How to watch YouTube in picture-in-picture mode on iOS 14

iOS 14 has a picture-in-picture mode that works on any website that can play a video. The only condition is that access to the website is via Safari. Other apps, like the Netflix app, support it so you can watch Netflix in your picture-in-picture mode.

One app that has consistently added photo-in-picture support is YouTube. As for the official YouTube app, picture-in-picture is still a feature reserved for premium YouTube users.

The good news is that YouTube is a bit condescending about photo-in-picture and its mobile site. Previously, and we personally tested it, users could no longer watch a YouTube video on YouTube’s mobile site in picture-in-picture. Now they can.

YouTube picture-in-picture mode on iPhone

You need to use iOS 14 to make it work.

  1. Open up Safari.
  2. Visit the YouTube Mobile Website.
  3. Choose a video to play.
  4. Once the video plays, switch to full screen mode by tapping the full screen button at the bottom right of the player.
  5. Once you are in full screen mode, tap the picture-in-picture button links bo.
  6. The YouTube video will switch to picture-in-picture mode, and you can use other apps on your iPhone while watching.

Exit YouTube picture-in-picture mode

Follow these steps to exit a YouTube video that plays in picture-in-picture mode.

  1. Tap on the video to show its controls.
  2. Tap on the close button at the top left to close the video.
  3. Tap on the restore button top right to go back to the Safari tab with the YouTube video.

Play YouTube in the background

The other good news is that with this feature now enabled, you can easily play YouTube in the background. Here’s how.

  1. Open a Safari tab.
  2. Navigate to the YouTube mobile site.
  3. Choose and play a video.
  4. Switch to Full screen.
  5. Tap on the photo-in-print button links bo.
  6. Return to the home screen on your iPhone.
  7. Lock the screen.
  8. Wake up the screen.
  9. Tap on the play button on the media widget.
  10. The video will play.


When we discussed Netflix’s picture-in-picture mode, we wondered if YouTube would ever make it a non-premium feature. The company seems to have conceded, but what remains to be seen is whether or not the ability to play YouTube in the background while the screen is locked will remain. YouTube tends to block it, and it can go so far as to disable the image-in-image mode for the mobile site if it cannot play the background.

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