With the release of iOS 14, Apple extended picture-in-picture support to iPhones which used to be exclusive to iPad. A number of iOS apps offer compatibility but YouTube is one major app that does not do so. However, this is expected to change sometime soon as YouTube has reportedly started beta testing PiP mode support on iOS devices.
A number of Twitter users have started reporting about being able to use PiP on YouTube on their iPhones as well as iPads. It is currently available only for select users as it is in the beta testing phase. The important thing to keep in mind is that the feature is said to be working only for a few videos. This also seems to be because of the testing phase.
Picture in Picture working on iPadOS with the YouTube app.
(But only worked with this live stream, there must be some codec trickery happening behind the scenes for certain playback scenarios). pic.twitter.com/75vG7Ai4ln
— Daniel Yount (@dyountmusic) August 27, 2020
The aim of the PiP mode is to allow users to keep watching YouTube videos even when they want to switch to some other app. This is exactly what other apps aim to achieve with the mode. It can be helpful in a number of situations like when you want to take notes while watching an educational video on the app.
As of now, it is hard to say exactly when YouTube PiP mode for iOS will become available for all users. But as and when that happens, you can count on us to keep you updated.