YouTube testing picture-in-picture on the web for simultaneous watching, browsing

Joanna Estrada
March 20, 2018

There is now no way to disable the test if your account has it. With PiP mode, YouTube users will be able to browse the site while watching a video, by minimising it to a floating window. However, the video can be closed, which mirrors the mobile experience; in the apps, the user swipes the video to the side, which closes it.

YouTube has started testing a picture-in-picture feature on desktop, hinting at the arrival of the same floating window now available on mobile devices. A similar floating mode is apparently being tested on the web now. On the 9to5Google team, it is only available on one account, though it is working through several sign-ins, including on Chrome and Safari for Mac and Chrome OS.

9to5google also found that you can still control the video while it plays in the corner, with play/pause and replay included in the functionality. In this feature, when a video is played and the user clicks anywhere on the screen, that video player will be reduced to a "sizeable" floating window in the bottom-right corner of the screen. The name of the video is displayed underneath, while full playlists can be viewed and scrolled by tapping an icon in the bottom-right corner. It is also being said that this feature could come to YouTube Red subscribers first followed by others.

It's not yet known when this feature will be rolled out to more users, but given how much more convenient its made browsing on mobile, we hope it's not too long until we're all browsing YouTube while watching on desktop.

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