How to Enable Picture-in-Picture (PiP) Mode in Firefox?

Picture in Picture or PiP mode feature allows the video site to stream the video in the foreground as an overlay on the desktop screen. It enables to detach the video player from actual video streaming sites like YouTube, and float over the screen enabling multitask while watching videos.

Firefox is often regarded as among the most privacy-centric browsers, but that isn’t its sole USP. This offering from Mozilla also comes baked in with a plethora of useful tools and functionalities.

Well, it has even incorporated some features that you could only find via extensions on other browsers. One such entry is the PiP Mode. Also known as Picture-in-Picture mode, it condenses the video playback to one corner of your screen.

The benefit? It straightaway translates to the ease of multitasking, as you could continue with your work using another app, and at the same time, check out everything intriguing that’s going on in that video.

PiP Mode enabled on Firefox example

Furthermore, since that PiP window acts as an overlay, you could drag and drop it to any corner of your screen. Then with just a single click, you could play/pause the video, close it or expand it to its default size – all from within the PiP mode itself.

Note: YouTube already has an option known as Mini-player which is basically PiP mode. You can just click on the mini-player icon located on the video control bar to start Picture-in-Picture mode.

Net-net, PiP mode definitely proves to be a handy alternative to have, without even the need to take the help of any third-party add-ons.

So with that said, let’s now check out the steps to enable Firefox’s Picture-in-Picture mode as well as the instructions to effectively control and tweak its settings.

Enable Picture in Picture (PiP) Mode in Firefox

By default, the picture-in-picture mode option is enabled on the Firefox browser. However, for some reason, if it isn’t working, then you can just re-enable the option under the Browsing settings section on Firefox.

Here are the steps to enable the picture-in-picture video controls option in Firefox:

  1. Launch the Firefox browser on your PC.
  2. Click on the horizontal 3bar icon menu situated at the top right.
  3. Select Options from the menu list.
    Firefox Options menu list
  4. Scroll down to the Browsing section.
  5. Click to checkbox Enable picture-in-picture video controls.
    Enable Picture in Picture Video Control in Firefox Browser

This will enable an option to display the picture-in-picture icon on the video streaming player. Irrespective of which streaming site you visit, an overlay pip mode icon will appear on the video screen.

Enable Firefox PiP via Icon

Now that we have enabled the picture-in-picture option on Firefox, we can just quickly start the PiP mode stream on the websites.

Here are the steps to launch the PiP on the Firefox using PiP icon:

  1. Launch the Firefox browser.
  2. Head over to start any YouTube video on the browser.
  3. Click on the Watch in Picture-in-Picture icon on right inside the video.
    Watch YouTube video in Picture-in-Picture modeIf you have already used this feature before, then the PiP mode option will just be displayed via a small icon.
    PiP mode option in Firefox on YouTube video

After clicking on the PiP icon, the video would now minimize to size and move to the lower right corner of your screen. At the same time, the video player would also notify you that the video is being played in PiP mode.

This video is playing in Picture in Picture Mode on YouTube Firefox

You can now drag and drop this overlay window to any corner of your screen, across any of the opened tabs. Likewise, when you hover the mouse cursor over to this window, you shall see player controls covered in the following section.

So this was one way of trying out Firefox’s Picture in Picture mode. But that’s not the only one. Some popular video streaming sites (such as YouTube) also support enabling the said option via the Context Menu.

Enable Firefox PiP Mode via Context Menu

This option may not be supported on all video streaming sites, but you can give it a try. I did check on the DailyMotion and it’s doesn’t have the context menu for PiP mode. However, it’s working on the YouTube videos without any issue.

Here are the steps to enable the Firefox picture-in-picture menu using the context menu:

  1. Open any video of your choice on YouTube.
  2. Right-click on the video and you shall get the default YouTube context menu.
    YouTube Video Default Context Menu
  3. Right-click again on the same video, and this time you shall get the Firefox context menu.
    Enable Picture in Picture menu from the Context Options list
  4. Select the Picture-in-Picture option from the context menu.

The video would now start playing in the picture-in-picture mode. The rest of the controls will be similar to what we had in the previous section.

Firefox Picture-in-Picture mode controls

The Firefox Picture-in-Picture mini-player has all the control that you need. If you click on the mini-player icon then it will exit the PiP mode and shall take you back to the default viewing screen. We also have the option to Play and Pause the video on the bottom right.

Picture in Picture Mode controls

On the other hand, if you wish to close the video, then just click on the X icon situated at the top right.

Bottom Line: Firefox Picture-in-Picture PiP Mode

So with this, we conclude the guide on the steps to enable the Picture-in-Picture or PiP Mode in Firefox.

Writing transcripts of the live tech events always proved to be a challenging task since I had to constantly switch between my Docs and YouTube tab. But thanks to this nifty built-in feature of Firefox, it has really streamlined this multitasking functionality.

Plus the fact that it could be enabled with just two right-clicks makes it easier in terms of accessibility.

What are your views on Firefox allowing the Picture-in-Picture or PiP mode for all streaming sites? Do share with us in the comments section below.

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