We have often faced queries about the Picture in Picture mode feature of Android Oreo. Since Nokia 8 (Stable), Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 (Beta) already run Android Oreo now it is natural for owners of these devices to try to use one of the most exciting features of the Oreo update.
But using this feature is not so straightforward because of mainly two reasons.
- Not every app supports it, so we will provide a list of apps that support it
- Many don’t know how to enable it for a particular app or which part of app’s function can make use of this mode
How to enable Picture in Picture mode:
- It is easy. Just go to Settings–>Apps & notifications–>App info–>Go to the app–>Advanced–>Picture-in-Picture–>toggle on “Allow picture-in-picture”.
- This is possible only for the apps that support it. Check below list for the apps that support it.
List of Apps that support Picture in Picture mode & how to use:
While using the navigation mode you can use Maps in Picture in Picture or PIP mode. Check the screenshots below. As we said Maps work in PIP mode only when you are using the navigation while driving or riding. All you need to do is to use the home button to send the app in the background while using navigation and PIP window pops up. You can also notice that we have enabled Picture in Picture mode by going to Apps settings.
WhatsApp Beta for Android supports PIP mode. But again this works only when you are doing video calling. Just minimize the app by pressing the home button and PIP windows shows the ongoing call. Check the screenshots below.
You can use PIP mode on Google Duo while calling someone or while receiving the call just like you do it in case of WhatsApp Beta
If you are using Google Chrome browser to watch videos using other services like Vimeo, Facebook in full-screen mode, you can just send Chrome to the background using the home button and the video will keep on playing in PIP window. This doesn’t work on YouTube sadly.
The Facebook app supports it while playing videos using the Facebook video player.
VLC for Android supports PIP mode. You can check how to use the VLC app in PIP mode in our Oreo hands-on video.
This is the ridiculous thing to know that normal YouTube app doesn’t support PIP. PIP mode is only possible with YouTube Red. Such a downer.