Mac: How to Activate/Deactivate Picture in Picture Mode

Firstly introduced in iOS 11 and macOS Sierra, Picture-in-Picture mode is a feature that allows users to play video in a resizable window while doing other things. You can chat with your friends or write an email while watching your favorite videos. Read this quick guide to make use of Picture in Picture on macOS Sierra and iOS 11.

To activate Picture in Picture feature on Mac computer:

  • Open a video with any app that supports Picture in Picture (such as Safari).
  • Click the Picture-in-Picture button in the video’s playback controls. In case you don’t see the button, hold down Control key, double click inside the video to open a shortcut menu, and then choose Enter Picture-in-Picture if available.

Safari supports Picture in Picture with webpages that use HTML5 for video playback, such as YouTube. The Picture-in-Picture window cannot be placed in the middle of the screen, but you can move the Picture-in-Picture window to a different corner of the screen, or drag the edge or corner of the window to resize the window.

To deactivate Picture in Picture, just click X in the Picture-in-Picture window, or directly close the original window or browser tab that is providing the video.

Then how to use Picture-in-Picture mode in iOS 11? By default, press Home button (or switch to another app) while you are watching a video, the video will enter into Picture-in-Picture mode, showing in a small window overlay in a corner of the screen.

But how to disable the Picture-in-Picture mode? You can try these steps on iPad:

  • Tap the Settings app on your iOS device, and go to the General section.
  • Tap the Multipletasking & Dock in the General list.
  • Flip the switch next to Persistent Video Overlay to Off.

The modification works on some certain apps while fails on other apps that may have a dedicated button to get into Picture-in-Picture mode. So you’d better check the video app you frequently use to see if they offer a specific button to do so.

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