The Android Oreo has been around for some time now and of the many features that launched with the OS is the Picture-in-Picture mode (also: PiP mode). This feature is peculiar to the Android Oreo operating system and it basically allows users watch videos from applications while simultaneously doing some other things (like running other apps) on the home screen.
The Infinix Note 4 officially received the Android Oreo v8.1 over-the-air update a few days ago…and it was amazing. The OS update brought a whole new feel to the device entirely. The aim of this tutorial, however, is to guide you on how to enable —and use— the Picture-in-Picture mode on the Infinix Note 4 running the Android Oreo operating system.
How to Enable Picture-in-Picture mode in Infinix Note 4
Before moving on, you should know that only a few applications support the Picture-in-Picture mode in the Android Oreo OS. This is because the operating system is new and not all apps have the features incorporated in their functionalities. But I’m positive that there would be an increase in the number of apps that supports this feature soon.
Presently, only about 6 Android apps support the Picture-in-Picture mode on the Oreo OS. They are: Google Chrome, Google Duo, Google Play Services, WhatsApp, YouTube, and VLC Media Player.
To see applications that support the Picture-in-Picture mode on the Infinix Note 4, navigate to:
Settings >> Apps & notifications >> Special app access >> Picture-in-Picture
Let’s see how to enable Picture-in-Picture mode in Infinix Note 4 using the Google Chrome and VLC media player as app examples.
We would have tried out the PIP mode with YouTube, but there’s a restriction: you must have an active paid or free trial subscription on the YouTube Red service — a paid service that removes ads from YouTube videos and allow users listen to videos in the background— which, sadly, is currently not available in Nigeria and to Nigerians.
How to Enable Picture-in-Picture mode in Infinix Note 4 using Google Chrome
1. Launch the Chrome browser on your Infinix Note 4 and log in to any website you wish to stream a video (e.g www.youtube.com) and select a video to watch.
2. Ensure the website is in the “Desktop mode” or “Desktop version”, not the mobile version. You can enable the Desktop version in the menu option of Chrome.
3. Afterwards, enable “Full screen” mode in the YouTube video by clicking on the icon at the bottom right corner of the video (see image below).
4. When the video is in Full-screen mode, the video occupies the whole of the Note 4 screen.
5. Next step is to click on your Infinix Note 4’s physical home button to play the video in Picture-in-Picture mode.
This takes the display to the home screen while playing the video at the bottom right corner of the screen.
You can move the video from the bottom right corner to any corner of the screen by dragging it to your preferred location.
7. To close the video, drag the video to the bottom centre of the screen (as indicated by the prompted instruction below the video).
How to Enable Picture-in-Picture mode in Infinix Note 4 on VLC Media Player
1. First – ensure you have the latest version of the VLC Media player.
2. Navigate to Settings >> Background/PiP mode >> Play videos in Picture-in-Picture mode.
3. After activating the PiP mode, go ahead and play any video of choice.
4. Click the home button and the video is sent to the home screen in PiP mode.
5. While in PiP mode, you can pause and play a video and likewise, change to the next video.
6. You can as well drag the video around the screen to change its position and drag down to dismiss.
A notification saying VLC Media player is in Picture-in-Picture mode appears on the notification tray.
And that’s it! Enabling the Picture-in-Picture mode on the Infinix Note 4 running the Android Oreo operating system.
Got any questions or problems on enabling the Picture-in-Picture mode on the Infinix Note 4? Post your questions in the comments.