Since iOS 11, Apple introduced new feature for iPads, that let you use your apps while watching video in the small floating window.
Unfortunately, Youtube did not add this functionality to their application for iPad. They force you to always use Youtube in the foreground. The only workaround is to launch two applications side by side using multitasking mode:
While split screen mode is useful and kinda solves our problem, and you can use all built-in apps in this mode, not all 3rd party apps support this mode.
Also, as you can see from example above, a lot of screen estate is not used, especially when iPad’s in portrait mode.
Unfortunately, solution is not elegant enough, but it works! To use this “hack”, you will have to use Safari, instead of Youtube native application. I know, I know, the mobile UI of Youtube website is not good, but hey, it’s still usable.
If you are not familiar with bookmarklets, just open Safari on your iPad or Mac computer and drag&drop this link to your favourites bar:
That’s it! 😎 Just browse any Youtube video from your Safari browser, and when you are on the video page just click on “Youtube FullScreen” bookmark you just created. It will automatically open video in fullscreen mode, and from there you can press on picture-in-picture icon to minimize your video into floating video player.
After that you can open any other application and your video will be floating on top of it:
Btw, did I tell you it works flawlessly both on iPad and your Mac computer?
Obviously this method won’t fit all use cases, but at least it gives you an option.
There are a few pros and cons I want to mention: