How to Fix iPhone Picture in Picture Not Working

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This tutorial discusses how to solve the iPhone Picture in Picture mode not working. Picture-in-Picture (PiP) support has been present on the iPad for years. But starting iOS 14, you also get PiP functionality on iPhone. So finally, you don’t need to pause the video whenever you want to switch to another app.

This PiP feature works flawlessly and lets you quickly switch between three different sizes. But as is the case with anything new, you might run into problems getting Picture-in-Picture mode to work on iPhone. There are several reasons why this could happen. So without further ado, let’s discuss some of the ways that can help you get Picture-in-Picture up and running again on your iPhone.

Here are some solutions to fix Picture in Picture iPhone not working:

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Have you upgraded your iPhone to iOS 14? If you are still on iOS 13, you cannot use Picture-in-Picture mode. The stable release of iOS 14 is out, and you can immediately install it on any supported iPhone (from iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus onwards).

To check your current iOS version, go to
Settings > General > About. If you are still using an older iOS version, return to the previous screen, then tap Software Update to upgrade your device to iOS 14.

Even if you are using iOS 14, it is worth installing any additional updates, if available. That could help fix PiP-related bugs.

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Almost all native iPhone apps (Apple TV, Music, Podcasts, etc.) support Picture-in-Picture mode. Third-party video apps like Netflix and Hulu also provide PiP functionality, but you will also find many apps that don’t provide it.

Since Picture-in-Picture mode is so popular, most developers will definitely include it in their apps. So, we recommend that you keep updating any app that doesn’t support PiP yet. You may also need to check the release notes for an app whenever you see a new update listed in the App Store.

To update apps on your iPhone, long press the App Store icon on the Home screen or App Library, then tap Updates.

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Swiping up (or pressing the Home button) while playing a video in a PiP supported app will automatically bring up the PiP video pane. If that doesn’t happen, make sure to switch the video to full screen mode, then swipe up (or press the Home button).

Still not able? Try checking the Picture-in-Picture settings of your iPhone. open
Settings > General > Picture in Picture and make sure the switch next to Start PiP Automatically turned on.

Also read: How to Enable Picture in Picture on iPhone

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If your iPhone still doesn’t enter Picture-in-Picture mode when exiting the Home screen, try opening the PiP page manually. While streaming video, switch the app to full screen mode. Then, tap on the little PiP icon in the top-left corner of the screen, if it’s visible.

This forces the video to the PiP panel. You can then exit to the Home screen, and the video will continue to play in PiP mode.

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At the time this article was published, YouTube does not support Picture-in-Picture mode. But instead of waiting for the update, you can use Safari to watch YouTube in PiP mode.

Open the YouTube web app, sign in with your Google Account (if you want to access your playlists and recommendations), then load the video. Switch to full screen mode then exit to the Home screen.

And! Enjoy YouTube in PiP mode. You can also try this with other apps that don’t support PiP mode as long as those apps have a web player that you can access via Safari.

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If you are reading this while still in the early phase of the stable release of iOS 14, you may encounter an error in its functionality. Rebooting or restarting your iPhone can help patch it.

If your iPhone supports Face ID, press the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons respectively, then hold down the Side button. That will bring up the Slide to Power Off prompt.

On iPhone models with a physical Home button, hold down the Power button instead. Once your iPhone is off, hold down the Side/Power button to restart it.

Those are some solutions to solve iPhone PiP mode not working. Hope you are now watching videos in PiP mode without any problems. Keep in mind that PiP is not yet available in every app, so make sure to always update the apps on your iPhone.