If you are like me and you find it annoying to have to pop over to the YouTube app any time friends links you a new video to see, then you will be excited to know that Android Oreo has a new picture in picture mode that lets you keep watching your videos while you multitask on your phone.
Android 8.0 has a new feature; Picture in Picture mode. It is available for any app that chooses to support it.
VLC picture in picture view has already been implemented. You need only update VLC Player to the latest version, and make sure you are running Android 8+ to use it.
The PiP mode lets you use video calling apps like Duo, video apps like YouTube, and even apps like Google Maps in a floating window, while you multitask with ease.
The mode should come especially handy while watching YouTube videos but, sadly, you need to have the YouTube Red subscription to use YouTube in Picture in Picture mode.
The only demerit is that the YouTube PiP implementation requires you to be a YouTube Red subscriber.
The truth is that as far as YouTube is concerned the Picture in Picture view is exclusive to YouTube Red subscribers. Any other media player you have, even Chrome will be able to enter Picture in Picture Android.
If you open a YouTube video in Chrome however, you will not be able to enter Picture in Picture mode. With other video hosting sites like Vimeo, you need only play a video and tap the home button to switch to Picture in Picture mode.
Well, as you might have guessed, there is a way to enable YouTube Picture in Picture mode on your Android Oreo smartphone without having the YouTube Red subscription.
YouTube Picture In Picture mode
If you have a YouTube Red subscription, you can easily switch to Picture in Picture mode. Just open a video, tap the home key and you will get a floating YouTube video on your screen. You can reposition it anywhere on your screen and pause / play the video.
Requirement to Enable YouTube PiP Mode Android o
Before we start going over the steps required to enable the YouTube PiP mode Android O, here are a few things that you must ensure first:
===> Download the Custom Navigation Bar app (free, with in-app purchases) on your device. (Though, the settings could be a bit complicated, you will get to know it as you keep reading)
===> Install ADB drivers on your computer. For this, you can choose to download either Minimal ADB & Fastboot or the official Google binaries.
===> Enable USB debugging on your Android device.
===> To do that, visit your phone’s Settings
===> Developer options
===> USB debugging, and toggle this on.
Enable YouTube Picture in Picture Mode Without YouTube Red
The first step here is connecting your phone to your computer via cable. Now open Command Prompt on the computer by pressing Win + X + C on your keyboard.
Here, execute the command below, and then, if asked, grant the permission on your phone.
Once your device has ADB access, you now need to open the Custom Navigation Bar app on your phone.
On the first screen, tap on “Get Started”. Now you will be required to grant certain permission to your device. For that, execute the following commands on Command Prompt
The “Grant Permission” page on the app should now turn green from yellow, don’t be confused that is how it should be. This signals that you can now proceed to the next page.
The next requires you to tap on “Start”. Now the last step involves passing the compatibility test. If your device is compatible with the app, you will see an arrow on the navigation bar. Tap on it to continue as shown bellow.
As soon as the app is open, tap on “Navigation bar”. Here, when you scroll down and you will see “Type” under both “Extra left button” and “Extra right button”. Tap on either of these, and select “Keycode”.
Now tap on “Keycode”, and select “Window” to move to the next step on the process of enabling Picture in picture Android O.
There should now be a button at your specified location. But since you cannott see it yet, let’s assign it with an icon. For that, tap on “Icon”, and select any option that you like. (You can skip this step if you want).
After all the effort that you just put in, it is time to test it out. Play any video on YouTube, and, instead on tapping the home button, tap on the one you just created, and enjoy the YouTube Picture in picture mode.