With the iOS 14 update, Apple has made iPhone users’ experiences a little more personal. For example, it is possible to replace Safari with Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as the default browser. You can also make Gmail your default email app instead of Apple’s email app.
Thanks to the new home screen, you also have the option of placing a Google search bar (thanks to a widget) on this screen. In addition to these new features that allow you to better personalize your iPhone, Apple has introduced a new feature called Picture-in-Picture, or PiP.
Essentially, this feature lets you watch a video in a floating window while using another app. This is useful, for example, when you want to chat with someone on WhatsApp while watching your favorite series on Netflix.
Unfortunately, this function is not supported by the YouTube app. However, when Apple launched iOS 14, it was still possible to watch YouTube videos in floating windows as long as you were watching that video on Safari on the web but not in the YouTube app.
But then this feature was blocked on Safari. If YouTube didn’t comment on the topic, we suspect there is a link to YouTube Premium. In fact, the ability to play the videos in the background is one of the benefits reserved for subscribers to this paid offer. And it’s possible YouTube decided to block picture-in-picture functionality for its mobile website in order to get this paid subscriber benefit.
The functionality is available again (but until when?)
In the past few days, the functionality that allows you to play YouTube videos in a floating window has definitely been available again. And it’s possible that this unlock feature has something to do with the iOS 14.01 OS update, which was mostly bug fixes (and YouTube hasn’t changed its mind).
If you want to use the picture-in-picture feature of iOS 14 while watching YouTube videos, it’s easy to do. First, you’ll need to open the video in Safari, but not the YouTube app. Once the video has started on Safari, you need to open it in full screen mode and then tap the icon corresponding to the picture-in-picture feature.
You can then watch clips on YouTube in the floating window while visiting the Presse-Citron website, for example. You can move the window or change its size.