YouTube Premium subscribers can no longer sign in to try YouTube’s picture-in-picture feature on iOS. PiP has disappeared from YouTube List of available experimental featureswhere it was previously listed with an expiry date of April 8th. 9to5Google reports that some users see a “The feature you are testing has been disabled” banner informing them that the test is over, but both and me more add that the feature still works on their accounts that previously signed up for the test.
Picture-in-picture support is generally available for video services at the system level for iPhones and iPads, but YouTube supports this feature has been blotchy, which requires workarounds, e.g. B. Viewing through a browser rather than the native app. But YouTube’s premium trial made the feature much more seamless, allowing viewers to continue watching after exiting the main YouTube app.
YouTube’s test of picture-in-picture support for premium users should always be limited. First announced in June last yearthe beta phase was originally set to ends on October 31stbefore they are renewed. But although the test last month was only for premium users YouTube confirmed it again It hopes to roll out the feature to all iOS users in the US, including non-Premium users, “in the coming months.”
With any luck, the end of YouTube Premium’s picture-in-picture test means Google’s video platform is ready to roll out the feature more widely. Just last month, the search giant launched picture-in-picture support for its website YouTube TV service on iOS. Hopefully regular YouTube isn’t too far behind.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/11/23019960/youtube-premium-picture-in-picture-test-ended-april-8 YouTube Ends Picture-In-Picture iOS Trial For Premium Subscribers