YouTube picture in picture or PiP was one of the most helpful features to have ever existed on the platform. And if you are wondering, yes, I mean it when I say “was”. The YouTube picture in picture feature was available for YouTube premium users who had their devices updated to iOS 14+. After some experimentation, the feature was completely removed from iOS devices. Neither the free version nor a YouTube premium subscription can enable the picture in picture mode on iOS devices.
Doesn’t matter which version of the OS is installed on your device.
This is a bummer for many users considering how useful the PiP feature can be. A recent Twitter post made by YouTube is the reason why this topic has been gaining a lot of attention recently. This may have led people to believe that the YouTube picture in picture feature should be available on devices with iOS 15+ installed. More on that Tweet, below.
All about YouTube picture in picture for iOS 15:
A recent Tweet made by YouTube mentioned that the picture in picture feature will be available for all devices running iOS 15+. But many users later realised that the news was only for YouTube TV. Things with the actual YouTube app we know and trust are going to be just the way it is.
Currently, the PiP feature can only be accessed by YouTube premium users on Android devices. Other than that, no one would have access to it with a different setup. Hence, as far as fixing the problem with YouTube picture in picture on iOS 15 goes, you can’t do it. You cannot fix something that has been forced out of existence. There are no updates provided by YouTube on whether they are planning to bring the PiP feature back or not. So there’s no point in expecting the PiP feature to return any time soon.