Picture-in-picture mode, one of the key innovations in iOS 14, is no longer available when watching YouTube videos through Safari on iPhone. The feature was available for free in the beta versions of iOS 14 (with a YouTube Premium subscription, the picture-in-picture mode is available
Since the app itself does not support picture-in-picture in the free version, it was possible to watch YouTube videos in picture-in-picture mode through Safari – in the mobile version of the site. Since yesterday, this method has stopped working: when you click on the icon for switching to the picture-in-picture mode, the video collapses into a separate window for a few seconds, but quickly returns to its original format.
You can launch YouTube videos in picture-in-picture mode via Safari on iPhone if the video is not hosted on YouTube itself, but is embedded on any other site. In addition, the mode is also available on iPad.
After testing different launch options, we found a workaround and so far it works. You can start the picture-in-picture mode if you open not the mobile but the PC version of YouTube in Safari.
- Open the full YouTube site in Safari and play the desired video.
- Switch to full screen mode, in it, click on the play icon in the picture-in-picture window.
- Minimize Safari – the video will remain on the home screen in front of other windows.
Additionally, some users have reported that the picture-in-picture window on YouTube mobile runs through the DuckDuckGo browser.
Watch our video on how to watch YouTube in picture-in-picture mode with iOS 14: