Updated: YouTube is (Not) Rolling out Picture-in-Picture for iOS Soon


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Once again, Twitter proves to be the source of all useful knowledge. YouTube’s official support account, @TeamYoutube replied to a user’s inquiry, revealing that the platform plans to launch the picture-in-picture feature for all iOS users “in a matter of days.”

Picture-in-picture allows users to continue watching the YouTube video in a small player window on their device, freeing up the ability to open other apps while still streaming.

Up until now, the feature has only been available to as a test for YouTube Premium members, but the experiment ended last week. Now, the platform is saying the feature is ready to roll out to all YouTube account users on iOS.

Update: @TeamYouTube has tweeted to clarify that the test on YouTube Premium concluded on April 8 and the picture-in-picture feature will be coming to all YouTube TV users on iOS. Regular YouTube users will not be getting picture-in-picture for iOS – it’s currently available only to premium members on Android phones.

YouTube TV began rolling out the picture-in-picture feature last month and the rollout should now be complete.

Picture-in-picture shrinks the video into a small player that you can move around your home screen and position over other apps. You can continue watching YouTube TV while using other apps on your mobile device with this feature turned on. The video will shrink into a PiP window, which can be dragged to different parts of the screen. This will allow playback to continue on top of other apps. 

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