One of the features that Apple introduced in iOS 14 for the iPhone is that apps that play video can now offer picture-in-picture mode. This means that you can watch a video while doing other things on your phone. Of course, this is up to developers to choose to include such a feature.
YouTube has yet to update their app to offer that, but users found a workaround by going to YouTube.com on Safari. However, YouTube quickly closed that loophole as it was a feature meant for YouTube Premium subscribers, but for some reason, it appears that YouTube has decided to restore that feature to iOS 14 users.
It is unclear why YouTube might have had a change of heart, but it’s good news for iOS 14 users who want to take advantage of it. However, note that this is still only available through YouTube’s mobile website that you access through Safari. The YouTube app itself has not been updated to take advantage of this new feature, but hopefully it won’t be too long until they do.
After all, the YouTube app on the iPad has already enjoyed the feature for a while now, so we expect that it is only a matter of time before it comes to the iPhone. Plus, YouTube was spotted testing out the feature back in August, so it’s really only a matter of when, not if.