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Picture in picture or PiP has been a welcome feature where available, allowing users to conveniently multitask and still enjoy a video stream. 

Android users have been blessed with the benefits for plenty of years without running into any complications with the app. 

Apple, however, has run into a few hitches. Recently the company has slowly been introducing support for PiP within the YouTube iOS app. The latest iOS 14 update for iPhones brought picture-in-picture to the Apple ecosystem as did iPads with iOS 9, but it was problematic at best. 

Many iPhone users quickly reported that they were only able to access the feature sporadically. There have been a few workarounds for some iPad models but only by watching YouTube videos from the Safari browser rather than from the YouTube app itself.

Others noted that it appeared only to function for Premium subscribers. There is a reason for this according to The Verge, a YouTube spokesperson told them that the feature has been rolling out to Premium subscribers and is ongoing as we speak. 

YouTube PiP feature
Image credit: macrumors.com

So presently, the picture-in-picture support for the YouTube app is only letting premium subscription users watch their favorite videos whilst they are busy using other iPhone and iPad apps. 

However, as Mitchel Clark reported for The Verge all that is about to change. Word is that the plan is to eventually launch the support for all iOS users across the United States.

So it seems that the complications encountered with the Youtube app after the recent iOS 14 update will soon be solved. At least for those Apple users based in the US. 

We will all soon have access to picture in picture streaming directly from the YouTube app with or without a YouTube Premium subscription/

For now, there is no concrete info in regards to YouTube’s timeframe but as the Premium rollout is in progress it shouldn’t be too long before all the kinks are worked out. Hopefully, we won’t have too long to wait for it.

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