YouTube picture-in-picture is here until 31 October.
YouTube announced in June to bring the picture-in-picture mode to iOS and now the feature is finally available but only for Premium subscribers (iOS) & perhaps for a limited time. After turning it on, the PiP feature will convert your typical YouTube player, into a mini player along with media controls when you close the YouTube app using a home key. It is one of the advantages of the YouTube Premium subscription because you can try experimental features.
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How to turn on YouTube picture-in-picture mode
You have to be a YouTube premium user.
- While signed in to your Google account, open YouTube.com/new.
- Look for “Picture in Picture on iOS”
- Click “Try it out“
- Play any video from the iOS app.
- Close YouTube using the Home button.
- Your video will play in PiP mode.
If you lock your phone, it will pause the video, but you can resume it from lock screen media controls.
YouTube said this PiP feature is available until 31 October and we have no detail about what happened after then.