How to Play Youtube Videos Picture in Picture Mode on iPhone

Even with iOS 14 officially incorporating Picture in Picture mode, the luxury YouTube PiP Mode might be restricted to YouTube Premium subscribers. However, we have a smart hack that might help you to play YouTube videos in Picture in Picture mode on the iPhone.

The workaround uses Apple’s default browser Safari or Chrome. With the iOS 14 & iPadOS 14, Safari has gained PiP mode support. And we are going to use it to our benefit.

What’s great is that the hack is pretty simple, effective, and allows you to multitask like a pro.

How to Watch YouTube Videos in PiP Mode in iOS 14

  1. Open YouTube on your Safari or Chrome browser and play any video
  2. Now, tap on the Full-Screen icon from the bottom right of the video.tap on full screen icon in youtube video in safari on iphone
  3. Select the PiP mode from the top-left corner to enable the feature.
    Note: You can also swipe to Home Screen on iPhone with FaceID or Press Home Button (iPhone with Touch ID) to enable the PiP mode.tap on pip mode icon to watch youtube videos in pip mode on iphone running iOS 14

And that’s not all! You can also play around with the minimized video to suit your precise requirements.

Move the Video – Simply hold & drag the minimized video anywhere on the screen.

move minimized youtube video on iphone screen

Resize the Video – Pinch the minimized window to zoom in or out.

resize video playing in pip mode on iphone

Listen in Background – What’s great is you can also hide or tuck the video to the side. While hidden from the view, you can still enjoy its audio of the Video.

Just swipe the video towards the corner to minimize it and tap on the arrow to bring it back.swipe video to play in background on iphone

Disable PiP Mode – Click on the PiP Mode icon on the top-right of the minimized screen to go back to fullscreen.

tap on pip mode icon to go back to full screen mode in youtube video on iphone

Close PiP Mode – Tap on the cross from the top-left of the minimized screen.

tap on x to close youtube video from pip mode on iphone

Disable Auto-PiP Mode – PiP mode is auto-enabled in supportive apps when you navigate to Home Screen. However, you may not want it to invoke only when you tap the PiP mode icon.

There is a handy trick for that as well, go to SettingsGeneralPicture in Picturetoggle off Start PiP Automatically. After this, the video will stop playing when you move out of the app, like before.

disable picture in picture mode on iphone running ios 14

That’s it!

Video: How to Play YouTube Video in PiP Mode on iPhone

Wrapping up

Until now you have to use a third-party app to make do with listening to the YouTube video in the background. But thankfully, iOS 14 makes the task much easier.

You can now watch or listen to YouTube videos while checking emails, surfing Safari, or using any other app. We totally love it, what about you guys. Let us know your feedback in the comments below.

How to Use YouTube in Picture-in-Picture Mode on iPhone

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Arshmeet Hora
A self-professed iGeek who loves to explore all things Apple. I thoroughly enjoy discovering new hacks, troubleshooting issues, and finding and reviewing the best products and apps currently available. My expertise also includes curating opinionated and honest editorials. If not this, you might find me surfing the web or listening to audiobooks.


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