How to Enable and Use Picture-in-Picture Mode on iPad

In today’s fast-paced world, multitasking has become a necessity, and the Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode on the iPad is a boon for productivity. Learn how to use this nifty feature  that allows users to watch a video or FaceTime while simultaneously working in other apps. What started as an iPad exclusive has now expanded to other Apple devices, greatly enhancing multitasking capabilities.

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Picture-in-Picture on iPad Compatibility and Requirements

To enjoy PiP mode, ensure your device is compatible. It’s available on any iPad Pro, iPads from the 5th generation onwards, the iPad Air 2 and later versions, and the iPad mini 4 and subsequent models. Your device must run at least iOS 14. Staying up-to-date with software updates is crucial to maintain access to such features.

Apps That Support PiP Services

PiP mode supports a variety of apps, including FaceTime, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, Safari, and now even YouTube. However, some applications, like the Photos app, still lack this functionality.

Enabling Picture-in-Picture Mode

To enable PiP while watching a video or during a FaceTime call, follow these steps:

  1. Start playing your video or initiate a FaceTime call.
  2. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to activate PiP mode. Ensure the video continues playing as you perform this gesture.
  3. If using a video player, you might see a PiP icon. Tap this to switch modes.

Using Picture-in-Picture Controls

Once PiP mode is active, you can:

  • Drag the PiP window to reposition it on the screen.
  • Hide the video by dragging it off the screen’s edge, then tap the gray arrow to bring it back.
  • Use a pinch gesture to resize the PiP window, making it larger or smaller.
  • Tap the PiP screen during a FaceTime call or the PiP icon in a video player to return to full-screen.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

If you encounter issues with PiP, such as the feature not working or the icon not appearing, check if your current app supports PiP and ensure you’re using the latest iOS version. Restarting the app or your iPad can also resolve some of these problems.

Tips and Tricks

For an enhanced multitasking experience, use PiP mode while following an online tutorial, allowing you to perform tasks alongside the instructional video. It’s also helpful when you need to reference a video or call without pausing your other activities.

PiP mode is an excellent tool that can significantly improve your multitasking abilities on the iPad. By enabling you to watch videos or continue your FaceTime calls while using other apps, it helps you stay productive and connected.