The Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode makes multitasking on iPhone and iPad child’s play. You can video call someone and order food at the same time. PiP mode works with apps that play videos, and FaceTime is one of them. Unfortunately, picture-in-picture mode does not work properly for many iPhone and iPad users. Let’s see how to fix it in the post.
Using picture-in-picture is effortless. If you’re viewing video content in an app that supports PiP mode, swipe up or press the home button. That should place your FaceTime video in a floating window. However, this is not the case for many users. Either the video will pause or nothing will happen when trying to put the FaceTime video into PiP mode.
Do not worry. The following fixes should get the PiP mode for FaceTime back on track. Let us begin.
1. Restart the phone
Sometimes troubleshooting issues, including picture-in-picture mode not working, is as simple as Restart your iPhone or iPad. So, stop and restart everything you do on your device.
2. Check the supported software version
Apple introduced picture-in-picture mode with iOS 14 on the iPhone. Prior to iOS 14, your video would pause if you swiped out the FaceTime window. This doesn’t happen in iOS 14. Your video will now appear in a floating window above each background app. You can read or flip through the news Facebook during a FaceTime call.
So if your video is pausing, you need to check the software version installed on your device. It should run iOS 14 or higher on the iPhone and iOS 13+ on the iPad.
To check the software version on the iPhone or iPad, go to Settings> General> About. Check the number listed under the software version. If it is less than the supported versions, update it as shown below.
3. Update software
Sometimes apps don’t work properly due to a bug in the software. Check for an available update from Apple and install it at the earliest. To do this, go to Settings> General> Software Update.
4. Enable Start picture-in-picture automatically
To automatically start picture-in-picture mode when you swipe up or press the home button, a setting must be enabled.
To do this, proceed as follows:
Step 1: Open Settings and go to General.
Step 2: Tap picture in picture. On the next screen, turn on the switch next to Start picture-in-picture automatically.
step 3: If it is already on, turn it off. Restart your device. Follow steps 1 and 2 again to enable the setting.
5. Deactivate FaceTime
Another way to fix FaceTime picture-in-picture mode is to temporarily turn off FaceTime. To do this, go to Settings> FaceTime. Turn off the switch next to FaceTime. Restart the phone. Then turn on the same switch again to turn it on.
6. Reset iPhone settings
If the problem persists, then you need to reset all the settings on your iPhone and iPad. It is different from formatting your phone. Fortunately, it’s not a manual task that you have to endure. You can do this with a single tap by going to Settings> General> Reset> Reset All Settings. Confirm when asked.
You can reset all custom settings to their original values, e.g. B. Bluetooth, customization of the home screen, sound, etc. Learn in detail what happens when you reset your iPhone or iPad.
Bonus tips for using picture-in-picture on FaceTime
Here are some tips for using FaceTime in picture-in-picture and multitasking at the same time.
- Drag the floating FaceTime window to change its position.
- Double tap the window to resize it. You can also use the pinch gesture to change the size of the video window.
- To hide the FaceTime video window on your device, drag it to the left or right edge of the screen. Please note that hiding the FaceTime window will pause your video.
We hope that at least one solution does not work with FaceTimes’ picture-in-picture mode on iPhone and iPad. Check out other fixes that work for picture-in-picture mode not working on iPhone if the problem persists. You can also try solutions to make FaceTime not work on iPhone and iPad.