iOS 14 has brought many features that were already popular to Android, including widgets and the Apple version of the app drawer. But one of its biggest features existed for the iPad before it came to iPhones: Picture-in-Picture Mode (PiP).
PiP lets you watch videos or FaceTime in the corner of the screen while you continue to use other apps. Works on any phone compatible with iOS 14, but those with larger screen sizes like the iPhone 12 Pro Max benefit
Many of the leading video apps support PiP as well as videos through Safari. The big downside is that YouTube still does not allow image mode in the image unless you switch to Premium, although some users have managed to avoid it and turn it on.
From compatible apps to tips and tricks, here’s what you need to know to increase your productivity with the image mode in the image of your iPhone.
How to turn on photo mode in iOS 14
In fact inserting the video as in the image above is as easy as going to the main menu, literally. Once you have found the video you want to watch, on Netflix or any browser like Safari or Chrome, go to the main menu.
You can do this on the new iPhones by swiping from the bottom of the screen or on the old ones by pressing the home button.
This will take you to the main menu and the content will continue to play in a small window. (Note: My video has been censored due to screen recording restrictions.) Then you can open any other application, game or browser and the video will continue to progress.
Drag it and move the window to any of the four corners of the screen. This will switch automatically if the keyboard is visible so you can type, as in Google Docs.
If you need the entire screen in whatever it is but you want the video (or video call), you can momentarily slide it off the screen and retrieve it (you will see an arrow on both sides to where you sent it).
Swipe the same arrow to retrieve the video and touch it to see the options: pause, the X to close it and the PiP icon to return to the application itself. You can also create a clamp to change between five different sizes.
Can you use PiP on YouTube without being premium?
All of the distinct video apps have had PiP functionality active for a few months now, but too much should be mentioned here.
Prime Video, Netflix, Dinsey + and many other streaming services with iOS apps work, along with genuine Apple TVs like Apple TV, Podcasts and FaceTime. Honestly, the best bet is to open your favorite and see if it works.
The only one that squeaks is YouTube. PiP works on any Android with Android Oreo or higher, but Google has blocked it for everyone except YouTube Premium users.
At least for now. iMore reported in February that iOS 14.5 beta testers have found that PiP works again in YouTube videos with any web browser, but not in the app. We’ll have to wait and see if the feature will remain when Apple releases the official version.
Users who currently have iOS 14.4 can use the PiPifier app (discovered by PCMag). Allows you to use PiP mode on any video from the web, including YouTube. You can not yet use it from the app, but we hope that Google will change this policy soon.