How to Use Picture-in-Picture Mode in iOS 11 on iPad

You can make the most of your all-time favorite videos while still chatting with your friends or writing an important email thanks to Picture-in-Picture multitasking. Follow this quick guide to enable/disable PiP mode on your iPad running iOS 11.

The Picture in Picture mode is one of the most significant features that iOS 11 has got for iPad. It lets you continue to create notes or chat with your friends while enjoying videos. In other words, PiP mode allows you to kill two birds with one stone! Though the process of using PiP mode on iPad Pro running iOS 11 is quite easy, some of the folks who are new to the ecosystem might not find it straightforward. If you are one of them, follow this easy guide to master this important feature to bolster your productivity.

You can quickly adjust, control and reposition the PiP window as desired. Just in case, you find the Picture-in-Picture video a bit distracting, tuck it away from the screen—without closing it. Even better, if you don’t like this feature at all and often enable it unintentionally, you can completely turn it off as well.

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How to Use Picture-in-Picture Mode in iOS 11 on iPad

So far following apps support PiP.

  • Default Video Player
  • Amazon
  • ESPN
  • HBO Go
  • MLB
  • Netflix
  • NHL
  • Pocket
  • Showtime
  • Vudu

How to Enable/Use Picture-in-Picture Mode on iPad in iOS 11

Note: Though PiP mode came in iOS 9, it hasn’t yet been available in many video apps and web services. So, make sure the app supports this feature.

Step #1. Open any video app on your iPad (We tried this with stock video app.)

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Step #2. Next, you need to Play the video.

Step #3. Now, tap on the PiP button to activate picture-in-picture mode.

Enable Picture in Picture Mode on iPad in iOS 11Picture in Picture Mode in iOS 11 on iPhone

It is automatically triggered if you leave a PiP-enabled app while the video is playing.

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How to Reposition PiP Window on iPad Running iOS 11

Step #1. Just touch one finger down on the PiP.

Step #2. Now, drag the video to any corner of the screen.

Reposition PiP Window on iPad Running iOS 11

How to Resize the Picture-in-Picture Window on iPad

Step #1. First off, you need to touch two fingers down on the PiP video.

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Step #2. To shrink the video, simply pinch your fingers together.

Step #3. To expand the video, just spread your fingers apart.

Resize the Picture-in-Picture Window on iPad in iOS 11

How to Remove the PiP Window from the iPad Screen

There is also an option to remove the PiP video from the screen, without closing it. Later, you can quickly bring it back on the screen by simply dragging its small tab.

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Step #1. Just touch one finger down on the PiP.

Step #2. Now, you need to swipe the PiP video to sideways off the screen.

Hide Picture-in-Picture Video on iPad in iOS 11

In case, you wish to see it again, tap on the PiP handle.

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Unhide PiP Video in iOS 11 on iPad

How to Control the Picture-in-Picture Video on iPad

PiP pane has three buttons to let you comfortably control the video.

Play/pause: To play or pause the video.

Return to an app: Tap on the icon with two rectangles and an arrow to return the video to its original app and restore it to full screen.

Close: To end the video playback.

Control Picture-in-Picture Video on iPad in iOS 11

How to Disable PiP video on iPad in iOS 11

If you leave PiP video, Picture-in-Picture starts automatically. I find it very helpful as it lets you quickly get started. But if you don’t like PiP or often activate this feature unintentionally, there is an option to completely turn it off.

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iPad.

Tap on Settings in iOS 11 on iPad Pro

Step #2. Tap on General → Tap on Multitasking.

Tap on Settings Then Multitasking in iPad Pro

Step #3. Turn off the switch next to Persistent Video Overlay.

Disable Picture-in-Picture Mode in iOS 11

Your Take!

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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