How To: All the Apps That Work with Picture in Picture (PiP) on Your iPhone

All the Apps That Work with Picture in Picture (PiP) on Your iPhone

Since iOS 9, the iPad has had Picture in Picture mode, which lets you minimize a video that you're watching into a floating overlay so that you can multitask in other apps while it plays. But while there have been six Plus and Max size models over the years, the iPhone had never featured PiP windows — until now.

The best part about the new PiP viewer is that it works on all iPhone models that support iOS 14. So it's not just for the Plus or Max displays — any size display works, including the tiny screen on the iPhone SE (2nd Generation).

However, developers need to add support for Picture in Picture, so it doesn't work with all apps. View the lists below to see what does and doesn't play nice with the PiP viewer. And let us know if you've found any others — we'll be continuously updating these lists as we discover more apps that work or don't work.

Apps That Work

Apps That Work but Are Buggy

Apps That Don't Work Yet

Workarounds for Incompatible Apps

A notable omission is the YouTube app, which has its own PiP player that's stuck within the confines of the YouTube app itself. You can wait for Google to add support for true PiP mode in iOS 14, but there are two ways to circumvent it. These will work with other apps as well, though, not all.

The first way is to use a web browser to view the video. Since Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and other iOS browsers support PiP mode, if you can play the video in one of those, you can PiP it. You don't even need to request the desktop site or anything. Just play the video in-browser, then activate PiP mode. In the case of YouTube, a Reddit user built an iOS shortcut that will open a video from the YouTube app into Safari, so that's one way to go about it.

If you don't want to use a web browser to view the video, the second way is to use another third-party app that supports PiP mode, such as Pocket. If you save the video or the page with the video embedded to Pocket, you can open and watch it from there at any time. Then, activate PiP mode within the app.

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