YouTube TV launches picture-in-picture support for iPhone and iPad
What you need to know
- YouTube TV now supports picture-in-picture on the iPhone and iPad.
- Users need to be running iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 or later in order to get the feature.
- The regular YouTube app still doesn't support picture-in-picture for all users.
YouTube TV is bringing a long-awaited feature to the iPhone and iPad - picture in picture.
The company announced on Twitter that users running iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 or later can now enjoy picture in picture for the YouTube TV app on the iPhone and iPad. According to the company, enabling picture in picture is the same as any other app that supports the feature - just start a video and swipe up from the bottom of your device.
iPhone & iPad users 🔊
We're happy to share that picture-in-picture is now rolling out to your iOS 15+ devices. Simply select a video to watch and swipe ⬆️ from the bottom of the screen to return to the device's homepage. The video can scale down and move across your screen.iPhone & iPad users 🔊
We're happy to share that picture-in-picture is now rolling out to your iOS 15+ devices. Simply select a video to watch and swipe ⬆️ from the bottom of the screen to return to the device's homepage. The video can scale down and move across your screen.— YouTube TV (@YouTubeTV) March 30, 2022March 30, 2022
It's a long time coming for picture and picture support for YouTube TV. Most of the other streaming apps, like Hulu, HBO Max, Apple TV, and Disney+, have supported the feature for years now. Apple originally brought picture in picture to the iPhone and iPad back when it released iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to the public in the fall of 2020.
With the launch of picture in picture for the YouTube TV app, there is one app that is still awaiting the feature that is close to home for Google: the YouTube app. Picture in picture has been available to YouTube Premium subscribers as an experimental feature for a while now, by the company has yet to bring it to all users.
With the launch of the feature on YouTube TV, Google has no more excuses to deny YouTube users a generally expected feature for the iPhone and iPad in 2022.
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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.
I wonder how long this rollout will take. I still haven't received that update and with how long they've taken to rollout 5.1 audio to Apple TV it doesn't make me hopeful that I'll see it anytime soon