Picture-in-Picture mode (or PiP) is a great feature for iPhone and iPad, allowing users to minimize video and have it play in a floating overlay while they browse other content. PiP has some notable limitations, only being compatible with certain video-playing apps, but fear not – we’ve tracked down some nifty workarounds.
Developer Actowise offers a couple of apps for supercharging PiP, so let’s take a closer look at how you can power-up the feature.
Consumers of YouTube will be all too familiar with the platform’s Picture-in-Picture limitations. Namely, PiP isn’t available for users of the video-streaming service unless you’re a paying customer of YouTube Premium (in which case you can enable Picture-in-Picture as an “experimental” feature).
Fortunately, that’s not the case with YubePiP. Simply download and install the free app, launch it to search for a YouTube video, and tap the PiP icon near the top of the screen when the video begins streaming. You’ll now be able to watch your YouTube content in the standard PiP overlay.
FilePiP is a little different. While iPhones don’t offer support for the iPad’s useful split-screen multitasking features, FilePiP provides users with a workaround, essentially allowing you to view the contents of documents, files, and even the Photos app within the PiP overlay view.
Again, the process couldn’t be simpler. Launch FilePiP and choose whether you’d like to Picture-in-Picture-ify an image, video, slideshow, or PDF. The content will be beamed over to the PiP window and you’ll be able to minimize it using the same familiar icon.
It’s worth noting that when it comes to FilePiP, users will need to pay a $5/£5 in-app purchase to unlock support for slideshows and PDFs, while individual images and videos are available free of charge.
So there you have it. Unless Apple expands the functionality of Picture-in-Picture (which, let’s face it, may never happen), users have the power of YouPiP and FilePiP at their fingertips. Both apps can be yours to use free of charge, with the optional extra of paying to unlock even more features.