YouTube Walks Back Picture-in-Picture Mode on iOS Announcement

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Replace 3:50PM: A earlier model of this put up claimed {that a} Image-in-Image function is rolling out to iOS customers on the YouTube app primarily based on a since-deleted announcement from the corporate. Sadly, the streaming large has now walked again that information and knowledgeable Gizmodo that the PiP replace will solely apply to YouTube TV subscribers and can proceed in testing for YouTube Premium subscribers. That story follows beneath.

Lastly, you’ll be able to watch YouTube TV in a floating window whereas doing no matter else in your iPhone.

On Monday, Google issued an announcement retracting an earlier report that acknowledged YouTube on iOS 15 and up can be receiving an replace to allow picture-in-picture mode, or PiP. “The tweet from our assist deal with was mistakenly referring to the picture-in-picture rollout to iOS customers on YouTube TV, which happened just a few weeks in the past,” mentioned a Google spokesperson.

YouTube customers have been ready for the PiP mode to come back to the iPhone and iPad for fairly a while. The trial continues to be obtainable for YouTube Premium members. “We’re persevering with to check PiP on iOS for the cell YouTube app with Premium members globally and hope to make it obtainable to all iOS customers (Premium and non-Premium) within the US quickly,” wrote the Google spokesperson. “PiP is at present obtainable to all Android customers within the US”

I did handle to get YouTube TV to work on the iPhone 13 Professional nearly immediately, and, frankly, it is a a lot smoother expertise than what I am used to on Android. The preview window is far bigger than what Android defaults to, and you may transfer the window across the display to simply place it alongside some other app you are utilizing within the background. If you’re completed, faucet as soon as on the preview window, then faucet the “X” to close off the app.

There are many causes to be bummed {that a} function as seemingly easy as the flexibility to observe one thing in a tiny window whereas doing one thing else in your smartphone is not obtainable on the iPhone. For one, it makes it simpler to enter “goblin mode” whereas streaming by the most recent binge-watch. My Android units have had PiP capabilities for some time now. I am going to typically have YouTube TV or one other suitable streaming service enjoying within the nook whereas searching Reddit or surveying my catches in Pokemon Go, Apple followers will simply need to catch ’em all of the old style approach for now.

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