YouTube website now prevents iOS 14’s picture-in-picture mode until you pay for Premium. One of the biggest and latest features of the iOS 14 is the “picture-in-picture mode”. This feature allows you to watch videos in a small window. Even while you are doing other operations on your phone.
Well, that could be very easy to use if you say, would like to watch videos in a small window. Even while you are doing other operations on your phone. Also, that could be very easy to use if you say, would like to watch a YouTube video in Safari.
Even while you are communicating or interacting with your friends or checking email online. But sadly enough, it looks like YouTube has actually done something. To prevent videos to keep playing when you activate PIP mode. That is, only if you pay for YouTube Premium.
You can check this yourself. All you need to do is to bring up a video on the website of YouTube in Safari. Just right from your phone and capture a full screen. When you click to pull up playback controls, you should be able to notice a picture-in-picture icon on the upper left side of your screen.
Click on that, and the video shortly moves into its own window before it now finally returns to its normal spot on the YouTube site. Even if you try going back to your home screen while watching in full screen a video, you will still notice that it shortly goes into picture-in-picture mode before it finally leaves.
MacRumors Comment Concerning the YouTube Website
Excitingly, as noticed by MacRumors, you can actually watch videos on YouTube in picture-in-picture mode if they are placed on a website. Also, if you have YouTube Premium, picture-in-picture works very well as you expected it to. However, it is not operating very well if you are a free user.
This wasn’t the same instance as currently as the other day, following what MacRumors said, and I recalled it was operating very fine on the iOS 14 betas far ahead of the official release of the software later this week.
Well, the picture-in-picture mode still operates with YouTube videos in Safari if you are making use of an iPad, not regarding if you have a free account or even a Premium account.
Furthermore, it is so uncertain and confusing if the company purposely withdrew the functionality or it is just a bug. YouTube reduces the way you play videos in the background to YouTube Premium subscribers for its own app. It seems convincing that YouTube wants to limit picture-in-picture to its potential subscribers.
However, Google and Apple haven’t responded to a request for comment yet.