Youtube Picture-in-Picture disappears on iOS: it will be back soon, Google says

YouTube does not find peace with the Picture-in-Picture and several months after the launch of the experimental function on iOS and iPadOS, however, accessible only to users who had activated a Premium subscription, the Google company has in fact decided not to make it more activable. Apparently, however, this is only a temporary change: the function will be back soon and will be final.

Those who were trying it received a notification on the end of the experiment via a banner, both on the desktop site and on the apps, but the function would still be active on the devices on which it was enabled. Obviously, those who have never activated it will no longer be able to do so.

The deletion from the experimentation page, however, it does not mean that YouTube has decided not to enable it. The company has repeatedly confirmed, without giving any indication on the timing, that it still wants to make it available to all YouTube Premium subscribers as an added value, as recently happened with the app. YouTube TV for iOS.

The PiP functionality, we recall, allows you to watch video content within a small floating window and resizable even while using other applications. The window can be moved freely or hidden to continue listening to audio only. To activate the PiP, usually, just swipe up (or press the Home button on iPhones or iPads that are equipped with it).

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The Picture-in-Picture will be back soon: this is confirmed by the video platform itself in response to a tweet from a user (link in the VIA):

[…] The Picture-in-Picture feature is still being released and will be available in a few days on all devices running iOS 15+.

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