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How to Get Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chrome Desktop

Picture-in-Picture was one of the best features introduced with Android Oreo, and ever since then, many users have been asking when the said feature would make its way to all of other Google products. Well, after the latest material design refresh in Google Chrome, it seems to be that Google might be adding another new feature to the desktop browser. We had previously reported about YouTube Experimenting With Picture-in-Picture Mode for its desktop site, and now it seems like Google has officially added specific flags to Google Chrome to support PiP. Intrigued on how it works? Well then, read on, as we show you how to get picture-in-picture mode on Google Chrome on Desktop:

Get PiP Mode on Chrome Desktop

1. First off, download and install Google Chrome Canary on your Windows or macOS device. Make sure that you’re running version 68 or above.

How to Get Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chrome Desktop

2. Next up, type “chrome://flags” in the URL and enable the following flags:

#enable-experimental-web-platform-features
#enable-surfaces-for-videos
#enable-picture-in-picture

How to Get Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chrome Desktop

3. After enabling all the flags, click on the “Relaunch Now” button to restart your Chrome Canary.

How to Get Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chrome Desktop

4. Next up, download the Picture-in-Picture extension .ZIP file and extract it to any folder.

How to Get Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chrome Desktop

5. Type “chrome://extensions” in the URL of Chrome Canary, and toggle the “Developer mode” in the top-right corner.

How to Get Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chrome Desktop

6. Click on the “Load unpacked” button in the top-left corner.

How to Get Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chrome Desktop

7. In the dialog box that appears locate and select the “/src” folder from the directory where you unpacked the zip file.

How to Get Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chrome Desktop

8. The Picture-in-Picture extension should now be enabled.

How to Get Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chrome Desktop

9. And that’s it. Simply head over to any YouTube video and click the extension browser icon to toggle Picture-in-Picture for the current video.

How to Get Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chrome Desktop

SEE ALSO: How to Enable New Material Design Theme in Chrome on Windows

Watch Videos with Picture-in-Picture Mode on Chrome

Thanks to the above-described method, you can finally watch Picture-in-Picture videos on the Google Chrome on your desktop. I can’t tell you for how long I’ve wished for this feature to be a reality. That being said, the Picture-in-Picture flags are currently only available for Canary users. When, and even if, the feature will make its way to the stable variant remains to be seen.

So, did you try out the new Picture-in-Picture mode on your Google Chrome desktop browser? If so, share with us your experiences in the comments down below.

3 Comments

  1. For youtube, it can be simply done by double right-clicking on the video. This extension is totally useless. I thought that it would give PIP mode for even text notes.

  2. When clicking on the PiP icon on the extension tray it is generating an error “Unchecked runtime.lastError: Cannot access a chrome:// URL”

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