How to use picture in picture on iPhone in iOS 14 has arrived, and Apple has handily pinched another good quality of Android with this latest update.
Picture-in-picture mode, more importantly, a way of keeping video content playing while you’re doing other things on your phone, has finally made the jump to the iPhone which is great news.
A big caveat though, is that while the usual suspects all give total support the quality(Prime Video, Netflix, Twitch, and, of course, Apple TV), YouTube remains unavailable for picture-in-picture mode.
In fact, despite being able to view YouTube content within a picture-in-picture window when viewing from the web, Google has now shut that access down to all but YouTube Premium subscribers.
With that in mind, here’s how to get multi-tasking:
How to enable picture-in-picture in iOS 14
In truth, it’s as easy as going home. Once you’ve located your choice of video content, be that through an app like Netflix or through a browser like Safari or Chrome, just head to your Home Screen straight.
You can do this by swiping up from the bottom of your phone, or simply pressing the home button if you have one.
Doing that will immediately return you back to the Home Screen with your content playing in a small window. Note that in my example, the content itself has been censored to avoid any infringements via screen recording).
With a drag of your finger, you can not only move the video to elsewhere on your screen but hide it almost entirely (note the small arrow on a tab to the bottom right of my screen).
You can click the tab to bring the window back, while tapping the window will allow you to pause it, close it, or return to the in-app full-screen view.