Picture-in-Picture or PIP is one of the cool features that allows you to overlay your video on any other window on your PC and still be able to do what you’re doing without the need to necessarily stay glued-up to video interface or window.
YouTube is definitely the biggest video sharing platform in the world and while there are literally billions of users that visits the platform daily for whatever reason best known to them including you, there is a way by which you too can watch your YouTube videos in picture-in-picture giving you the chance to multitask and do other things with your video interface at one corner of the screen.
For the sake of this tutorial, we’ll be using the Chrome Browser but the step is almost the same on other popular mainstream web browsers such a Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox browser.
How to enter Picture-in-Picture mode on YouTube
The first thing to do is to launch your web browser irrespective of what it is and then visit YouTube and then click on the video that you want to watch in picture-in-picture.
To proceed, you must first play the video by clicking on the play button or tap the play icon at the tool bar beneath the video player. The next thing to do is to then right-click on the video pane twice which will then open up an array of menu options.
NOTE: The first time you right-click the video pane you will see a menu for doing things like looping a video. The second time you right-click the video pane you will get a different menu that has other browser-based options. From that menu click on Picture in Picture hence the double right-clicks.
Click on the Picture-in-picture option on the list and it will automatically open up a small pop-up window which can be dragged around to any corner on your screen. The default location of the pop-up is usually by the right bottom corner just above the notification section of the task bar.
With this, you can be able to watch your Joe Rogan podcast via YouTube without the need to say glued to YouTube while working. You can be writing a software program and keep the small window down there somewhere on your screen as the pop-up should stay at the top of whatever application you’re running on your Windows 10 PC.
There is also the ability to resize the pop-up window to whatever size you so wish. All you have to do is place your pointer on one corner of the screen and when the drag icon appears, then double tap or left-click to hold down while you drag your mouse to extend the size to whatever is your preference. It works the same you would resize any window or an application on your computer.
When you are finished with the video being in picture-in-picture mode you can return it to the tab it came from. Just hover over the screen and click the “Back to tab” button or you can just click on the “X” button which closes the Window altogether.
However, you’re only limited to two controls which are pause and play. There will be no next or previous or the timeline drag beneath the video just as the standard video on YouTube itself. So you’ll have to stick with whatever is being show without the chance of skipping it.
This same step can also be taken to enable Picture-in-picture for Mac users. All you need to do in your Safari browser for example is to basically do the double right-click and then select the Enter Picture-in-Picture and then you’ll be on to the interface under a second.