This is a pleasant surprise: YouTube’s mobile site now allows Picture in Picture mode on an iPhone running iOS 14.
This means you can fire up YouTube in Chrome or Safari (if not the YouTube app, which still does not support the feature), launch a video, turn on Picture in picture mode (it becomes available after you maximize the video), and continue browsing or go to another app with the video playing in a small floating window.
Best of all, this works without a YouTube Premium account, which is usually required to watch YouTube videos while doing other things.
When Apple launched the Picture in Picture feature a few weeks ago, YouTube responded by blocking it for free users (though only on the iPhone, not the iPad). Now it seems that the company has changed its mind.
The return of the feature, noticed by MacRumors, has not been officially announced. It may go in the future, so enjoy it while it lasts.