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How to use picture-in-picture mode on Android Oreo and check compatible apps

14 December 2017 3

Google's latest Android version Android Oreo comes with a number of changes in terms of both performance and visual appearances. Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode is one of those changes and it allows users to keep using a compatible app while using the phone as normal. It means you can use this mode to watch a video while you also continue to go through something else on your phone. This mode has been available on a few devices for quite some time but with Android Oreo, Google added native support for the functionality.

In this tutorial, we will tell you how you can check which of the installed apps on your Android device actually support PiP mode on Android Oreo followed by how you can use PiP mode to be more efficient. Let's get started with the first part of finding out compatible apps.

Steps to Check Picture-in-Picture Mode Compatible Apps on Android Oreo:

It is can be done in two ways. The first way is to visit Settings->Apps & Notifications->Advanced->Special App Access->Picture-in-picture. It will give you a list of all the installed apps on your device which support PiP mode as well as mention whether permission for the same has been granted or not. You will see Yes/No under the app name depending on the status.


The second way is a little more manual as you will have to repeat it for each installed app on your device. You simply need to go to App info section for a particular app and scroll all the way down to see if it has Picture-in-picture setting under Advanced section. If it has, it means the app supports the PiP mode. You can then tap on the setting to enable/disable the support as per your preference.


With that out of the way, it is time to move to the second and last part of this tutorial.

Steps to use Picture-in-picture mode on Android Oreo:

The whole process of running PiP mode on Android Oreo is not uniform for some reason. Different apps have a different approach to this awesome functionality which means there is no thumb rule that you can follow to trigger the same. Even though the usually expected way of entering PiP mode is to tap the Home button once you are using the app, it does not hold true for every app out there. VLC Player for Android is one such app which allows you to use PiP mode via video playback control settings when you are playing a video. Refer screenshots below for a better understanding of the situation.


As for Google Maps, it allows you to enter PiP mode by tapping the Home button once you have started the navigation. On the other hand, Google Chrome allows you to take benefits of PiP mode only if you have played the video in full-screen. Once you do that, simply tap the Home button to enter the mode. And if you have Google Play Movies & TV, you can access PiP mode by playing any movie/TV show in full screen and then tapping the Home button. It is safe to say Google apps offer PiP mode by Home button.


And then we also have apps like YouTube and Netflix which have certain kind of restrictions. Starting with YouTube, it allows you to access PiP mode only if you are a YouTube Red subscriber which is a paid service. Netflix is the strangest of all (no pun intended) as it shows PiP mode support on Android 8.0 Oreo but works only if your device is running Android 8.1 Oreo.

So all-in-all, the only best way to find out how to enter PiP mode in a particular supported app is to explore the app and app settings. It is basically like hit and trial method to see which of the attempts would work on which app.


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