How to enable picture-in-picture mode in Google Chrome in Debian 10

Picture-in-picture often shrinks because PiP is turned on by Google for the Chrome browser. This is a convenient way that allows you to watch video in a small floating window outside the browser window or on top of any other window. This allows you to monitor the video open in their Chrome browser when interacting with other sites and applications. However, only one PIP video can be played on the screen at a time. A floating window appears in the lower right corner of the screen. You can resize or drag the floating window to another location. This mode is available for all major platforms such as Windows, Linux, macOS, and ChromeOS that have Google Chrome 70.

In this article, we’ll show you how to enable picture-in-picture mode in Google Chrome. It should be noted that you cannot play every video in PiP mode. However, YouTube and daily traffic will operate in pip mode.

We will use the Debian 10 OS to describe the procedure mentioned in this article. However, you can use the same method in earlier versions of Debian.

Enabling Picture-in-Picture Mode in Google Chrome

Before you begin, make sure that you have the latest version of Chrome browser installed – Chrome 70. To check, click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the Chrome browser. Then go to Help> About Google Chrome ,

If you have any update available, get this update to have the latest version of Chrome. After that, restart Chrome, and now you are ready to enable the picture-in-picture mode.

Follow these steps to enable picture-in-picture mode in Google Chrome.

Add extension

Open Google Chrome on your Debian operating system. Then go to Chrome Web Store for the “picture in picture” extension. You will see the picture-in-picture extension. Then click on Add to Chrome Button to add an extension to your Chrome browser.

After completing the above step, a dialog box asking for permission will appear, click on Add extension ,

Add Picture In Picture

After adding the extension, you will receive a notification that it has been added to Google Chrome.

Extension has been added

Enabling Extension

Once you have added the extension, you can test the new PIP feature. To check PiP mode, open any video. You will see the PiP icon in the upper corner of the browser. Click on this to enable PiP mode. Or double-click the video with the right mouse button and in the options menu that appears, select Picture in Picture option

Enable PIP in Chrome

As soon as you select this option, you will see a pop-up video in the lower right corner of the screen.

Now you can resize the floating video and drag it to another location on the screen. The floating window initially seems small. To resize it, place the cursor on the edge of the window and drag it to the desired size. You can also play and pause video from a floating window. To close the video, click on X button in the corner of your window.

Here is a view of the floating video on the desktop.

Video floating on Debian desktop

You can see the floating video while working in the file manager of your OS.

Another example of a floating video screen

Thus, you can enable the picture-in-picture mode in the Google Chrome browser to watch the video in multitasking mode. However, it should be noted that if you close the main browser window, it will also close the floating window.

How to enable picture-in-picture mode in Google Chrome in Debian 10

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