Google on Tuesday introduced an “experimental” image feature in the image for its iOS YouTube app that allows premium users to view video content using other apps.
Currently, the image mode in the image is limited to YouTube premium users and is considered an experimental feature, which means it must be activated manually before use. When enabled, this feature allows users to reduce the YouTube viewing window to “Money Player” which sits on top of other apps.
To take advantage of PIP, subscribers must first log in to their Google account, visit YouTube.com/new and go to the “Picture in Picture on iOS” experience. Selecting “Try it” activates this account’s option.
Next, open the YouTube app on the iPhone and play the video, users press or hold the Home button to close the app and show the mini player. The video will continue to play in the small PIP pane.
YouTube says that locking the screen stops the video, although content can be restarted through the lock screen control.
9 to 5 Google. The feature was announced earlier today.
YouTube announced in July the introduction of PIP mode for US users of its premium service. The company supported and disabled the image in iOS 14 several times in 2020, although today’s release shows that a permanent solution is in the works.
The PIP experience is limited to the iPhone and expires on October 31.