How To: All the Apps That Work with Picture in Picture (PiP) on Your iPhone in iOS 14

All the Apps That Work with Picture in Picture (PiP) on Your iPhone in iOS 14

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

If the app you want to play videos in isn't supported, you can try watching the video on its site in a web browser. Since Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and other iOS browsers support PiP mode, if you can play the video in one of those, you can most likely PiP it. You don't even need to request the desktop site or anything. Just play the video in-browser, then activate PiP mode.

However, one notable omission is free accounts and non-logged-in users on YouTube. Its iOS app has its own PiP player that only works in-app, even if you pay for YouTube Premium. Though, if you do subscribe to YouTube Premium, Google unlocks the true PiP mode in a web browser view, such as in Safari. Not very convenient, is it?

The workaround mentioned above used to work for non-paying YouTube users, where you could use full PiP mode when watching YouTube videos in web browsers from the YouTube site or when embedded in articles on other sites, such as Gadget Hacks. Unfortunately, Google disabled it after iOS 14's release in an effort to get more YouTube Premium subscribers.

But there is another way to circumvent apps that don't let you use PiP mode.

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. So far, YouTube works if you use this trick.

Also, for YouTube specifically, there is an iOS shortcut you can install that will make playing YouTube with PiP mode much simpler than using an app like Pocket.

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