According to MacRumors, Hulu has fully re-enabled picture-in-picture (PiP) support on iOS, which means Hulu subscribers can half-watch TV again iPhone and iPad devices. Hulu is joining a collection of major streaming services that support the feature on iOS, with YouTube remaining the main exception.
PiP for iPhones was enabled for Hulu around the original version of iOS 14 but later disabled to “work on some updates to give our viewers the best experience,” according to Hulu. After the feature is available again, users can enable PiP mode by starting a show or movie and tapping the PiP button to view the video 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 playing a video.
YouTube remains the strange man. Picture-in-picture is not allowed on Google’s official YouTube app for iOS. You can play in the background when you pay for YouTube Premium, but this only applies to audio on iOS. Google has also regularly deactivated and reactivated PiP support for the web version of YouTube on iOS. PiP was possible again from October 2020, although it no longer seems to work as of today. Currently, according to MacRumors, only iPhones with the beta version of iOS 14.5 can run PiP on the web version of YouTube.