iOS 14 integrates the function Picture-in-Picture (PiP) on the iPhone, allowing users to continue viewing a video while using other apps or navigating in the Home screen. Here’s how to use the PiP.

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When we use the PiP function, the video will continue playing in a small floating window that we can resize it (big or small) and move anywhere on the screen. This means that, for the first time ever, on the iPhone we can use two apps at the same time in multitasking (the app that plays the video and any other app you’re going to use).

How to use the Picture-to-Picture on the iPhone

Playing Picture-in-Picture is compatible with all iOS devices 14 (iPhone IF the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XS iPhone 11 and later models).

Here’s how to activate it:

  • Open a video app such as Apple TV or Twitch
  • Start playing a video
  • Scroll to the top to return to the Home screen (or click on the Home button on the iPhone without any Face ID)
  • The reproduction of the saw will be moved automatically in a floating window, and separate, at the top of the main screen
  • Now you can use any other app and the video will continue to be played

In addition to be able to resize (using the pinch-to-zoom), and move the PiP window of the video, you can also move it on the side of the display to hide it temporarily: you just need to slide in the direction of the side of the display that is located in the video window at that moment. Once you have hidden the video, you will still hear the audio. By tapping and dragging the tab and thou shalt make reappear the video in the PiP.

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By clicking on the video window will appear and the controller play/pause, jump forward or back 15 seconds, close, and “full screen“. The last option will take the video again (and the app) in the foreground, removing the PiP.

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The Picture in Picture function requires the implementation of in-app from the developer, for this not all of them work already with this news. At the moment, for example, you can take advantage of the PiP of the video on YouTube , only via Safari. One of the first to third app to support the feature is Twitch, while for the other you will have to wait for updates from the developers.

Also, the multitasking PiP also works during video calls FaceTime, in order to perform any other task on the iPhone while we continue to look at the person with whom we are speaking.