What you need to know
- YouTube has removed Picture in Picture support for most users in iOS 14.
- It seems to only be working in Safari for YouTube Premium subscribers.
- There are still some workarounds for the rest of us.
Reported by MacRumors, it appears that YouTube's support for Picture in Picture on the iPhone is being reserved for YouTube premium subscribers. While some users thought that the lack of support in iOS 14 may have been a bug, it appears that the move to turn it off is intentional.
Picture in Picture in iOS 14 stopped working on iPhone for videos on YouTube's website. YouTube videos embedded elsewhere still work fine. pic.twitter.com/8vTFy4u3UtPicture in Picture in iOS 14 stopped working on iPhone for videos on YouTube's website. YouTube videos embedded elsewhere still work fine. pic.twitter.com/8vTFy4u3Ut— Eric Slivka (@eslivka) September 18, 2020September 18, 2020
For YouTube Premium subscribers, the YouTube app on the iPhone still does not support Picture in Picture in iOS 14, but users can get it working through the Safari app. That workaround had been working for all users prior to the release of iOS 14 on Wednesday, but it appears that it is now only working for Premium subscribers.
There are still some workarounds for non-Premium YouTube users. According to the report, you are able to get Picture in Picture working when playing a YouTube video that is embedded on a third-party website. You can also get it working by requesting the desktop site on the iPhone.
This isn't the only issue YouTube is having with Apple's new software. It has also been revealed that YouTube on the Apple TV is still missing 4K playback on tvOS 14.
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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.