How to use Picture-in-Picture (PiP) on iOS 14?

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

So since version iOS 14, iPhone users have been able to use features Picture-in-Picture (PiP) to see the video in a small window while still able to do things, On the other hand, Apple no longer holds it as an exclusive feature on iPad.

Although Apple added this feature a bit slowly on iOS, they know how to compensate for this delay with some other interesting additions. So in this article, I will show you how to use the Picture-in-Picture feature on the iPhone.

The application supports PiP feature on iOS 14

Currently, you can use this feature with the following applications:

  • Apple TV
  • Safari
  • Podcast
  • FaceTime
  • Music
  • Home
  • Netflix

Don't be sad if your favorite video player is not on the list above. Because application developers can build this feature using Apple's APIs. So in the future, there will be more applications that support PiP.

How to enable PiP on iPhone

After you have installed iOS 14 on your device, this feature is enabled by default.

1. Open a video from the supported application I listed above.

2. In the video playback interface, click on the PiP icon or exit to the main screen, the video will instantly shrink.

3. Click and drag the video anywhere on the home screen you want.

It's simple, isn't it, and now it's time to dig deeper into this feature.

How to use the PiP feature on iPhone

Change the size

Pinch together to zoom out or pinch out to zoom in, depending on the purpose you want.

Hide PiP videos to play in the background

If the miniature video is covering your content, swipe it aside. Depending on whether the PiP video is on the right or left of the screen, flick the video to the right or left.

The video will disappear and an arrow icon will appear to pull the video back when you want it. You can still listen to the audio of the video or FaceTime call.

Turn off PiP mode and return to full-screen view

Click on the small PiP icon in the upper right corner of the thumbnail video to return to the full-screen view.

Turn off PiP video

Just long-press on the "X" icon in the upper left corner of the zoomed video to turn off the video currently playing in PiP mode.

Watch YouTube in PiP mode

Although the YouTube app does not yet support you to play videos in PiP mode on the iPhone. But you can fully take advantage of Safari to do that because Safari already supports PiP.

1. Open the Safari browser, then go to and open a video you want.

2. Now, click the full-screen icon in the bottom right corner of the video.

3. Click on the PiP icon in the upper left corner to put the video into PiP mode.

Tip: You can also return to the main screen to enable PiP for video.

It is done! From here you can move, zoom, or hide PiP videos according to your needs.

How to disable PiP auto-activation on iPhone

It's great that you don't need to do anything to enable the PiP feature on your iPhone because Apple has turned it into a pop-up feature by default on iOS 14. However, this can be frustrating for some users. , especially if you are busy with something.

Imagine you need to exit to the main screen to turn off the video, but it continues to play in PiP mode. You can easily achieve this situation through the procedure below.

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone → tap General (General).

2. Click the Picture in Picture (Picture-in-Picture).

3. Turn off the Start PiP Automatically option.

This option will make the PiP feature only enabled when you click on the PiP icon in the video, not when you exit the main screen.

iOS 14 really has brought some great features for iPhone users. And Picture-in-Picture (picture-in-picture) is one of the most-awaited, required, and most desirable features.

What do you think about this feature? Would you use it? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.