YouTube just made picture-in-picture mode available for free on Android

Picture-in-picture mode has been part of the YouTube Premium package up until now.

  • Published: June 29, 2018 9:16 AM IST

YouTube picture-in-picture mode has been available previously, but only for those that had subscribed to YouTube Premium. But XDA Developers just unearthed that the feature has now been rolled out for all user on their YouTube Android app now, and this information was corroborated by Google’s support page.

Google had started testing this feature for free customers this year in May. This feature involves the use of Android Oreo’s picture-in-picture mode for users to use it on the YouTube app on their mobile devices without subscribing to the paid YouTube Premium service.

This good news is limited to the users in the US for now and international user have yet to receive it, according to the Google Support page. Besides this, the other limitation to the new feature is that picture-in-picture will work for most videos on YouTube except those that contain music content. To avail picture-in-picture for those videos, people need to have the paid YouTube Premium subscription.

Using picture-in-picture is a simple matter and involves tapping the home button in the device when playing a video on the YouTube Android app. This process is similar to that of using picture-in-picture on any other app. This new feature has been rolled out to all the users in the US as of June 27.

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There is no word from the company as to when this feature may be made available internationally. Our guess is that it could be a while for all countries to receive this feature, because YouTube Premium is available in only a handful of countries, hence it is uncertain how the rest of the countries will be receiving this feature.

  • Published Date: June 29, 2018 9:16 AM IST