A Complete Guide to Using Picture in Picture Mode on iPhone
At an online WWDC event, Apple unveiled iOS 14, the new OS version for iPhones. It’s packed with attention-grabbing features and numerous tweaks under the hood. One standout feature is Picture in Picture support for iPhones. Android phones running the 8.0 Oreo update or higher have enjoyed Picture in Picture since late 2017.
With iOS 14, you can watch YouTube, Netflix, or Prime Video while navigating the OS. Picture in Picture isn’t limited to video viewing – Apple has implemented gestures and window sizes to enhance the experience. Video control is also available in Picture in Picture mode. This mode is a convenience feature that allows you to glance at new mail or reply to a WhatsApp message without stopping the video. In this post, we’ll discuss how to use Picture in Picture mode, its functions, and other tips. Let’s get started. Note: We used the iOS 14 Public Beta and iPhone XR for this demonstration.
Where Is Picture in Picture in iOS 14 for iPhones
Picture in Picture mode is built into iOS 14. The feature is enabled when you go back to the home screen while watching videos.
When you watch a TV series or movie on Netflix or Prime Video and need to attend to an urgent matter, you can swipe up to go back home, and the Picture in Picture mode will activate.
A floating window with video playback appears on the home screen. However, there is a catch. Picture in Picture can only be enabled while the video is playing. If you attempt to use a home screen gesture while the video is paused, the app will close and Picture in Picture mode won’t be triggered.
The Picture in Picture mode is currently supported in video streaming apps like Netflix, Prime Video, and Apple TV+, as well as Apple’s Safari browser. However, YouTube does not currently have this feature. Fortunately, there is a workaround for this issue. In addition, the Apple Photos app does not support Picture in Picture mode. It is anticipated that more streaming apps will add support for this feature as we approach the public release of iOS 14 in the last quarter of 2020.
Apple’s Picture in Picture mode goes beyond simple video viewing. You can pause, rewind, or fast forward the video by 15 seconds, return to the app with the video expander feature at the upper right corner, and close the Picture in Picture mode using the ‘X’ mark at the upper left corner.
Apple also provides a live timeline of video playback in the Picture in Picture mode. Currently, these controls are only visible in Apple’s apps like Apple TV+ and Safari browser. In apps like Netflix and Prime Video, you can only access the play/pause button, live video timeline, video expander, and the option to close the video.
Apple’s Picture in Picture mode may appear basic, but it’s packed with clever customization options. The company provides three different window modes to choose from and mastering the gestures is key for an efficient experience.
To resize the Picture in Picture window, simply double-tap with one finger. This gesture will shrink the window, and performing it again will reduce it to the smallest size. To increase the size of the Picture in Picture mode, repeat the same one-finger double-tap gesture.
To return to the app with the original video size, perform a two-finger double-tap on Picture in Picture mode.
Users can swipe left or right on the Picture in Picture mode and minimize the window. The audio will keep playing in the background. An arrow will be displayed for a minimized Picture in Picture mode. Simply tap on it to move the mode back to the home screen.
How to Use Picture in Picture Mode on YouTube
As mentioned, the YouTube app on iOS 14 doesn’t support Picture in Picture mode. However, there is a workaround. Follow these steps:
1. Open the YouTube webpage in the Safari browser.
2. Sign in with your Google account credentials.
3. Play any video in full screen in Safari, and then use the swipe-up home gesture or press the home button (on older iPhones) to activate Picture in Picture mode.
Like Apple TV+, Safari offers options to customize the video watching experience on Picture in Picture mode. You can hide the Picture in Picture mode and keep playing the audio in the background, something only YouTube Premium users enjoy.
Enjoy Picture in Picture on iPhone
Picture in Picture mode is a great addition to iOS. Apple has executed it perfectly. It will be interesting to see how many apps integrate Picture in Picture mode when iOS 14 is released. I would like to see apps like WhatsApp, VLC Player, and Telegram adopt Picture in Picture.
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