YouTube is rolling out a picture-in-picture mode for YouTube TV on iOS devices running iOS 15 or later, the company announced on Wednesday† YouTube chief product officer Neal Mohan pledged on The Vergecast that the feature was on its way, and now it’s finally here.
Picture-in-picture allows you to continue watching YouTube TV when you exit the YouTube TV app. The feature can come in handy if you’re watching a sports game, for example, but want to scroll through Twitter to see reactions to what just happened on the pitch. It’s a feature that’s been available on Android for years, so it’s good to see Google finally bringing it to Apple’s iOS devices.
That said, we’re still waiting for Google to launch Picture-in-Picture for all users of the default YouTube app on iOS, no YouTube Premium subscription required. That feature is in testing if you to do have a Premium subscription, and YouTube’s Labs page currently states: you can try it out until April 8.
In a statement given to MacRumors in FebruaryGoogle said it “still plans to launch PiP to all users without a YouTube Premium subscription in the US,” but that “we don’t have any other updates to share at this time.” In a statement to The edge On Wednesday, Google spokesperson Allison Toh said the company is “still testing picture-in-picture on iOS with Premium members and hopes to make it available to all iOS users (Premium and non-Premium) in the coming months.” US.”
Update March 30, 6:05 PM ET: Added comment from Google.