YouTube is starting to roll out picture-in-picture mode on iOS. For the time being, it will be available to Premium users in the US.
Picture-in-picture is a handy feature on YouTube that lets people watch videos in a small mini player while they browse other apps. Android users have had the feature for some time, but now YouTube is bringing it to iOS users as well.
According to a recent statement to MacRumors, picture-in-picture is now rolling out to YouTube Premium subscribers on iPhone and iPad. A wider rollout to all US users is planned for later in the year, contrary to previous speculations that it would only be made available to paying subscribers.
Apple has supported PiP on iPad since iOS9 and on iPhone since iOS14, but few apps have taken advantage of the feature – at least on iOS.
On Android, YouTube users have had PiP since 2019. While it works on Safari on iOS (for Premium subscribers), it wasn’t available on the YouTube app up until now.
YouTube has not set a specific date for the widespread rollout to all users on iOS, but we’ll stay tuned – we’ll update this article when this happens.
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