Use picture-in-picture on certain devices

Picture-in-picture (PiP) allows you to watch YouTube videos while using other apps on your mobile device.

Note: Picture-in-picture is currently only available in the U.S. on Android mobile devices running Android version 8.0 Oreo or above. PiP mode for videos that contain music content is only available for YouTube Premium members.

Picture-in-picture overview

How picture-in-picture works

Picture-in-picture shrinks the video into a small player that you can move around your home screen and position over other apps. With this feature enabled, you can continue watching YouTube videos while using other apps on your mobile device.
 
To start PiP playback while a video is playing in the YouTube app, tap the Android home button . The video will shrink into a PiP window, which can be dragged to different parts of the screen, allowing playback to continue on top of other apps.
 
To resume playback in the YouTube app, double-tap the PiP. To dismiss the PiP altogether, you can it drag to the bottom of the screen.

Who can use picture-in-picture

Picture-in-picture is currently only available in the U.S. on Android mobile devices running Android version 8.0 Oreo or above.

Using picture-in-picture

Turn off picture-in-picture

Picture-in-picture is turned on by default for all devices running Android 8.0 Oreo and above. 
 
To turn off picture-in-picture:
  1. Navigate to your Android settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced > Special access > Picture-in-picture.
  2. Tap YouTube.
  3. Toggle "Allow picture-in-picture” OFF. 

Turn on picture-in-picture

Picture-in-picture is turned on by default for all devices running Android 8.0 (Oreo) and above.
 
To turn on picture-in-picture:
  1. Navigate to your Android settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced > Special access > Picture-in-picture.
  2. Tap YouTube. 
  3. Toggle "Allow picture-in-picture” ON.

Dismiss picture-in-picture

There are two ways to dismiss picture-in-picture:

  1. Tap the PiP player to show controls. 
  2. Tap the X in the corner of the video PiP player to dismiss the PiP player.

Or.

You can drag the PiP player off to the bottom of the screen.

Note: If you are a YouTube Premium subscriber, a notification will appear, allowing you to resume playback in Background Play mode.

YouTube Premium members: Set background play as default

Background play allows YouTube Premium members to watch videos while using other apps or when your screen is off. You can set up the YouTube app to default to background play instead of picture-in-picture.
There are two ways to do this:

You can turn off picture-in-picture for YouTube in your Android settings.

Or.

Switch from PiP to background playback by tapping the PiP and then tapping the headphone icon Headphones.

Music Content

Music content is unavailable for PiP playback without a YouTube Premium subscription.

 

 

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