YouTube is finally rolling out picture-in-picture support

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iOS 14 Hero Picture In Picture (Image credit: Rene Ritchie)

What you need to know

  • YouTube is rolling out support for picture-in-picture.
  • In the United States, picuture-in-picture support will be available for all users.
  • It will only be available for Premium users internationally.

YouTube has been playing footsie with picture-in-picture support on iOS for years and, after a long and confusing road, it's finally rolling out...for some of us.

Today, the company announced that picture-in-picture support is "slowly" rolling out for the YouTube app on the iPhone and iPad. According to the announcement, the feature will be available for all users in the United States, except for music videos. That means that you'll need a Premium subscription in the United States if you want to use picture-in-picture for music on the app.

Unfortunately, the feature will still be limited to Premium users in all other countries outside of the United States. If you choose to upgrade to YouTube Premium in the United States, you'll also be able to use picture-in-picture with music.

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Google says that the feature will require an iPhone or iPad running iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 or later. That makes sense as Apple first introduced picture-in-picture support with those versions of its software.

There isn't a way to manually update to get picture-in-picture support so just keep an eye out as, at some point, it's just going to start working!

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.