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With iOS 14 Apple started offering a picture in picture mode for the video streaming sites. Many services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Apple TV already started offering picture in picture mode on iPhone.

YouTube was late to the party but they finally roll out this feature for iPhone users in August of this year.

But here is the catch, this feature is not available for everyone. In this article, we will tell you how to enable this feature on your iPhone if it is available for you.

Enable Picture in Picture Mode in iPhone:

Android started offering this feature with Android 10 and was only exclusive to the pixel phones back then. But with the launch of Android 11 last year this feature was available for all devices running Android 11.

With iOS 14 last year, Apple also offers started rolling out this feature for the video apps. YouTube, perhaps, will be the last big streaming service to support this feature on iPhone.

This feature is helpful in multitasking. As users can browse or scroll through different apps at the same time while watching a YouTube video on a minimized screen.

Let’s see how you can enable it.

Update your iPhone to iOS 14 or later:

As mentioned earlier this feature is only available for iOS 14 or later. So, if you are on an older version of the iOS then you have to update the operating system first. iOS 14 was already made available for all the supporting and eligible devices last year so if you haven’t updated it yet, it’s time to update to the latest build of the OS.

Go to the phone “settings”, tap on “General” then tap on “software update” then download and install the latest update.

Update YouTube App on iPhone:

After the system update, it’s time to update the YouTube app. Go to the App Store and update the YouTube app if there is an update available.

Buy YouTube premium subscription:

Yes, this feature is not available to everyone. You have to buy the YouTube premium subscription to get this feature. It is not available for the free version of the app. For the users in the US, it costs around $11.99 per month for the premium subscription.

Turn on Picture in Picture mode:

You have to manually turn this feature “On” as it is not enabled by default when you update the app and buy the premium subscription.

Open YouTube

Click on the profile icon on the top right corner of the app.

Tap Settings at the bottom of the profile page.

Tap on “Try new Feature” on the settings page.

Click on the “Turn On” under the picture in picture mode.

Once you Turn on the feature, close the app from the multitasking tray and open the app again.

Turn On the picture in picture mode in general settings:

You have to enable this feature again in the general settings.

Open the app.

Click on the profile icon on the top right corner of the app.

Tap Settings at the bottom of the profile page.

Select “General”

Scroll down to find “Picture in Picture” and turn on the toggle next to it.

Then again close the app from the multitasking tray and open the app again.

Experiencing difficulties with your Device, check out our “How To” page on how to resolve some of these issues.

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