back to the youtube.com/new webpage and click “Off”.

Click. "Close."

It’s a little annoying that YouTube is hiding this feature behind premium subscriptions for iPhone and iPad users. This feature has been available for free on YouTube for Android for a long time. After all, it should be available to everyone on iOS and iPadOS.

Related: How to turn off annoying YouTube auto-play thumbnails on Android.

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