As reported by The Verge recently, YouTube will soon feature the Picture-In-Picture functionality for iOS devices including iPhones and iPads. The PiP support means that the users will be able to watch videos on YouTube while using other apps on your mobile device.
A YouTube spokesperson told The Verge that the feature is currently rolling out to Premium subscribers and that a launch for all iOS users (including the free ones) in the US is in the works.
“Picture-in-Picture (PiP) allows users to watch YouTube videos 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,” YouTube said in a statement.
With numerous other streaming platforms already offering iOS the PiP modes, YouTube continued to lag behind the race. Apple added support for picture-in-picture video for iPads with iOS 9 and brought it to iPhones with iOS 14. Since then, YouTube’s support for the feature on iPhones and iPads has been unreliable— it works for iPad if you’re using Safari, while iPhone users have only been able to access the feature periodically.
Available to Android users for years, Apple users will soon be able to get a taste of the feature, but the timeline remains uncertain.