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How to enable Picture-in-Picture mode in Chrome

Chrome now lets you pop videos outside of the browser using its new Picture-in-Picture mode, and here's how to enable it.

Google’s Chrome web browser has a new Picture-in-Picture mode that allows you to pop videos you’re watching outside the browser in a small overlay window. However, it’s still an experimental feature, which means that it’s still under development and if you want to give it a try, you must enable it manually.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to enable Picture-in-Picture mode to watch videos outside the browser using Google Chrome on Windows 10, macOS, and Linux.

How to enable Chrome’s Picture-in-Picture mode for videos

If you want to watch videos in Picture-in-Picture mode, you’ll need to install Chrome version 69 or later, and then follow these steps:

  1. Open Chrome.

  2. Type the following path in the address bar and press Enter:

    chrome://flags/#enable-picture-in-picture

    Chrome enable Picture-in-Picture setting
    Chrome enable Picture-in-Picture setting
  3. Using the drop-down menu on the right and select Enabled.

  4. Type the following path in the address bar and press Enter:

    chrome://flags/#enable-surfaces-for-videos

    Chrome enable surfaces layer for videos setting
    Chrome enable surfaces layer for videos setting
  5. Using the drop-down menu on the right and select Enabled.

  6. Click the Relaunch now button.

Once you’ve completed the steps, you can try the new feature right-clicking twice on a YouTube video to open the Chrome’s context menu and select Picture-in-Picture.

While in the Picture-in-Picture mode, you can drag the video around the screen, play and pause, resize the video by stretching the edges, and click the X button in the top-right corner to close the video.