Even though Picture in Picture has been available for iPad users, since iOS 9, YouTube has lacked this feature, which would let users simultaneously watch videos while using other apps.
Well, as per recent events, things are about to get better as YouTube has begun testing the feature in its iOS app. 9to5Mac has just confirmed that a small group of users is currently testing the feature.
The Picture-in-Picture feature is pretty handy if you like multitasking, as it offers you the possibility to continue watching a video while minimizing your YouTube app. Keep in mind that once enabled, the feature works just like in any other app that supports it, allowing the video to float over any other app you are using.
YouTube limits video playback in the background on iOS to YouTube Premium subscribers, therefore picture-in-picture is restricted to premium YouTube features. Also, if you subscribe through the YouTube app for iOS it will cost you $15.99 due to the 30% App Store commission.
Moreover, iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14 users are able to watch 4K HDR videos in the YouTube app due to Apple’s support for Google’s VP9 codec, which is a premiere.