Android owners can access this great new YouTube feature
Google has expanded its picture-in-picture offering in YouTube for all Android users, even those not paying for YouTube Premium.
There is a catch. At the moment this is a US only update, according to Google’s official post.
Google already tested the feature for free earlier in the year to allow Android 8.0 Oreo users to watch picture-in-picture YouTube videos without paying for a YouTube Premium subscription.
Google does point out that this feature doesn’t work on all YouTube videos but should be fine for “most”.
Specifically, YouTube music videos will not be supported as picture-in-picture for these is reserved for paying YouTube Premium customers only.
If you’re in the US and want to try out the new feature all you need to do is tap the home button while watching a YouTube video.
This will allow you to continue to use your phone for other tasks while the video plays on in a separate pop-up window.
The feature has begun rolling out to Android Oreo users in the US but may not be available for everyone right away.
The picture-in-picture mode will be automatically activated by default on all devices running Android 8.0 Oreo and newer, says YouTube.
YouTube has also reportedly been testing a new Incognito feature which allows you to keep your video viewing data private.
Effectively this creates a mode which is like you’re signed out of the app, meaning your history remains empty.
As is standard when Incognito Mode is activated on other apps, it seems that using it on YouTube prompts the same warning as elsewhere: “Your activity might still be visible to your employer, school, or internet service provider.”
YouTube Music, the paid for service, is currently available in the UK which gives users an alternative to the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.
The £9.99 per month YouTube Music offers not only music but also YouTube Originals and movies.
If you want to enjoy the YouTube Music service without ads you’ll need to opt for the slightly pricier £11.99 per month subscription.
If you want to try YouTube Music it can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iOS users or the Google Play Store for Android owners.