Who doesn’t love TikTok? This popular video-sharing platform has become really popular over the years, despite only launching in 2017, it instantly hit the 1 billion subscriber mark.
In the last few years, TikTok has garnered new features, which include live streaming. Content creators can use TikTok Live to interact better with their fans or they want to share impromptu performances, events, or anything that will make them feel more connected to their viewers.
TikTok Live selling is also a thing, which pairs well with the platform’s e-commerce service. This allows entrepreneurs to reach a broader audience and for shoppers to discover interesting finds with greater detail on the product.
However, live videos are usually very long, with some even lasting hours. So what if you want to do other things on your phone while streaming? Say, reply to a message, research a topic you’re watching, settle payment for a live-selling purchase, etc. That’s where your smartphone’s picture-in-picture (PiP) mode can come in handy.
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How to enable PiP on TikTok
The PiP mode is available on select Android devices running on Android 8.0 and newer. The guide we will be showing you today is for iPhones, but the process should be similar with Android devices.
Step 1: PiP was first available on iOS 14. So to make sure, you have to check if you’re running on iOS 14 or newer. To do so, go to Settings > General > About.
Step 2: Make sure that the PiP mode is enabled. To do so, go to Settings > General > Picture in Picture.
Step 3: Once done, you can now open the TikTok app, play the Live video you want to stream and swipe up to go back to the home screen and the video will automatically play in PiP mode.
Once PiP is enabled, you can proceed on doing other tasks on your phone with the video floating on the interface. You can easily adjust its location, resize it with pinch-to-zoom, or go back to the full screen by tapping the button on the top right.
Unfortunately, the PiP mode doesn’t work on normal, pre-recorded TikTok videos. Hopefully, that feature gets added soon, especially for 10-minute videos.
That’s it. That’s how easy it is to enable PiP mode on TikTok Live videos using your iOS or Android device. If you’re having issues, just make sure you’re running on the right OS version and the app is updated to the latest version.