How to Use iPad Picture in Picture (iPadOS 15 Update)

Use this iPad multitasking feature to browse or work in other apps in the middle of a video or FaceTime call.

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Picture in Picture is sometimes referred to as iPad dual screen or iPad double screen. Picture in Picture (PiP mode) allows you to watch videos and movies or chat on FaceTime while working in other apps. Let's go over how to multitask on an iPad using Picture in Picture.

Related: Guide to iPad Multitasking: Slide Over, Picture in Picture & Split Screen

How to Do Picture in Picture on iPad (iPad PiP)

The Picture in Picture feature requires iPadOS 13 software or later and works on any iPad Pro, all iPads 5th generation and later, the iPad Air 2 and later, and the iPad mini 4 and later. This iPad multitasking feature has seen some changes with the recent iPadOS 15 update. The example below demonstrates how to use FaceTime Picture in Picture on iPad 15, but the steps are similar enough to iPadOS 14 to still work if you don't have iPadOS 15 on your iPad. If you watch a lot of videos on YouTube you may be interested in learning How to Use a YouTube Ad Blocker on iPhone. If you're a big fan of the iPad and are torn between purchasing the new iPad Air or the iPad Pro, read through our article that hashes out the details to help you better decide. 

  1. While watching a video in a compatible video player or during a FaceTime call, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Picture in Picture.

  2. From here, you can drag the Picture in Picture screen to a new position. 

  3. To hide the video, drag it off the edge of the screen. 

  4. Tap or drag the gray arrow icon to make the video reappear. 

  5. Place your thumb and index finger on the screen and pinch them together to zoom out and make the Picture in Picture screen smaller.

  6. Place your thumb and index finger on the screen and pull them apart to zoom in and make the screen larger. 

  7. To return to the full screen mode, tap the Picture in Picture screen.  

If you really enjoy this iPad feature, you can also learn how to use Picture in Picture on iPhone.

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