YouTube TV is a streaming TV service that offers a wide range of video services including live TV, on-demand video, and cloud-based DVR from over 85 TV networks. The streaming TV space is still rapidly changing with the latest feature being picture-in-pictureallowingone to continue watching videos on YouTube TV while using other apps.
YouTube TV can do picture-in-picture but will some limitations such as the device supported and the content being accessed. This is important to both new subscribers and football fans who may be planning on catching two different games at the same time on the same device.
How picture-in-picture works
Picture-in-picture (PiP) is a great feature when catching your favorite show or live TV on YouTube TV need to for example respond to a message or look up something on the web. It works by shrinking the current video on YouTube TV into a small player that you can easily move around your home screen and position it in a convenient location over the other apps. This gives you the convenience of carrying out your other activities with an uninterrupted video.
Devices & content supported by PiP
Despite YouTube TV being available on a wide range of devices ranging from Smart TV to PCs, the picture-in-picture feature is limited to a few devices. It’s only available on Android smartphones and mobile devices at the moment which means that PiP is only available on Android mobile phones and tablets. This means that most of the devices supported that YouTube TV runs on are not able to use this feature including other Android devices such as Android TVs.
Besides the device, PiP only supports using another app on your phone or tablet instead of watching two YouTube videos at the same time. For example, when you enable PiP, you can minimize the YouTube app player and keep watching a video on it while using your device for other purposes like using your browser or for social media. This means that you can’t open two different videos on the YouTube app at the same time. Also, with PiP activated, you can’t play two different videos at the same time despite them being on two different apps. For example, you can’t play a video on YouTube TV and play another on Netflix or Hulu. In such a case, the YouTube TV video will automatically pause and the second app’s video will play and vice versa.
How to enable PiP on YouTube TV
Firstly, make sure you’ve downloaded the YouTube TV app on your Android mobile device. Launch the app and then navigate to the profile icon on the top-right corner and tap on it. Tap on ‘Settings’ and select ‘Picture in Picture’. Switch on ‘Allow Picture in Picture’ to turn it on.
To turn off PiP, go to the top-right corner and tap on your profile picture then on tap on the Settings icon, and select Picture-in-Picture. To turn it off, switch ‘Allow picture in Picture’ off. When using PiP and you want to dismiss it, you can tap on the PiP player to show controls and then tap on the X icon at the corner of the PiP player. Alternatively, you can simply drag the PiP player to the bottom of your screen and dismiss it.
How to use PiP on iOS
Unfortunately, PiP isn’t available on iOS. However, on iPad, you can use the split-screen feature instead. Firstly, open your second app and ensure it features on the Dock bar at the bottom of the Home page. After this, launch YouTube TV and then gently swipe up from the bottom of the screen so as to see the Dock. Once you’re able to see the Dock bar, tap and hold the second app and then drag it all the way towards the screen right edge and then let it. Note that not all apps support the split-screen mode. In case you drag an app and only run on full-screen then you know why.
How to Fix
How to enable picture-in-picture on Android mobile device
Open the YouTube TV app on your device and then tap on the Settings icon on the top-right corner and select ‘Picture in Picture’. Finally, Switch on ‘Allow Picture in Picture’.
Why can’t I use the split-screen on my iPad?
Not all iPads support the split-screen feature, only the iPad Pro, iPad 5th gen or later, iPad Air 2 or later, and iPad Mini 4 or later models support this feature.
What devices are supported by PiP?
Only Android mobile devices support PiP.