iPad Multitasking: How to Use Picture in Picture on Your iPad

You can use your iPad to watch a video or make a FaceTime call in one window, while still viewing the Home Screen or using other apps on the rest of your screen.

How to Use Picture in Picture on Your iPad

Picture in Picture is an iPad multitasking feature introduced with iOS 9. Picture in Picture is sometimes referred to as iPad dual screen or iPad double screen; it's great for iPad and iPad Pro multitasking, and it also works with the iPad Air or later, and iPad mini 2 or later. You can use the iPad Picture in Picture feature with FaceTime or while browsing in Safari. If you come across a video you want to watch, with Picture in Picture, you can minimize the video window and continue to browse or use other apps while you watch your video. Apple has recently made it possible to use Picture in Picture on the iPhone, but for this tip, let's go over how to multitask on an iPad using Picture in Picture.

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Related: iPad Multitasking: The Complete Guide to Split Screen, Slide Over & Picture in Picture (Updated for 2020)

How to Use Picture in Picture Mode to Multitask on Your iPad

For more great tips about how to multitask on your iPad, check out our free Tip of the Day. To use Picture in Picture on your iPad while you're using FaceTime or watching a video in full screen:

  1. For iPads with a Home button, just press the Home button. For iPads without a Home button, press the Picture in Picture icon (it looks like two overlapping rectangles).
  2. The FaceTime or video window will shrink and move to a corner of your iPad display so you can view your Home screen and open other apps.

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  3. To make the FaceTime or video window larger, touch it with two fingers, then spread them apart in a reverse pinch gesture. To make the window smaller again, pinch closed.

    enlarge or shrink picture in picture window
  4. To show FaceTime or video controls or hide them again, tap the video window. When you tap the video, three icons appear. The first, the Picture in Picture icon, returns the video to its original place and returns you to the webpage the video was found on. The second icon is pause. The last, an X, will close the video or FaceTime call.

    picture in picture ipad controls
  5. To move the FaceTime or video window, touch and drag it where you'd like it on your iPad screen.

    move picture in picture window
  6. To hide the FaceTime or video window, drag it off screen (you'll still hear the audio). Tap the arrow showing on the edge of the screen to reveal the Picture in Picture video.

    picture in picture off ipad screen
  7. Press the Home button again or tap the Picture in Picture icon once more to return the FaceTime or video window to full size. 

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