For some, one of the coolest new features in iOS 14 is picture-in-picture mode, which was previously only available on the iPad. This allows you to continue watching a video from an app in an interactive floating overlay window on the home screen or in other apps. But it can be annoying to others if it seems unexpected all the time, and there is a way to stop it.
For example, let’s say you’re watching a video in full screen mode in an app that supports picture in picture. If you don’t want to see it anymore – be it because you’re checking your email, chatting with someone, browsing your home screen, or whatever ̵
This happens in apps like Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Disney +, HBO, Netflix, Hulu and FaceTime, as well as in web browsers like Safari, Chrome and Edge. PiP may be a godsend for some when it comes to multitasking, but for others, maybe even you, having PiP triggered without your asking can be a distraction.
Instead of trying to change your habits (stopping the video before exiting the app will prevent PiP mode from starting), you can turn off PiP activation when you close an app with a video playing. If you want to use Picture in Picture, you have to activate it manually on your iPhone.
How picture in picture works
To reiterate, Picture in Picture works automatically in iOS 14.0 and later on any iPhone that supports the operating system. Play a video in a compatible media player to start. You can then either tap the PiP button in the player controls (if available) or close the app (swipe up on Face ID models or use the home button) while the content is still playing.
A floating overlay window continues to play the video, which you can then move around the screen. You can also resize it by pinching, pinching, or double-tapping the window. On the PiP overlay you will find buttons that you can use to pause the video, return to full screen mode and close the window. To hide it, but still here, just swipe the window left or right of the screen.
Disable “picture in picture” for automatic work
Open the Settings app, tap General, and select Picture in Picture. “Start PiP automatically” is activated by default. Turn off the switch to prevent it from occurring all the time. That’s all there is to it.
How PiP works when automatic playback is deactivated
Try it if “Start PiP automatically” is deactivated. If you try to exit a supported app while playing a video, the video will pause and you won’t see a floating overlay – just like in previous versions of iOS.
Manually enable picture in picture for video
Picture in picture is not completely deactivated, it just starts automatically. Well whenever you to do If you want to watch a video in PiP mode, you have to trigger it manually. When you’re playing a video, just tap the PiP button, which looks like a minimize icon. This will activate PiP and allow you to exit the app while watching the video in the floating overlay.
The PiP button in a player can look different depending on the developer of the app. For example, Apple TV, HBO Max, and Vudu have different PiP symbols.
However, some third-party apps that support PiP mode in iOS 14 omit the PiP button in their players. For example, Netflix hides the control in its player. Therefore, in these cases you may have to toggle “Start PiP automatically” temporarily. If after that it still doesn’t work in the app, then the app either never supported PiP mode or removed support for it.
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