How to Enable YouTube PiP mode without YouTube Red

Android Oreo is already out and users have got a transparent idea of how it looks like. With lots and lots of features already exposed, PiP, acronym for Picture-in-Picture mode, is the most popular among them. It takes multitasking to a new level. Till now, we’ve been working with two different programs in split screens which are fixed on the screen. The PiP mode lets you use a program in a floating window which you can hover around the screen with your finger. Not all the apps support this feature but there are certain like Google Duo, YouTube, Google Maps, and some video calling apps. If you are always clung to YouTube or follow any specific channel in a regular basis, this feature might come in handy. You must have YouTube Red subscription in order to use this feature, but the twist in the plot is you can still use YouTube PiP mode without YouTube Red on your Android 8.0 Oreo.

Before you start with enabling YouTube PiP mode on Android 8.0 Oreo:

To get it working correctly, there are some measures you need to follow:

1. Download “Custom Navigation Bar” from the Play Store. The app is available for free.

2. Download Minimal ADB and Fastboot Tool and install the ADB drivers in your PC. You can also download Official Google Binaries.

3. Enable the USB debugging by navigating to your phone’s Settings  Developer options → USB debugging. Toggle it to enable the function.

How to Enable YouTube PiP mode without YouTube Red

Ensure that all the above steps have been carried out successfully. Now, let’s move on to the procedure.

Step #1: Connect your phone via a USB cable to your PC.

Step #2: Press “WIn + X + C” on the keyboard together to open the Command Prompt. This is where you will type the command.

Allow access to ADB devices if phone asks for permission.

Step #3: Launch the Custom Navigation Bar application from your phone.

Step #4: Tap “Get Started”.

Step #5: You will be prompted to grant permission to your device.

The page of the app on your phone will remain yellow till you do so by executing the command:

adb shell

pm grant xyz.paphonb.systemuituner android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS

Step #6: Once you have granted access, the page will turn from yellow to green. This indicates that the process is successful and you can proceed to the next screen. Tap on the “Arrow” symbol at the bottom right corner to move on.

Step #7: Tap “Start”. It will direct you to the page where you have to pass the compatibility test.

An “Arrow” symbol at the bottom of the screen indicates that your device is compatible with the application. Tap on it to proceed.

Step #8: Now, inside the app, tap on “Navigation bar”.

Step #9: Scroll down through the options and you will see “Type” under the section “Extra left button” and “Extra right button”.

Step #10: Select any of the “Type”.

Step #11: Tap on “Keycode”.

Step #12: A window with the name Keycode will open. From there, scroll down and select “Window”.

Step #13: (Optional step) Now you have to assign an icon through which you can access PiP mode with one touch. To assign one, go to the Navigation Bar menu and tap “Icon” from the options. Choose the icon you want to set.

You are all set to experience the YouTube PiP mode on Android Oreo. The icon you assign will be visible in the panel where the “back”, “home” and “Tasks” buttons appear. Open YouTube and start playing any video. While it is being displayed, tap on the created icon from the bottom panel and you will be directed to the home screen. There you will notice the video still playing in a floating window. Hold and drag it with your finger to position it anywhere on the screen.

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Since this feature has recently arrived in the market, many apps may not support this feature. Developers need time to configure those apps accordingly to work well with PiP mode. Till then, explore the advantages you can have with this floating multitasking window. And share your feedback with us on FacebookTwitter and Google Plus.

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