Enable Picture in Picture (PIP) in VLC Player (Windows, Mac, Android)

VLC is one of the most used video players in the world on both desktop and also on mobile devices and it supports all the major video formats. Do you want to watch a movie and also do something else while using your Windows PC or an iMac or a MacBook? Then you can use the PIP – Picture in Picture feature of VLC in Windows 10, macOS, or Chrome.

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Follow the below Steps to Enable Picture in Picture Mode in VLC player like in the screenshot below. The below tutorial works on Windows 7, 8, Windows 10 Operating system, and Apple macOS devices as well with the latest VLC Media Player version.

VLC picture in picture in Windows

How to Enable VLC PIP ( Picture in Picture) in Windows

Step 1: Open the VLC Media Player application on your windows or mac device. And open the video that you wanted to watch.

Step 2: Once opened go to Tools -> Preferences -> Video -> check the “Always on top” option.

Step 3: Now the video you are watching will be floating on top of other windows.

Step 4: Then to make the video player look slim and hide the top Navigation bar Go to Tools >> Preferences >> Video and un-tick the Window decorations option

Step 5: To hide the top controls on VLC Press the Ctrl+H key when using the VLC player. If you want to show them again just press the Ctrl+H buttons again.

Step 6: Now to make the video stick to the side of the window drag the VLC window and drag it to the right corner or left corner until you see the resize window shrink to fit the corner of the screen. When it’s done leave the app to make it dock to the corner of the screen.

How to Enable VLC PIP ( Picture in Picture) in Mac

Step 1: Open the VLC Media Player App on your MacBook or iMac device.

Step 2: Now choose the video file you want to play on the VLC media player.

Step 3: When your video is playing you will get access to the options under the Video menu options. Now go to Video option and select the Float on Top option.

Step 4: Now your video will float on top of all the other applications you are using on your mac. Note that this PIP feature won’t work on full-screen mac applications.

How to use VLC PIP Picture-in-Picture Mode on Android

The below tutorials works on any android smartphone with the latest android releases starting from android P which supports pip feature. Old Android devices won’t support this Picture in Picture PIP window feature.

Follow the below steps to use Picture in Picture ( PIP) in your android smartphone when watching a video on the VLC player mobile application.

Step 1: Go to settings option inside the VLC android app and choose the Play VLC Videos in the background option.

Step 2: Once done go and play a video on the VLC mobile app and then choose the dots icons and choose to minimize player or PIP option symbol.

Step 3: This will make the video play in a pip window while you browse the web or use any other apps so you can multi-task easily.

Also read: How to Change VLC player Skin in Windows and MacOS

VLC Frequently Asked Questions

How do I turn Picture in Picture mode On?

The procedure is different based on the application you are using and the operating system. For the VLC Media Player you just how to choose the float on top option in the tools > View > Float on Top.

How do you do picture in picture on Windows?

In Windows to enable Picture in Picture easily follow the below steps
1. Download the VLC media player app
2. Open the video you would like to watch in Picture in Picture
3. When the video is playing go to Tools Option > Preferences > Video > Always on Top
4. Now you have to resize the VLC video Window and fit it any place you want and it will stay above the rest of the applications.

How do you start Picture in Picture on Android?

1. In your android device, download and install the VLC Media Player app from the Google play store.
2. Then go to the video you wanted to watch and play it in the VLC Media Player app.
3. Now when the video is playing in the VLC app on your phone in full screen, tap the Dots Icon, and choose the Picture in Picture option or Minimize option.
4. Now when you go to your Android Home screen the video will still be playing in a PIP window.

We hope that you were able to enable VLC PIP ( Picture In Picture ) floating video on your window’s computer, Mac, or Android smartphone.

Do let us know if you have any questions regarding PIP in the comments below.

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