YouTube TV App Adds Support for Picture-in-Picture on iOS

YouTube has announced that they are rolling out picture-in-picture mode support for their YouTube TV app on iOS. Users who have the latest version of iOS will be able to watch YouTube TV videos outside the app by swiping from the bottom of the screen, according to the company. The advent of picture-in-picture support on YouTube TV for iOS users comes years after the feature was made available on Android. At the same time, the standard YouTube app for iOS is still testing picture-in-picture mode support and there is no word on when all users will have access to the feature.

In an announcement on Twitter, the service revealed that iPhone and iPad users running iOS 15 and newer should now have access to picture-in-picture mode on the YouTube TV app. The YouTube TV service was launched in February 2017 and offers access to live TV and streaming video on demand and is only available in the US. “Just select a video to watch and swipe (up) from the bottom of the screen to return to the device’s home page. The video can be scaled down and moved across your screen,” the Twitter post explains.

On March 24, YouTube announced that it’s bringing thousands of free TV shows to the YouTube TV app for viewers in the United States, including shows like Hell’s Kitchen and Heartland. Popular TV shows and movies can be accessed by users for free on smart TVs, mobiles and browsers, along with ads. The service will also add more movies and shows each week, and upcoming movies will include Gone in Sixty Seconds and Runaway Bride, according to the company.

At the same time, the company’s YouTube app on iOS is still testing support for picture-in-picture mode. YouTube users with a premium subscription to Android have been able to switch between apps or go to the home screen to enable picture-in-picture mode on videos for several years. However, Android users in the US do not need a YouTube Premium subscription. However, users on iOS need a Premium subscription to activate the feature that is still being tested YouTube Labsand has been since August 2018. According to the site, iOS users will be able to test picture-in-picture mode for another week, until April 8.


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