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You Can Finally Play YouTube Videos in Picture-in-Picture Mode on iOS

No, you don't need to be on YouTube Premium.
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After being left out for years, YouTube is finally rolling out Picture-in-Picture for iPhones, iPads, and other iOS devices. And yes, the support is coming for both premium and non-premium subscribers. 

The feature has been a long time coming for iOS users. Support was, initially, not the best as it only actually worked on Safari instead of the YouTube app itself. So, what exactly can you do with the feature? Well, you can watch videos in a smaller window while using other apps on your device. More multitasking, more... time to do things at the same time?

In a statement released to MacRumors, YouTube said: "Picture-in-Picture (PiP) allows users to watch YouTube videos in a small mini player while simultaneously browsing outside of the YouTube app on their mobile device. We’re starting to roll out PiP for YouTube Premium members on iOS and plan to launch PiP for all US iOS users as well."

There's a catch, though. 

Premium users are getting the support first. While the rest of iOS YouTube users will get it at a later time. There's no telling when exactly, but the important thing is, picture-in-picture is live. That's something, at least.

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