According to MacRumors, YouTube Premium members on iOS are now gaining support for the iOS 14 picture-in-picture mode.
This mode will soon be available to all iOS users in the United States, regardless of whether they have a Premium subscription or not.
“Picture-in-Picture (PiP) allows users to watch YouTube videos in a small micro player while simultaneously surfing outside of the YouTube app on their mobile device,”youtube
What we said in the first paragraph was reiterated by YouTube. “On iOS, we’re starting to bring out PiP (picture-in-picture) for YouTube Premium members, and we expect to roll it out to all U.S. users soon.
“It’s also for iOS users.” YouTube viewers will be able to close the YouTube app and continue watching the video they were watching in a small pop-up window using this functionality.
There were a few workarounds that YouTube users with an iPhone might employ to get PiP to run in mobile Safari. Asking the mobile browser to run the desktop version of YouTube is an example of this.
That workaround has been disabled, and based on what the Google unit has said today, there’s no reason to put one together for YouTube PiP on iOS.
Android users who watch YouTube for free have already had the opportunity to multitask while watching YouTube videos with PiP.
YouTube had been advertising PiP multitasking for years as a way to entice iPhone users to join up for the Premium service.
In the United States, however, even non-subscribers to YouTube will soon be able to utilize PiP to multitask.