How to Use (or Disable) Picture-in-Picture Mode in Android Oreo

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Again many moons in the past—like perhaps two years—Google launched a type of picture-in-picture mode in the YouTube app. It’s such a cool function, they firm figured why not make this one thing you should utilize wherever in Android? So with Oreo, they did that. It’s neat.

Nevertheless it doesn’t simply work for YouTube. In reality, it really works with a handful of apps proper out of the field now. Right here’s the thin.

How to Use Picture-in-Picture Mode

In YouTube, whenever you’re watching a video and also you faucet the again button to discover a completely different video, the currently-playing video strikes to a small field in the bottom-right nook. That is precisely the identical idea for picture-in-picture on Oreo, however now as a substitute of solely having the small video window confined to a single app, you should utilize it wherever in the OS. Consider it as the subsequent step in Android’s split-screen format.

So, let’s say you’re watching NF’s new video for Inexperienced Lights, however you additionally want to test your Google Feed. No worries—with the video taking part in, simply faucet that residence button. Like magic, it turns into a small window in the underside proper nook. You may even decide it up and drag it across the display to wherever you need. You are able to do two issues directly.

To broaden or shut the video, simply faucet on it to present the controls. The middle button will convey it again up in the app (which is YouTube in this case), whereas the headphones icon will shut the preview and play the audio in the background (for those who’re subscribed to YouTube Crimson, that’s). In any other case the remaining controls are fairly easy.

Proper now, it appears this new picture-in-picture mode solely works in a handful of Google apps: Chrome (all variations), Duo, Play Films, Maps, and YouTube. I’m certain extra will begin to pop up as Oreo positive factors reputation, although YouTube and Play Films are arguably two of the very best causes for the function—perhaps Netflix will get it quickly too.

How to Disable Picture-in-Picture Mode for Particular Apps

Nearly as good as it’s, I can perceive why some individuals could not need the function, particularly in sure apps. The excellent news is that you may allow or disable the function on a per app foundation for those who want to. Legit.

First, pull down the notification shade and faucet the gear icon to get into the Settings menu.

From right here, faucet on Apps & Notifications, then broaden the Superior menu by tapping on it.

The final possibility right here is Particular App Entry—faucet into that menu.

Search for the Picture-in-Picture possibility, then open it.

There you go: all of the apps which have picture-in-picture are listed right here. They need to all be enabled by default, so if you’d like to disable one, simply faucet it and slide the toggle to off. Really easy.

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