If you want to enable and Picture in Picture mode on the Microsoft Edge browser, you can follow this guide. Although it is not possible to use this mode on every website, you can use Picture in Picture on YouTube and some other popular sites. Here is how to utilize this functionality.
Microsoft Edge is better in many aspects. It is now faster, supports more extensions, and comes with new features like Picture in Picture mode. Most of the features are borrowed from the Chrome browser since both the Edge and the Chrome now run on the Chromium engine.
Google Chrome is already supporting picture in picture mode, and it only makes sense that the new Edge supports it as well. Picture-in-Picture mode is an arrangement wherein videos are displayed in a floating manner. It allows users to carry on with other tasks while the video plays in the corner.
The best thing is that you do not need to install third-party extensions in the Edge browser. At most, you may need to enable two flags so that you can find a dedicated option to control the music or video playing in the corresponding player.
How to use Picture-in-Picture mode on Microsoft Edge
To use Picture in Picture mode on Microsoft Edge, follow these steps-
- Download and install the latest version of Microsoft Edge.
- Open the YouTube website and play a video.
- Right-click on the video twice and select Picture in Picture option.
- The video will now start playing in PIP mode.
- Control the playback from the Global Media Controls panel.
To know more about these steps, keep reading.
At first, you need to download and install the latest version of the Microsoft Edge browser. There is no need to opt for Dev or Canary build since the stable version has already received this feature. After that, you can visit the official website of YouTube.com and play a video that you want to watch in Picture in Picture mode.
After playing the video, right-click on the player twice. The first time, you will see some options to loop the video, copy URL, etc.
When you can find the right-click context menu, right-click on the player again without closing the first context menu. Now, you should see an option called Picture in Picture.
You need to click on this option. Now, you can see the video playing a floating panel.
You can move the floating panel anywhere and resize it as per your requirement. Even if you minimize the browser window, it will keep playing.
If you want to control the playback from the Global Media Controls, you need to enable it first.
For that, you must open the edge://flags window, and search for Global Media Controls Picture-in-Picture and Global Media Controls flags. Enable both one after one and restart your browser.
Now, you can see the Global Media Control in the browser that can be used to play/pause and skip the video.
Sometimes the Picture in Picture mode might not appear automatically. In such cases, you need to enable the a flag.
For that, again type edge://flags in the address bar, and hit the Enter button.
Then, search for SurfaceLayer objects for Videos flag.
Enable the flag and relaunch the browser.
You should now get the Picture-in-Picture mode.
Hope this guide helps.