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Watch a video while doing something else

With some apps, like Google Play Movies, you can watch a video in a small window while you do other things.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Use picture-in-picture

How to keep watching a video and use a different app depends on the video app.

  1. On your device, open an app and play a video.
  2. Depending on the video app, either:
    • Tap Home Home.
    • Tap Picture-in-picture Picture-in-picture.
  3. To close the video, drag the video off the bottom of the screen.

You can drag the video window anywhere on the screen. To make the video big again, tap the video and then Full screen Full screen.

Turn off picture-in-picture for an app

  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Advanced and then Special app access and then Picture-in-picture.
  3. Tap an app.
  4. Turn off Allow picture-in-picture.

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