How to Disable iPad Video Overlay (Picture in Picture)
The Picture in Picture video mode on iPad is one of the better multitasking features of the device, but some users can find it to be distracting, and some may find themselves entering into the Picture in Picture (PIP) mode accidentally as well. While it’s easy to close a PiP window to make the video go away, if you don’t use the feature, you can easily disable the persistent video overlay (Picture in Picture) ability in iOS, which will prevent inadvertently accessing it.
How to Disable Persistent Picture in Picture Video Overlay on iPad
From the iPad in question, you simply need to do the following:
- Open the “Settings” app and go to “General”
- Choose “Multitasking”
- Flip the switch next to “Persistent Video Overlay” to the OFF (or ON) position
- Exit out of Settings and use the iPad as usual
With Persistent Video Overlay disabled, you will no longer have a Picture in Picture overlay pop-up when you press the Home button while viewing a video on iPad. In other words, with PiP disabled, hitting the Home button from a video playing works just like it did in prior versions of iOS, where it would close and stop the video playing, rather than sending it into a video overlay mode.
Of course you can easily reverse this as well, and if you discover that Picture in Picture mode is not working or not available on iPad, it’s probably because the Persistent Video Overlay feature has been disabled. Simply retracing the steps above and toggling the switch ON will reverse course and allow PiP to be used again.