How to Use Picture-in-Picture Mode on iPad in iOS 11

With iOS 11, Apple has introduced the Picture-in-Picture mode or PiP for their iPad. The functionality allows you to keep videos playing on your screen as you go about writing your emails or even chatting with your friends. So here in this tutorial, we will talk about how you can use Picture-in-Picture mode on iPad in iOS 11.

It is extremely easy to use PiP mode in iOS 11 on iPad, but people new to iOS can stumble into some problems with it. So with this purpose in mind, here is an easy guide to help you use PiP mode on iPad Pro running iOS 11.

How to Use Picture-in-Picture Mode on iPad in iOS 11

Note: Not all the apps currently have support for PiP and the unsupported apps will not be able to use the features. Here is a list of all the apps which currently has support for PiP.

iOS Apps Which Currently Supports PiP mode:

  • Default Video Player.
  • Showtime.
  • NetFlix.
  • Amazon.
  • Hulu.
  • NHL.
  • ESPN.
  • MLB.
  • Pocket.
  • Vudu.
  • HGO Go.

Steps to Enable Picture-in-Picture Mode on iPad in iOS 11

Step #1. Open any one of the above listed apps on your iPad.

Step #2. Start the video.

Step #3. You should notice a PiP button, Tap on it. This will activate the Picture-in-Picture mode.

Step #4. ‘Do not feature’ will be automatically triggered if you leave a PiP enabled app while the video is still playing. The system recognizes this as you have to do another task while still watching the clip.

Now you can easily adjust the PiP window according to your preference. And as it is playing your video, and you go on working, if you think the window is intrusive, you can shove it off the screen without closing the video. After your work is done, you can easily bring it back to your line of sight.

So let’s talk about how you can take full advantage of all these features:

Repositioning PiP Windows on iPad running iOS 11

Step #1. Touch the PiP window with one of your fingers.

Step #2. Drag your finger to the desired place you want the window to be. The Window will follow.

Resizing PiP Windows on iPad running iOS 11

Step #1. Touch down on the PiP window with two fingers.

Step #2. Now pinch your fingers if you want to shrink the video.

Step #3. And if you move your fingers apart, you can also expand the video.

Removing PiP Windows from iPad Screen

Step #1. Touch down on the PiP window with three fingers.

Step #2. Swipe the PiP video to the left or to the Right to remove it from your screen.

Step #3. This gesture will not close the video but simply remove the PiP window. You can bring it back by using the PiP Handle.

Controlling the Videos on Picture-in-Picture Mode

Once you have minimized the video into the PiP mode, you are likely to notice three buttons. You can use these buttons to control the video without having to maximize it.

There is a Play/Pause button, which you can use to pause or resume a video.

Then there is a return to app button which has two rectangles for an icon. You can use this to leave PiP mode and restore the video to full-screen mode.

Lastly, there is the close button which you can use to close the application.

How to Disable PiP mode on iPad

As mentioned earlier, if you leave an app which supports PiP, and the video was playing as you left the app, the PiP mode will automatically activate. Also, your usage pattern might cause you to start PiP mode accidentally.

If you dislike the functionality, then that too can be handled. Just follow the steps mentioned below if you intend to disable PiP mode on your iPad.

Step #1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Now you will need to go to General and then head on over to Multitasking.

Step #3. There you will notice a feature called Persistent Video Overlay. Turn it off.

And there you go, you have successfully disabled PiP mode on your device.

Also See: How to Use PiP Mode on MacBook Pro With Touch Bar

In Conclusion:

So now you all there is to know about Picture-in-Picture mode, as provided by Apple. Use it according to wish or deactivate if you dislike it. The power is now in your hands! Like this feature? Share your feedback with us on FacebookTwitter and Google Plus.

1 COMMENT

  1. Want to work in 2,3, 4 windows or more, and watch any video in any app (YouTube, Netflix, tv & video, etc) in a floating window on top – or a document, or a calculator, etc ANY window you want – and WHEREVER you want to float the window? Use a Surface.

    Oh – and every app supports it, because it doesn’t depend on “app support” – its windows system level. Just add an system tray app like aquasnap and done.

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