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.
- Amazon Prime Video
- Apollo for Reddit
- Apple TV
- Cake Web Browser
- CNN: Breaking US & World News
- DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser
- EPIX: Stream with TV Package
- EPIX NOW: Watch TV and Movies
- ESPN: Live Sports & Scores
- Firefox: Private, Safe Browser
- Firefox Focus: Privacy browser
- FOX NOW: Watch TV & Sports
- Google Chrome
- Google Play Movies & TV
- HBO Go
- HBO Max: Stream TV & Movies
- Hulu: Stream movies & TV shows
- iTunes Store
- Microsoft Bing Search
- Microsoft Edge
- The NBC App – Stream TV Shows
- PBS Video
- Pocket: Save. Read. Grow.
- Shazam: Music Discovery
- SHOWTIME: TV, Movies and More
- Showtime Anytime
- Spectrum TV
- TIDAL Music
- Tubi - Watch Movies & TV Shows
- USA Network
- Vudu - Movies & TV
- YouTube (web app - YouTube Premium only)
- And any third-party app which supports it on iPadOS
- ABC – Live TV & Full Episodes
- AMC: Stream TV Shows & Movies
- Animal Planet GO
- App Store
- Apple News
- Discovery GO
- FXNOW: Movies, Shows & Live TV
- HISTORY: TV Shows on Demand
- IMDb: Movies & TV Shows
- Movies Anywhere
- Quibi: All New Original Shows
- Roku - Official Remote
- STARZ (used to work but doesn't anymore)
- TikTok - Trends Start Here
- Twitter (works in-app only)
- Ultimate Guitar: Chords & Tabs
- Yahoo Mail - Organized Email (has live sports games in case you're wondering)
- YouTube (web app - works in-app only for non-paying users)
- YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream (mobile app)
- YouTube Music
- YouTube TV
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.
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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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