How to Enable Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chromebook

How to Enable Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chromebook

Of late, Chromebook has been getting tons of features to make it a competitive alternative against Windows laptops. Just recently, Chrome OS got support for a built-in video recorder, Picture-in-Picture mode, clipboard manager, dark mode, and more. Among these features, Picture-in-Picture is an interesting addition as it allows you to watch video content from any website in a separate, resizable, floating window. So if you want to learn how to enable Picture-in-Picture mode on Chromebook then follow our guide below.

Enable Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chromebook (2021)

Here, we have mentioned three ways to turn on PiP mode on Chromebook. You can either use YouTube’s built-in mini-player option or install an extension or turn on a Chrome flag for system-wide Picture-in-Picture support. So on that note, let’s go through the steps.

1. If you want Picture-in-Picture mode primarily on YouTube then you don’t need to enable or install any extension to get this feature. Just click on the “mini-player” button or press the “i” key on your keyboard to turn on Picture-in-Picture mode instantly. That’s it.

How to Enable Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chromebook

2. Keep in mind, in this native method, the PiP window will only be limited to the YouTube tab and you can’t resize the window.

How to Enable Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chromebook

3. If you want Picture-in-Picture to work on all websites and not just YouTube then you will have to install a Chrome extension. You can install Picture-in-Picture Extension by Google (Free) on your Chromebook.

chrome extension

5. After the installation, click on the Extension toolbar at the top-right corner and pin Picture-in-Picture to the front menu.

How to Enable Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chromebook

6. Finally, play video on any website and then click on the extension.

How to Enable Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chromebook

7. It will instantly create a PiP window. You can resize the window and it works across different tabs as well. Not to mention, the PiP window appears on the desktop as well so that is nice.

How to Enable Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chromebook

7. Above, we discussed two solutions: YouTube’s native option and the extension method. Now we are going to learn about Chrome OS’ native option that allows you to create a Picture-in-Picture window from any website. Open chrome://flags and enable all three “Global Media Controls…” flags.

chrome flags

8. Next, click on “Restart” at the bottom of the page.


9. Now, go ahead and play a video on any website. Upon playing video content, a music toolbar will appear on the Chrome OS Shelf. Open it and click on the “PiP” button.

music control

10. Finally, a Picture-in-Picture window will open up and you can drag it anywhere on the screen, resize it and float it over the desktop. That’s quite handy, right?

pip window

List of Popular Chromebooks

Our tutorial will work with all of the following Chromebooks. It is not an exhaustive list and is only here to serve as an example.

Brand NameModel Name
AcerAcer Chromebook 315
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C2C3
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C296
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C4QE
Acer Chromebook CB315-2HT-44MJ
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C3J0
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C5JS
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C6XF
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C36A
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C16B
Acer Chromebook 314
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-C34N
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-C66Z
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-C02A
Acer Chromebook 311
Acer Chromebook CB311-9HT-C4UM
Acer Chromebook CB311-9H-C12A
Acer Chromebook 311 - CP311-3H-K5GD
Acer Chromebook CB311-9H-C7C8
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 - CP713-2W-79H3
Acer Chromebook 512 - C851-C1J7
Acer Chromebook 311 Touch - CB311-9HT-C4UM
Acer Chromebook Spin 311 - CP311-3H-K5GD
Acer Chromebox CXI3 - CXI3-I7V16GNKM4
Acer Chromebox CXI3 - CXI3-4GKM4
Acer Chromebox CXI3 - CXI3-4GNKM4
Acer Chromebook Spin 13 - CP713-1WN-51EA
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 - CP713-2W-79H3
Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 13 - CP713-1WN-76M7
Chromebook Spin 13 - CP713-1WN-813G
Acer Chromebook Spin 514
Acer Chromebook 311 C733-C0FK
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-P7ZZ
ASUSASUS Chromebook C204EE
ASUS Chromebook C403NA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C214MA
ASUS Chromebook C203XA
ASUS Chromebook C202XA
ASUS Chromebook 14 C425TA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C434TA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C433TA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C436FA
ASUS Chromebook C202SA
ASUS Chromebook C423NA
ASUS Chromebook C523NA
ASUS Chromebook C223NA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA
GoogleGoogle Pixelbook Go GA00521-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00519-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00526-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00124-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00519-UK
Google Pixelbook Go GA00523-US
Google Pixel Slate C1A
HPHP Chromebook - 14a-na0003tu
HP Chromebook 11A G6 EE
HP Chromebook x360 12b-ca0010TU
HP Chromebook - 14a-na0002tu
HP Chromebook - 11-v010nr
HP Chromebook - 15-de0010nr
HP Chromebook - 14-db0030nr
HP Chromebook - 14-db0020nr
HP Chromebook - 15-de0015nr
HP Chromebook - 14a-na0097nr
HP Chromebook - 14a touch optional
HP Chromebook - 14-db0098nr
HP Chromebook 11a-nb0047nr
HP Chromebook 11a 11a-na0010nr
HP Chromebook 11a 11a-na0060nr
HP Chromebook 14A G5
HP Chromebook Enterprise 14A G5
HP Chromebook 11A G6 Education Edition PC
HP Chromebook 14A G5
HP Chromebook 11A G8 Education Edition
HP Chromebook x360 11 G3 EE
HP Pro c640 Chromebook
HP Chromebook 11A G8 Education Edition
HP Chromebook 14A G5 Notebook PC
HP Pro c640 Chromebook
HP Elite c1030 Chromebook
HP Pro c640 Chromebook Enterprise
HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Notebook PC
HP Pro c645 Chromebook
HP Chromebook x360 12b-ca0010nr
HP Chromebook x360 - 14c-ca0065nr
HP Chromebook x360 - 14b-ca0010nr
HP Chromebook x360 14a-ca0097nr
HP Chromebook x360 14c-ca0085nr
HP Chromebook x360 - 14ct-ca000
HP Chromebook 11 G1 Notebook PC 1NW60UT
HP Chromebook - 14-ca020nr
HP Chromebook 11 G6 Education Edition 3PD94UT
HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE - Customizable
LenovoChromebook Duet (10.1") 2 in 1
Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet
500e Chromebook 2nd Gen (11.6") Intel
300e Chromebook 2nd Gen (11.6")
100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (11.6")
14e Chromebook (14")
Chromebook C340 (11")
Chromebook C330 (11.6")
Yoga Chromebook (15.6")
Chromebook 3 (14”)
Lenovo Chromebook S345 (14”)
Chromebook Flex 3i (11”)
Chromebook Flex 5 (13”)
100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (11.6”) AMD
300e Chromebook 2nd Gen (11.6”) AMD
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Chromebook
Samsung Chromebook Plus (LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2
Samsung Chromebook 4+
Samsung Chromebook 4
Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2)
Samsung Chromebook 3
Samsung Chromebook Plus

Create PiP Window on Any Website on Chrome OS

So that is how you can enable the PiP feature on your Chromebook and create a separate floating window on top of other apps and tabs. As I mentioned above, if you just want PiP on YouTube then the built-in button works pretty well. However, if you want PiP support on all tabs and windows then getting the extension or enabling the flag would be much better.

The best part is that all these methods works even if you are trying to enable PiP mode in Chrome browser on any other operating system. Anyway, that is all from us. If you found the article helpful then head over to our article on the best Chrome OS tips and tricks and learn more such tricks. And if you have any questions then let us know in the comment section below.

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