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YouTube picture-in-picture is coming to all Android users

Keep watching your videos while navigating around other apps.
David Lumb, @OutOnALumb
June 27, 2018
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YouTube TV introduced a picture-in-picture mode for Android 8.0 Oreo users back in November, which extended to its streaming Red (now Premium and Music) services. The feature works as expected, minimizing videos to a corner to let you keep watching while browsing around other apps. But now it seems the feature is rolling out to non-paying YouTube users, too, as some report seeing the option appear without notice -- though it's restricted to the US for now.

Once picture-in-picture is toggled on in both the YouTube app and system settings, users can reportedly just navigate away while a video is playing and it will automatically minimize toa corner. The feature doesn't work with most music videos, according to the service's FAQ page. It's unclear how long it will take to roll out to all Android users, or when it will extend to iOS. But given how YouTube is starting to add the feature for desktop users (albeit without keeping the window when navigating away from the page), this could mean it's coming to non-Premium viewers across the service.

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