How to Watch Picture-in-Picture Videos in Chrome and Firefox

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The picture-in-picture mode has finally landed on Mozilla Firefox with its recent version 71.0 release. Google Chrome introduced this feature some months ago, so it’s not really an exciting feature to talk about.

For those who don’t know, the picture-in-picture mode lets users playback a video in a small window while freely navigating between different apps. The window can be resized and pinned to any corner of the screen.

The feature has been here for quite some time now on Chrome on all the supported platforms. However, The PiP mode in Firefox is currently available on Windows for now. In Firefox’s defense, the developers have natively integrated the feature in the browser itself rather than using an extension like on Chrome. Users have to download it from the Chrome Web Store in order to get the PiP feature on Chrome.

If you are looking forward to watching videos in PiP mode using Chrome and Firefox, you can go through this guide to learn how to do it.

Requirements

  • Chrome users will have to update to the latest version (79.0.3945.79 at the time of this writing) of the browser. For the Picture-in-Picture extension, click here to download it from the Chrome Web Store.
  • If you are using Firefox, update your browser to version 71 or higher. You can download it from Mozilla’s official website.

Toggle PiP Mode in Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome from your desktop.
  2. Add the PiP extension for Chrome from the link above.
  3. Relaunch Chrome after adding the extension.
  4. Now play a video on YouTube or a live stream on Twitch. Simultaneously press Alt + P on your keyboard to toggle on PiP. You can now minimize the browser window and use other apps while still watching the video or stream.
  5. Alternatively, you can right-click on the video and select the Picture in picture option from the drop-down menu. Although websites like YouTube need users to double-click to bring up the drop-down menu.

You can also drag the PiP window anywhere on your screen and resize it to your preference. macOS users can toggle PiP by pressing Options + P key on the keyboard.

Toggle PiP Mode in Mozilla Firefox

Compared to Chrome, the PiP feature in Firefox is easily accessible and doesn’t require an additional extension. Here’s how to toggle PiP in Firefox:

  1. Launch the latest version of Firefox from your desktop.
  2. Play a video from any website you want.
  3. Move your mouse cursor over the video. You will see a floating Picture-in-Picture option.
  4. Click the button to toggle the PiP video window in Firefox. You can also drag and resize the PiP window, similar to Chrome.

Final Words

In this guide, we have shown you the method to watch Picture-in-Picture videos in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browser. Note that both of the browsers give users the ability to use basic playback controls such as play and pause. If you want us to cover more web browser features like this, let us know in the comments below. Meanwhile, check out this TechCodex guide to enable DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) in Firefox and Chrome.

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