Picture-in-picture support for YouTube on Android has been available for a bit, but only if you’re a paying subscriber to YouTube Premium. That is finally changing today.
As was first noticed by the folks over at XDA Developers and was subsequently confirmed by a Google support document, picture-in-picture support for YouTube on Android is now rolling out to a broader audience. It’s available at no extra charge, so you won’t have to subscribe to YouTube Premium or YouTube Music to access the feature.
However, there are a couple of caveats. First and foremost, most YouTube videos support the feature, but if the content is a music video or other music content, that is not accessible in the free picture-in-picture feature release. That’s still only available to the premium customers out there.
Second, the feature is only available for Android users in the United States for now, so there’s no international support just yet.
To get picture-in-picture to work, you simply need to tap the home button while you’re watching a video in the YouTube Android app. That should put the video in a smaller window, allowing you to start doing something else while you watch the content.
The feature is rolling out beginning today, so keep an eye out.