YouTube mobile now supports picture-in-picture mode in iOS 14 in the Safari browser. This means you can watch videos while doing something else on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
The YouTube site supports the mode even without a YouTube Premium subscription.
YouTube blocked the use of picture-in-picture mode immediately after the release of iOS 14, and has now changed its mind. Previously, the feature was only available to users with a Premium subscription, but now everyone can use it.
This applies to devices running iOS 14.0.1. Additionally, YouTube.com’s picture-in-picture mode works even in third-party browsers like Chrome and Firefox. Unfortunately, the YouTube mobile app still requires a subscription to use the mode and other features.
Not for me I’m on beta 14.2
– Antonio (@AyeYoTone) October 2, 2020
As a reminder, iOS 14 added picture-in-picture mode to the iPhone and iPod touch, and it has been on the iPad before. Thanks to the mode, you can watch video in a small window, displaying other things on the device.
→ How to use picture-in-picture mode on iPhone in iOS 14
The video window can be moved around the screen, and you can also swipe it to listen to audio only. Double-tapping the video will make the window larger or smaller.