YouTube's Testing A Feature That Will Completely Change How You Browse Videos

20 March 2018, 11:17

YouTube on desktop
YouTube on desktop. Picture: YouTube // Sugglife

By Josh Lee

Picture-in-picture functionality - which allows you to continue to watch a YouTube video via a small, floating video player as you browse the site - is perhaps one of YouTube's most convenient features. But right now, you can only use the function on YouTube's mobile apps. That, however, could be about to change, according to 9to5google.

Browsing YouTube while watching a video on desktop

Yesterday, the tech website reported that Google had begun testing a picture-in-picture player for desktop on a small number of users, according to the website, those lucky enough to be involved in the testing are able to click anywhere on YouTube, from searching and returning to the homepage, to going to your favourite channel, without the video their currently watching disappearing. Instead, it shrinks and moves to the bottom-right corner of the screen, just like on mobile.

Check out the screengrab below to see how this feature allows you to continue watching a video while browsing YouTube.

How to continue watching YouTube videos while browsing on desktop
The video continues to play in the corner while you browse the site. Picture: 9to5google

9to5google also found that you can still control the video while it plays in the corner, with play/pause and replay included in the functionality.

It's not yet known when this feature will be rolled out to more users, but given how much more convenient its made browsing on mobile, we hope it's not too long until we're all browsing YouTube while watching on desktop.