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July 28, 2020

How to use picture in picture mode on Edge and Chrome

Picture-in-picture is often abbreviated as PIP. We can watch the video in a small floating window outside the browser and continue to perform other tasks while the video is playing.
The best thing is that chromium has built-in picture-in-picture, we can easily use the Picture-in-picture mode on a chromium-based browser, like Google Chrome, Microsoft New Edge, and Mozilla Firefox, no need to install a third-party extension.

How to use picture-in-picture mode on a chromium-based browser


To use picture-in-picture mode on a chromium-based browser, please make sure the browser is the latest version, and follow these steps.
1. Open a YouTube video on a Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or other chromium-based browsers.
2. Right-click on the video twice and select the option Picture in Picture.
 In the first click, you will see some options to loop the video, copy URL, etc. In the second click, you should see an option called Picture in Picture.
picture-in-picture mode

3. The video will start playing in PIP mode on the bottom right corner of the screen.
 You can drag the floating window anywhere and resize it. Even if you minimize the browser window, it will keep playing.
picture-in-picture window


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How to enable the Global Media Control panel


Using the Global Media Control panel, you can easily control the play, pause, and skip of the video in the browser.

Google Chrome
Step 1. Open the Experiments panel of Google Chrome
Please launch the latest version of Google Chrome, type the following command in the address bar, and press Enter.
chrome://flags

Step 2. Enable Global Media Controls Picture-in-Picture and Global Media Controls
Please type the keywords "global" in the search box, this can help you quickly locate the Global Media Controls Picture-in-Picture and Global Media Controls.
chrome experiments panel

Step 3. Relaunch Google Chrome
After select Enabled, please relaunch Google Chrome to take effect the changes.
When you open a YouTube video, you will see a new icon behind the address bar, which is the "Global Media Control" panel.
chrome - global media control panel

Microsoft Edge
This is Microsoft New Edge based on chromium, not the legacy one. The operation is similar to Chrome, but with some differences.
Step 1. Open the Experiments panel of Edge
Please launch the Microsoft Edge, type the following command in the address bar, and press Enter.
edge://flags

Step 2. Enable Global Media Controls Picture-in-Picture and Global Media Controls
Please type the keywords "global" in the search box, this can help you quickly locate the Global Media Controls Picture-in-Picture and Global Media Controls.
Edge experiments panel

Step 3. Relaunch Edge
After select Enabled, please relaunch Edge to take effect the changes.
When you open a YouTube video, you will see a new icon behind the address bar, which is the "Global Media Control" panel.
Edge-global media control panel

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