Using the Picture-In-Picture Feature on Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Want to watch some TV on your iPad? Well, you’re in luck. There’s a good possibility that your television at home has a picture-in-picture feature that enables you to watch one channel in the main portion of the TV screen while checking out a second channel in a small window on the screen. You don’t really want to miss any of the action in the big game now, do you?

With iOS 9, your iPad gains the same feature. You’re not necessarily watching live TV shows in this smaller window, but you might be. The picture-in-picture feature on the iPad works when you’re on a FaceTime video call or watching a video via the Videos app.

Picture-in-picture couldn’t be simpler. While watching a video, press (not tap) the Home button. The video picture shrinks into a small window hanging out in the lower-right corner of the display.

You can pause the video or shut it down by tapping the controls that appear in this diminutive video window. (Tap the window if you don’t see the controls.) If you want the video to take over the entire iPad screen, the way it started out before you pressed Home, tap the leftmost picture control inside the video window.

Like your TV, the iPad has a picture-in-picture feature.
Like your TV, the iPad has a picture-in-picture feature.

Meanwhile, if the video window is blocking a portion of the screen that you want to see, you can drag it to another space.

Picture-in-picture works on the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, and iPad Pro.