YouTube reportedly expanding picture-in-picture mode to users without Red subscriptions

YouTube's picture-in-picture mode is reportedly being tested among users who are not YouTube Red subscribers.

  • Published: May 8, 2018 3:01 PM IST

If you are an Android user here then you may recall Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode that was one of the key highlights of Android 8.0 Oreo. If you are using an Android 8.0 Oreo-powered device and love the PiP mode then you may also recall how it did not work on YouTube. Instead, it was only available for users with a YouTube Red subscription. According to some users on Reddit and AndroidPolice, it seems like Google may be testing on removing the Red subscription requirement for PiP mode on the YouTube.

According to the reports, users are not sure what change happened on their device. As far as we can guess, the change might be a server-side change where Google may be experimenting on how users react to the latest change. This means that Google may have enabled the feature for users without any updates. Another thing here is that only a small number of users are reporting this change, which means that this is only limited to a small test group.

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However, this new change does not come without a catch as it does not seem to work with “many music videos”. Video owners or content creators on YouTube can also opt out of PiP playback for their videos. This means that if you are a content creator and you don’t want viewers to play your videos in PiP mode, you can disable it on your end.

The report pointed out that users reporting this change were using version 13.16.55. Considering that only a small number of users have seen this feature without YouTube Red subscriptions, you may or may not have the feature. However, it is worth checking out in your YouTube app. Let us know in the comments down below if Google has rolled out this feature for you.

  • Published Date: May 8, 2018 3:01 PM IST