YouTube users getting ‘Music content cannot be played in PiP’ error on iOS

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New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on July 12, 2022) follows:

If you are an iOS user, you might not get all the perks on Google apps that are easily available for Android users. And this is the case with YouTube’s PiP (Picture-in-Picture) mode.

YouTube has offered PiP mode for all Android users ever since it was first introduced. However, its availability was limited on iOS and only Premium members could try it as an experimental feature, that too for a limited time.

After completely removing the feature from iOS a couple of months ago, YouTube has now finally announced that they are gradually rolling out Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode on iOS for all users.

The feature is, however, limited to Premium members globally, while those in the US can use it even without a Premium subscription.

YouTube ‘Music content cannot be played in PiP’ error

With that said, those trying to use Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode on their iPhones or iPads are getting ‘Music content cannot be played in PiP’ error message even when playing non-music content (1, 2, 3, 4 ).

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I turned off pip in my general settings on my iphone, i cannot find pip settings in my youtube settings, and i still get this annoying notification. How do i stop it? (Source)

@TeamYouTube There is a bug where I keeping getting a message about PiP “music content cannot be played in Picture In Picture (PiP)” even though I don’t have YouTube Premium it still appears. And in my YouTube settings it does have a Picture In Picture Enabler/ Disabler. (Source)

This makes the feature completely unusable and it’s affecting all users whether Premium or non-Premium.

However, someone managed to find a potential workaround that might help you get rid of this pop-up temporarily. You can check it out below and see if it works for you.

Workaround: Another thing I found is that if you pause the YT video before to the Home Screen it shouldn’t leaving pop up. (Source)

Although, users may be able to temporarily fix the ‘Music content cannot be played in PiP’ error, a definitive fix for the same is required since it’s making the feature completely worthless.

Unfortunately, YouTube support hasn’t yet acknowledged this issue. However, we will keep tabs on the latest developments and inform you as and when anything noteworthy comes up.

In the meantime, you can also check out our YouTube bug tracker where we have mentioned various bugs and issues affecting YouTube and YouTube Music users along with their workarounds, if any.

Update 1 (July 13)

11:24 am (IST): TeamYouTube on Twitter has acknowledged this issue and said that they are currently investigating it. However, they didn’t provide any ETA for the fix.

We’ve received similar reports of this issue (Music content cannot be played in PiP), & we’re currently looking into it. (Source)

Update 2 (July 18)

11:35 am (IST): YouTube support on Twitter has confirmed that the issue where users are getting ‘Music content cannot be played in PiP’ error even when playing non-music content has now been resolved.

Thanks for reaching out – the issue where people see this error (“Music content cannot be played in PIP”) when watching non-music content has already been fixed. (Source)

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