YouTube PiP

Bring any YouTube video into PiP directly from YouTube app or Safari


  • Open YouTube video directly in picture-in-picture from the YouTube app or Safari
  • Support for 720p and 360p
  • Control playback speed
  • Quickly jump forward or backward in video
  • Play live videos
  • Light and dark theme support


How to use

  • Install the Shortcut
  • Install Scriptable AppStore
  • Open a YouTube video in the YouTube app.
  • Press the share button and select “More”
  • Run the Shortcut by selecting “YouTube PiP” on the list (protip: add it as a favorite in the share sheet to move it to the top of the list)


  • To install 3rd party Shortcuts you enable “Allow untrusted Shortcuts” in iOS Settings -> Shortcuts
  • The Shortcut is build using Scriptable and this app must be installed. It’s a free app with a tip jar.
  • Works on any device running iOS14 or iPadOS13 or newer.


For advanced users its possible to tweak the Shortcut a bit using the configuration at the top of the Shortcut.

  • pip: If true Picture-in-Picture will automatically be enabled after the video has loaded. Set to false to keep the video in the player window.
  • speed: The default selected playback speed. Valid values are 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75 and 2.0
  • hd: The preselected quality. If true the highest quality available will be selected (currently 720p)
  • completion: Optional parameter. The name of a Shortcut that will be executed just after PiP has been automatically enabled. This is useful for running a Shortcut that will show the SpringBoard such as
  • theme: The theme to use it in player. Empty value will automatically select theme based on system appearance. Valid values are: nord, polar and ocean-next

Thanks to @Saha_ for the Shortcut update steps.

Latest Release Notes

4.5 - June 26, 2021, 7:31 a.m.

Fixes the shortcut

Version history