There are many ways to efficiently multitask on your iPad for an enhanced tablet experience. However, ever since YouTube stopped picture-in-picture mode support, users of iPadOS became helpless. If you are amongst them and are looking for a way to watch YouTube Videos in PIP Mode on iPad, we have a solution.
Though the iPad’s YouTube app supports split and slide overview, that’s not as smooth or comfortable as a PIP Mode. Therefore, users have to rely on third-party apps to watch YouTube videos in Picture in Picture mode.
How to Play YouTube Videos in PIP Mode on iPad
Surprisingly, the App Store is not brimming with apps on the matter. There are some limited options, including CornerTube – PiP for YouTube, PiP4YouTube, PiP Enabler or PiPifier. Amidst the available choices, I enjoyed the CornerTube the most. Though I won’t call it the perfect app for PIP mode.
But it’s either this or opt for YouTube Red, a premium YouTube service for ad-free and background play. While YouTube Red might be better, the CornerTube is a much cheaper one-time expense for any iPad user.
How to Use Picture-in-Picture on iPad With CornerTube App
CornerTube is a relatively simple app that lends quite a few options to watch YouTube videos in PIP mode.
- Today Widget – A widget that detects YouTube link copied to your clipboard, allowing you to access the video from Today View.
- Action Extension – The extension lets you watch YouTube videos from any app
- In-app Search – Search for a video directly from the CornerTube app.
- Play YouTube Videos with Picture-in-Picture Mode on iPad Using Today Widget
- Use Action Extension To Play YouTube Videos with Picture-in-Picture Mode
- Watch YouTube Videos with Picture-in-Picture Mode with CornerTube App
Play YouTube Videos with Picture-in-Picture Mode on iPad Via Today Widget
Step #1. First off, download CornerTube on your iPad.
Step #2. Open YouTube on your device and Tap on video.
Step #3. While the video is running, tap on the Share icon from the upper right corner.
Step #4. Select Copy Link from the menu that pops up.
Step #5. Come back to the Home Screen and access the Today View.
Step #6. The CornerTube Widget will be ready with your video, tap on the video.
Step #7. In the playing window, tap on the PiP icon from the upper left corner.
Now you can open any other app on your iPad and watch the video simultaneously. You can also use the method for other apps such as Safari. Just open Safari, select a YouTube video from any website Share → Copy, and the CornerTube Widget will have the video ready in Today View.
Note: In case you can’t see the widget, use this hack to add widgets to the home screen.
Using the Action Extension To Play YouTube Videos with Picture-in-Picture Mode
Step #1. Open YouTube or any other app → Select Video → Share icon from the upper right corner.
Step #2. Tap on the three-dot icon and select Send To CornerTube.
Step #3. The video will start playing in the new window, select the PiP icon from the upper left corner.
While this seems like a more straightforward method to access PiP mode, this causes a significant flaw. Unfortunately, the YouTube app or other apps will freeze on Opening in CornerTube message.
If you want to access the app, you will need to force close YouTube on your tablet and then reopen the app.
Open YouTube Videos with Picture-in-Picture Mode Via CornerTube’s In-app Search
Step #1. Open the CornerTube app on your iPad.
Step #2. Type in the search box for the video you want in the search bar.
Step #3. Select the video you want from the options.
Step #4. The video will start playing, select the PiP icon from the upper left corner.
By far, this method seems to be my favorite. Instead of searching for a video on YouTube, I am looking for one in the CornerTube app.
CornerTube Truly Supports Multitasking
Adding more to your multitasking, the app also offers support for slide over and split view in iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and iPad Pro. Just from the right side or drop another app on the right side.
That’s all, friends!
Watching YouTube videos on the bigger screen of the iPad is edutainment. You can learn and have fun at the same time. Picture in Picture mode takes you a step ahead. Enjoy multitasking on your Apple tablet while watching your favorite videos.
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