How to enable YouTube PIP mode without YouTube Red

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Android 8.0 Oreo has come up with a lot of cool features, including the PIP or picture-in-picture mode. Sadly, you need to have the YouTube Red subscription to use YouTube in PiP mode. Well, as you might have guessed, there is a way to enable YouTube PiP mode on your Android Oreo smartphone without having the YouTube Red subscription.

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What is YouTube PIP mode?

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The PiP mode lets you use video calling apps like Duo, video apps like YouTube, and even apps like Google Maps in a floating window, while you multitask with ease. The mode should come especially handy while watching YouTube videos.

Also Read: Android Oreo: What’s New in This Latest Android 8.0 Version

Requirements for getting YouTube PIP mode

Before getting into the steps required to get YouTube PIP mode for yourself, here are some things you should tick off from your list.

  • Download the Custom Navigation Bar app (free, with in-app purchases) on your device.
  • Install ADB drivers on your computer. For this, you can choose to download either Minimal ADB & Fastboot or the official Google binaries.
  • Enable USB debugging on your Android device. To do that, go to your phone’s Settings –> Developer options –> USB debugging, and toggle this on.

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How to enable YouTube PIP mode for your device

Once you’re done taking care of all the prerequisites, you can follow the steps given below to get your YouTube PIP mode working for your Android Oreo update.

Step 1: connect your phone to your computer. Now open Command Prompt on the computer by pressing Win + X + C on your keyboard. Here, execute the command below, and then, if asked, grant the permission on your phone.

Step 2: Once your device has ADB access, you can open the Custom Navigation Bar app on your phone. On the first screen, tap on “Get Started”. Now you will be required to grant a certain permission to your device.

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Step 3: The “Grant Permission” page on the app should now turn green from yellow. This signals that you can now proceed to the next page.

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Step 4: Here, tap on “Start”. Now the last step involves passing the compatibility test. If your device is compatible with the app, you’ll see an arrow on the navigation bar. Tap on it to continue.

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Step 5: When you enter the app, tap on “Navigation bar”. Here, when you scroll down, you’ll see “Type” under both “Extra left button” and “Extra right button”. Tap on either of these and select “Keycode”.

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Step 6: Now tap on “Keycode”, and select “Window”.

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Step 7: There should now be a button at your specified location. But since you can’t see it yet, let’s assign it with an icon. For that, tap on “Icon”, and select any option that you like. (You can skip this step if you want.)

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After all the effort that you just put in, it’s time to test it out. Play any video on YouTube, and, instead on tapping the home button, tap on the one you just created, and enjoy the YouTube PiP mode.

Use YouTube PIP mode on your Android Oreo device

With this method, you can use the PiP mode in the YouTube app, regardless of whether or not you are a YouTube Red subscriber. Furthermore, this method can work with other apps like Google Maps and Google Duo just as well. You can try different apps to see which ones work with this.

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