YouTube TV Picture-in-Picture Rolling Out for iOS 15 Users
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(Pocket-lint) – YouTube has brought greater parity between the Android and iOS versions of its TV streaming app, YouTube TV, by starting to roll out picture-in-picture mode for iOS 15 users.
The feature has been available to Android users for years, but is only coming to those watching on iPhone, although the change is a welcome one.
iPhone and iPad users
We are happy to share that Picture in Picture is now rolling out to your iOS 15+ devices. Simply select a video to watch and swipe from the bottom of the screen to return to the device’s home page. The video can be scaled down and moved across your screen.
– YouTubeTV (@YouTubeTV) March 30, 2022
It should already be clarified that this does not apply to the main YouTube app, which still has picture-in-picture mode locked behind a YouTube Premium subscription on iOS. It has also been enabled for all Android users for quite some time.
The feature has been in testing for several months, and YouTube app details have repeatedly pushed back the scheduled end date for this testing period, which is now set to end in April.
Also for those in the US using YouTube’s TV streaming app, this will be a big change, and can be accessed by simply swiping up from the bottom of the screen while watching a video. This will allow you to multitask without ending the stream you are watching.
Similar to other apps’ use of picture-in-picture, you can scale the video player to your liking and move it around your screen so it doesn’t get in the way. The feature should be rolling out now, so keep checking your app over the next few days to see if it’s been activated for you.
Written by Max Freeman-Mills.