Hulu has fully re-enabled picture-in-picture (PiP) support on iOS, reports MacRumors, meaning half-watching network TV is once again possible for Hulu subscribers on iPhone and iPad devices. Hulu joins a collection of major streaming services that support the feature on iOS, with YouTube remaining the major exception.
PiP for iPhones was enabled for Hulu around the original release of iOS 14, but it was later disabled to “work on a few updates to provide the best experience for our viewers,” according to Hulu. Now that the feature is back, users can enable PiP mode by starting a show or movie and tapping the PiP button to make the video appear in a customizable, floating player.
Hulu joins services like Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Max that support PiP. All of these services now have a dedicated PiP button like Hulu or switch to picture-in-picture by default when you swipe to the home screen while a video is playing.
YouTube remains the odd man out. Picture-in-picture is not allowed in Google’s official YouTube app for iOS. If you pay for YouTube Premium you can play in the background, but that only applies to audio on iOS. Google has also periodically disabled and re-enabled PiP support for the web version of YouTube on iOS. As of October 2020, PiP was again possible, though as of today it does not appear to be working. Currently, only iPhones running the iOS 14.5 beta can do PiP on the web version of YouTube, according to MacRumors.
Hulu re-enables picture-in-picture mode for iOS 14