YouTube is one of the applications that is used by almost everyone around the world. YouTube’s picture-in-picture mode allows users to watch videos in a minimized version while using other applications. PiP is already a part of many video streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, Disney Plus, and Apple TV. However, when YouTube bought this out, it was endorsed by many. However, it is not yet supported on iOS platforms. Previously, Google brought out PiP features for iPad with iOS 9 and iPhones with iOS 14. However, this feature is said to be inconsistent in iPads and iPhones. iPads were able to use this only when YouTube is opened in Safari, while iPhone users were only able to enjoy this feature periodically. After facing a lot of complications with PiP (Picture In Picture), Google is finally rolling out a full-fledged PiP to iPhone and iPad users, who are localized to the US.
Finally, in a recent conference, a Google spokesperson announced that the particular feature is currently rolling out to all Premium YouTube subscribers. He also added that Google is in the works of releasing this feature to all the iOS users (Both premium and non-premium subscribers) in the US region. However, no timeline was mentioned when to expect the new feature releasing to non-premium members. As of now, we just know that it is coming out for sure. According to the spokesperson,
Picture-in-picture (PiP) allows users to watch YouTube users in a small mini player while simultaneously browsing outside of the YouTube app on their mobile device. We’re starting to roll out PiP for YouTube premium members on iOS and plan to launch PiP for all US iOS users as well.
This revelation was not clear enough, and it left a lot of people in doubts like – When will this feature roll-out? When will non-premium subscribers get this?, Why is it limited to only US residents? And lot more. We hope that we will know a lot more in the upcoming updates.