Change the size of picture-in-picture windows on iPhone and iPad [Pro tip]

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iOS 14 picture-in-picture pro tip
Switch window sizes in an instant.
Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Pro-tip-4 iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 don’t just bring picture-in-picture (PiP) to iPhone for the first time; they also make it possible to change the size of PiP windows on iPhone and iPad in an instant.

There are three PiP window sizes to choose from, and in this pro tip, we’ll show you how to switch between them.

PiP is a great addition to iOS, giving you the ability to watch movies, TV shows, and more while you continue to use other apps on your iPhone and iPad. It even works with FaceTime Video calls.

You probably already knew that the PiP window can easily be moved around with a simple drag. But did you also know that in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, it’s also resizable?

Change the size of picture-in-picture windows on iPhone, iPad

To change the size of a PiP window, first activate the feature in the normal manner. When your PiP window appears, simply double-tap it to change its size. Double-tap again to cycle to the next size option.

How to change the size of picture-in-picture windows
Three different sizes to choose from.
Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

It’s that easy, although we recommend being careful about where you tap. With smaller PiP windows in particular, it’s easy to accidentally tap playback controls or even the close button.

There are three PiP window sizes to choose from on both iPhone and iPad. Switching to a smaller window can be really handy when your video is only just blocking other things you need to see.

How to hide a picture-in-picture window

If you’re using PiP for the first time with iOS 14, it’s also worth remembering that it’s possible to hide a PiP window without actually closing it completely (which will stop your video).

To do this, simply slide the PiP window to the very edge of your screen. Your video will continue to play, and you can tap the PiP tab to open it up in PiP mode again.