YouTube customers on iPhone or iPad can once more entry picture-in-picture mode on all browsers when visiting the video-sharing cellular website when operating the current iOS 14.5 beta.
The power was final working with the iOS 14.0.1 replace however was restricted to Apple’s personal Safari browser. The iOS 14.5 beta replace rolled out just some days in the past – our colleagues over at 9to5Mac have done a deep dive into all of the new additions – however this very particular characteristic is often reserved for YouTube Premium subscribers.
Identical to on Android, picture-in-picture mode — utilizing the cellular website workaround — was solely obtainable to these with a YouTube Premium account for a while on iOS. One other notable is that YouTube Premium prices $11.99 per thirty days within the US, however because of Apple’s App Retailer 30% fee insurance policies, you’ll pay $15.99 should you enroll on an iOS machine by way of the app.
The YouTube app on iOS doesn’t but help picture-in-picture mode, with the one workaround being through the cellular website in a browser. Now we have seen this characteristic eliminated a number of occasions earlier than, which does lead us to surprise why this characteristic has returned within the iOS 14.5 beta. It’s value noting that iOS 14 gives the flexibility for builders to help picture-in-picture mode, so it’s even stranger that YouTube wouldn’t permit the choice.
It actually does appear to be a ridiculous constraint, however now not are you sure to Safari to get this picture-in-picture choice working. It’s additionally neat that you just don’t must be signed in to your YouTube account, nor do you want a Premium subscription to entry the characteristic. Now we have examined on Firefox and Chrome for iOS (h/t Tim Hardwick) with the identical consequence — which you’ll be able to see beneath:
Like that final time, we’re merely unsure how lengthy you’ll have the ability to entry this picture-in-picture workaround on iOS gadgets with the YouTube cellular website. It was unceremoniously disabled in a earlier replace, which is extremely more likely to occur once more right here. This replace hasn’t affected the background play characteristic that’s nonetheless obtainable to Premium subscribers through the YouTube iOS app.
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