When iOS 9 arrived with iPad specific “Picture-in-Picture” mode in 2015, I really appreciated the feature. The ability to let you use more than one app simultaneously with optimum convenience is multitasking at its very best. As for instance, you can watch your favorite video while using other apps at the same time.
Then, Picture-in-Picture mode arrived with macOS Sierra in 2016. You can watch any video; continue to chat with your friends without needing to quit the app in which you are working all at once on your Mac running macOS Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, and Catalina.
Even though YouTube’s player doesn’t officially work with PiP, you can easily enable this feature for your YouTube videos on Safari using a smart feature. Here is how it works:
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- Picture-in-Picture is supported in Safari and Chrome web browsers. However, for Chrome, users needs to use an extension (see the last method).
- Your Mac must be running macOS Sierra and newer versions to let you use PiP.
How to Enable Picture-in-Picture for YouTube Videos in macOS Sierra and Newer Versions
Step #1. First off, you need to launch Safari on your Mac running macOS Sierra.
Step #2. Next up, head over to YouTube.com.
Step #3. Now, you have to right click on the video that you want to detach.
Step #5. Finally, you will need to click on the Enter Picture-in-Picture.
The video has been detached. Enjoy watching your favorite video in PiP mode on your Mac. You can dock video in one of the four corners of your Mac screen, resize it or even lend always-on-top property to it.
Disable the PiP Mode
If you want to disable the PiP mode, simply click on the tiny icon displayed at the bottom of the video.
macOS Sierra has quite a lot of interesting features including Siri, auto unlocks, universal copy and paste and more. No wonder, it has received positive reviews from both fans and tech experts.
How to Use Picture-in-Picture for YouTube in Chrome
Instead of Safari, if you regularly use Chrome on your Mac to watch YouTube or other videos, you can use an extension named Picture-in-Picture Extension (by Google) from the Chrome Web Store to enable this feature. After installing and activating the extension, head over to YouTube or a video site and click on a video. Now, click on the Picture-in-Picture Extension icon from top right corner.
One advantage of using this extension is that you can not only place the PiP video on four corners (like when enabled via Safari) but anywhere on the screen. Yes! Anywhere, even the middle of the screen!
To play the video back in the actual Chrome tab where it originally was, simply take your mouse pointer on the PiP video and click on the square with a diagonal arrow.
That’s all viewers!
What is your take?
So, this is how you can play videos in Picture-in-Picture mode on your Mac using Safari or Chrome. This is handy and I use it all the time. I play a movie online that I have already watched and using PiP I place it in one corner of my screen while I work on Word documents or discuss something with my office colleagues on Slack. Sometimes, I play my favorite YouTube song playlist in this mode.