Non-premium YouTube users on iPhone and iPad now receive a long-awaited feature

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In June last year, subscribers to the premium version of YouTube received support for the video streamer’s picture-in-picture (PiP) feature. This allows users to continue watching YouTube in a small box on the screen, even if another app is open and running. At the time, Google did say it would eventually offer PIP on YouTube to all US iOS users.
Google recently posted a new support page noting that “Picture-in-Picture (PiP) is now rolling out to iPhone and iPad devices (running iOS and iPadOS 15.0 or later) in the coming days.” Google even thanked iPhone and iPad users for their patience. “We recognize that this has been a slow rollout for a highly requested feature and would like to thank everyone who has provided feedback during experiments and patiently waited for this moment!”
To use PiP, Google says, “Just select a YouTube video to watch, then exit the YouTube app (by swiping up from the bottom of your screen or pressing the home button). The video will continue to play in a mini player, which you can move around your device’s screen while using other apps.”

Google notes that in the United States, once your iPhone or iPad gets the update, anyone using the YouTube app with these devices will be able to use PiP for non-musical videos on YouTube. Google says Android users already have this feature and will keep it.

If you subscribe to the premium version of YouTube, you can use PiP for non-musical and musical YouTube videos around the world. To enable the feature, YouTube premium users using an iOS or iPadOS device must go to: SettingsGeneral (in your YouTube app and enable picture-in-picture. Premium members with Android devices already have this feature and will continue to do so.

If you’re an iPhone or iPad user with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, or later, keep an eye out for YouTube PiP, which should appear on your device soon.

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