The YouTube iOS app will provide picture-in-picture support so that all users can do other things on iPhone and iPad while watching the video.
Free to All?
A YouTube spokesperson told The Media that the feature is currently rolling out to users. Premium subscribers, and that a rollout for all iOS users (including free ones) in the US is in the works. Apple added support for picture-in-picture video for iPads running iOS 9 and brought it to iPhones running iOS 14.
Since then, it has supported YouTube because the feature was spotty on iPhones and iPads. It works for iPad if you’re using Safari (although some have reported that it doesn’t work for non-premium subscribers). iPhone users could only access the function at regular intervals.
At least in the US, this complication seems to be disappearing. iOS users, with or without a YouTube Premium subscription, will soon be able to access it via the YouTube app, as Android users have been doing for years. YouTube did not provide a timeline for rolling out the feature for free users, but did indicate that the rollout for premium subscribers is underway.