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How to use Picture-in-picture mode on a Mac

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How to use Picture-in-picture mode on a Mac

Pictures in Picture mode on Mac allow you to watch your favorite videos while using other applications simultaneously. When you use PiP on macOS, video floats above any application or window. The best thing about it is that the video will continue to play in PiP, even if you switch the application to full screen mode. So, without further delay, let’s see how to use Picture in Picture on Mac on Safari, YouTube, iTunes and the Music / TV application.

How to use Picture-in-picture mode in Safari on Mac

1. Launch Safari on your Mac and visit any site that has PiP support. I use Vimeo. Locate the video that you want to use in PiP mode.
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2. Now, start playing the video.

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3. Next, click the PiP icon on the video control bar. You can also tap the PiP icon on the Touch Bar if you are using a MacBook with Touch Bar. Click the PIP icon to Enable Images in Image Mode in Safari

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It’s over! Now, a small video window will appear in the corner of your screen.

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You can drag it, resize it, move it, etc.

How to Insert Picture-in-Picture for YouTube on Mac

YouTube does not naturally support Images in Picture mode by having a button for it in the video control bar. But still, you can use PiP mode on YouTube in Safari or Chrome. This is how you do it.

1. Launch Safari or Google Chrome on your Mac and visit YouTube.com

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2. Right-click on the video that you want to release.

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3. After the menu appears on the screen, right-click again to display another menu.
4. Finally, click on Enter Picture-in-Picture.

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You can also use third-party extensions in the most popular browsers such as Firefox, Safari, Chrome to use PIP on YouTube. The one that I use for Chrome and Firefox is Enhancer for YouTube by Maxime RF. That’s nothing more than PiP. You can also use the official Chrome Image-in-Picture extension from Google.

How to Enable Images in Picture Mode in iTunes and the Music / TV application

iTunes on Mac runs macOS Sierra to macOS Mojave, and the Music application and TV application on macOS Catalina have native Picture in Picture support. Here’s how to use it.

  1. Play videos in iTunes, the Music application, or the TV application on your Mac.
  2. Click the Picture in Thumbnail icon from the bottom right of the video control bar.

How to Move, Resize and Stop Images in Pictures on a Mac

To move the PiP window, place your mouse pointer anywhere on it, and drag it to one of the four corners. You can also move it to one of the two vertical edges of the screen to hide the PiP window.

To change the size, save the mouse pointer in the lower left corner and drag to increase or decrease the size of the Picture in Picture window.

To stop Picture in Picture, click the PiP icon in the floating window. The floating window will rejoin the browser or application. You can also use the cross icon in the upper left corner to close the PiP.

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The pause button in the Picture in Picture window allows you to temporarily play and pause a video.

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That is all!

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This is how to use Picture in Picture on Mac. You can activate it on any site or application that supports it by clicking on the small icon. Most of the icons for PiP look the same.

The Facebook web has a version of Picture in Picture. You can activate it by clicking on the small icon (slightly different) from the video control bar. Twitter on the web does not support PiP. But the Twitter iPhone application allows you to scroll through the timeline when the video plays in the corner.

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