Microsoft Edge Gets Picture-in-picture Mode on iOS

Posted on January 4, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Microsoft, iOS with 5 Comments

Microsoft is rolling out a new update to Microsoft Edge for iOS. The update introduces a couple of new features, but the main highlight is the new picture-in-picture mode. The feature, titled “floating video” is disabled by default and can be enabled from within Advance Settings in the Settings menu of the browser.

Once enabled, you can watch videos from sites like YouTube on a picture-in-picture mode. When you open up a YouTube video, for example, you need to swipe it from the left to the bottom right for it to go into show up as a floating video. The experience can be a little confusing at first but you will easily get the hang of it.

Once the video appears in the floating video mode, you can browse away to another page and keep watching it on the corner. You can also move it around the browser, place it anywhere you like and resize it if you would like. But the most impressive thing for me here is that you can actually go into other parts of the browser and the floating video will continue to play and show up — even when you browse away to other websites, as I did above in the screenshot on the right, the floating video will continue to appear and you can control playback right from there which is very cool.

The latest Microsoft Edge update brings some other features, like the ability to view an feed on the New Tab page tailored for kids, reports OnMSFT.

You can get the latest Edge update for iOS here. It works on both iPhones and iPads.

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Comments (5)

5 responses to “Microsoft Edge Gets Picture-in-picture Mode on iOS”

  1. madthinus

    Cool feature.

  2. mattbg

    Wouldn't it be great if Windows could get a picture-in-picture mode?

    Of course, it'd probably be UWP only and I'm not sure what apps I would use with it.

  3. chrisrs

    I agree with matt6bg over on the premium side that picture in picture would be great in the Windows version of Edge. Looks like this is part of the MS Windows Last Windows … initiative. Maybe there is a technical reason for this to wait for the Chrome version of edge.

    • writter

      In reply to chrisrs:

      I wish this was in the Edge browser for Windows 10 as well, completely agree. Oh well, maybe one day, sigh. The only reason I use Opera on Windows is for the floating video window feature. I miss the Windows First, Windows Best proclamation for Microsoft apps from the past. Was that time ever a reality? I don't even know anymore. This Edge on my iPhone is gaslighting me somehow but I am loving this feature too much to care. I wish I could have two apps open side by side on my iPhone 8 plus, the screen is big enough!

  4. saponcpa

    I am really happy to see your article. It's really helpful tips for me because I am always using edge. Clipping Path