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TipBITS: Watch YouTube videos in the picture on the photo



  Picture in the picture on a Mac

Screenshot of Josh Centers

Picture in Picture (PiP) feature on Mac and iPad is a useful way to watch videos so you can attach a video in the corner of your screen where it cannot be hidden by other windows. But most people these days watch video from YouTube, and YouTube, owned by Google, doesn't play ball, hides the PiP feature on macOS and doesn't activate it in the iOS app.

On macOS, you usually see an Enter Image in the image option when you check-click a video in Safari. But when you check, click on a YouTube video, you'll see YouTube's own contextual menu instead.

 The context menu for YouTube

You can easily work around this: Check the video once more to reveal the Safaris contextual menu and its Picture in Picture command. Select Write Image in Image and Safari displays the video in a window attached to the corner of the screen. (Note that by the way, the image in the image is only available in Safari.)

 Safaris contextual menu.

There are a number of paid tools for iOS that make YouTube videos in PiP, but all you need is the Apple shortcuts app and the PiP Video shortcut that I customized from Federico Viticci. After installing the shortcut:

  1. Open a YouTube video in Safari.
  2. Touch the Share icon.
  3. Touch shortcuts.
     Shortcuts in the Share sheet.
  4. Tap PiP Video. You may be prompted to activate the shortcut before you can use it.

Now you can enjoy YouTube videos in Picture on Picture on Mac and iPad!


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