Who knows how long we are all going to have to wait for picture-in-picture support for the YouTube app.
As reported by 9to5Google, YouTube has officially ended its testing for picture-in-picture support on the iPhone and iPad. It had been available to YouTube Premium subscribers as an experimental feature for almost a year now but, as of this weekend, it is no longer available to any users of the app looking to enable it.
While Google has been notifying would-be users that “the feature you’re trying has been turned off,” it is apparently still working for YouTube Premium subscribers who already had the feature turned on before Google shut it down.
That said, the YouTube PiP still works for iPhone and iPad users that previously had the test enabled. It did not disappear on one iPad we actively use PiP on, while installing the YouTube app on a new iPhone and signing into a Premium account enabled it.
Premium users, however, that never tried the experiment do not have PiP today. YouTube has yet to widely roll out the capability 10 months later.
I personally enabled the experimental picture-in-picture feature as a YouTube Premium subscriber months ago and can confirm that the feature still works per the above report.
Google has already said that it plans to formally roll out picture-in-picture support to YouTube Premium subscribers as a perk. It also plans to make the feature available to all YouTube users, Premium or not, in the United States. The company has not yet stated when the roll-out will actually happen, however.
YouTube has some catching up to do. Picture-in-picture has quickly become an expected feature for video apps on the iPhone and iPad since Apple rolled it out with iOS 14 a couple of years ago. Even the YouTube TV app added support for the feature at the end of March.
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