YouTube Premium subscribers can now turn on picture-in-picture on iPhone

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One of YouTube’s most demanded features is potentially coming to the app, however it is only currently available for Premium subscribers.

Back in June YouTube announced that it would be bringing picture-in-picture (PiP) to iOS. Now, it appears that the much-demanded feature is finally available, but only for Premium subscribers and possibly only for a limited time. 

You can access this feature as a YouTube Premium subscriber but opening up your web browser, heading to www.youtube.com/new. Scroll down to where “Picture-in-picture iOS” is listed and click “try it out”, this will then prompt you to sign in to your account. The next step is to watch a YouTube video, navigate away from the app using the home button, or by swiping up and PiP will start. Locking your phone screen watching PiP will pause the video, but you can resume the video once you unlock it again.

According to 9to5Google, some users have also managed to get this feature working on iPads as well as their iPhones. 

YouTube has commented on the feature saying that it will be “available until 31st Oct”, after that we’re not sure what can happen. It’s likely the feature will stay or at least be tweaked ready for a release later that year. It’s also likely the feature will be available to all users as promised by YouTube. 

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