The latest version update for iPhone was just released recently. The iOS 14 update brings in a bunch of major changes to the entire iPhone. Out of these, the iOS 14 update also brings about the stable release of the Picture in Picture(PiP) mode for the applications in iOS. However, like every new release, the users are already facing issues with it.
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Fix iOS 14 Picture in Picture (PIP) Not Working issue
What frustrates the iPhone users around the world is how the Picture in Picture mode refuses to cope with their multitasking needs. The functionality seems to be suffering from some kind of error and the users are report it not working on their iPhone. Due to this reason, we’re writing up this guide on the fixes for iOS 14 Picture in Picture (PIP) not working issue. If you’re still struggling with the PiP issue on your iPhone, then the below fixes are worth taking a look at.
1. Make sure you’ve updated to iOS 14
The first thing to look out for, before diving in any further, is to ensure that your iPhone is on iOS 14. The stable release of the Picture in Picture feature came out with iOS 14 so this is something that’s worth checking. To check your software version, simply go to Setting→General→About. Inside the about page, make sure the Software Version is on 14.0. If not, update your iPhone.
2. Restart you iPhone
If the above fix is checked, then the next thing you can do is restart your iPhone. We recommend that you do this before proceeding to any of the following fixes as restarting the iPhone will eliminate any new or temporary bugs that are causing you the problem. After restarting, try and see if the PiP mode is now working. If it not, move on to the next steps.
3. Update the apps
As of now, many of the native iPhone apps support the Picture in Picture feature. They include Apple TV, Music, Podcasts, etc. If you’re wondering about third-party apps, then popular video apps such as Netflix and Hulu also supports this feature. However, there are still a bunch of applications that are yet to implement this feature into their codes, such as YouTube. As this the case, we suggest that you keep updating the applications on your iPhone that do not yet support the Picture in Picture feature. Since this feature is quickly rising to fame, many more of your favorite apps will implement this feature if they haven’t yet done it. So, keep updating the applications.
4. Turning on Picture in Picture mode – Automatic and Manual
The first thing to make sure is automatically enabling Picture in Picture mode. An app that supports this feature should automatically enter the Picture in Picture mode whenever you swipe up from the bottom or click the home button to go back home. If the application doesn’t enter the PIP mode(even after all the above fixes are applied and checked), then you might want to check the settings of the Picture in Picture functionality. For automatically turning on the PIP mode, navigate to Settings→General→Picture in Picture. From there, toggle on the switch for Turn PiP Automatically.
If you’re looking to manually turn on the Picture in Picture mode, then the steps are completely different. You may also manually turn it on if the automatic feature isn’t working for you for some reason. To manually turn on the Picture in Picture feature, turn the application to full-screen mode while playing/streaming. Then, simply click on the PiP icon at the top left side of the screen. This will now open that app in PiP mode and you can easily multitask now.
5. How to open YouTube in Picture in Picture mode
The first thing to note is that the actual YouTube app in the iPhone does not yet support Picture in Picture mode. However, you can actually open YouTube in PiP mode through YouTube web, although you still need a premium account to do this as of now. To do this, open Safari and go to youtube.com. From there, open the video you want and start playing it in full screen mode. On the top left side of the screen, you’ll see the PiP mode icon. Simply tap it and that’ll open it in PiP mode.
6. Offload or Reinstall the application
The final possible fix is to offload or reinstall the application that prevents you from opening it in PiP mode. Although reinstalling it is the best option, it is also suggested to just offload that particular application so that it won’t clear any of its data. To do this, simply navigate to Settings→General→iPhone Storage. From there, choose the app that’s giving you the trouble. You’ll now see the option to Offload and Uninstall the application. Choose the one you feel comfortable with and see if that solves the issue.
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Moving to a conclusion, that covers every possible fix there is that has the potential to solve the Picture in Picture mode error in iOS 14. The first two steps in this guide are crucial so we highly suggest that you try them out first and then move to the following fixes if the problem still persists.That said, we hope reading the guide above has brought some valuable information and help to you. Please let us know by commenting down below if you have any further queries regarding the same.