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Not long ago, Samsung premiered multitasking for phones with its multi-window mode. Google's introduction of a native split-screen mode on Android 7.0 Nougat acted as a stepping stone for picture-in-picture (PiP) mode on Android 8.0 Oreo.

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Now many popular apps such as YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, WhatsApp, and more support picture-in-picture mode.

However, WhatsApp on Android was late to the game for the iPhone got the picture-in-picture support in the first quarter of last year only. Despite the feature's delayed arrival, the chances are that it won't work smoothly for several Android phone users.

If you too are struggling to get it to work on your phone, then we shall help you do that with proven solutions.

Let’s get started.

Check WhatsApp Compatibility

WhatsApp picture-in-picture mode works for all phones running Android 4.4 KitKat and above. Anything less than that will not support this mode. You can check your Android version by going into phone Settings > System > About > Android Version.

Time to Update App

Now that you have verified the app compatibility, you need to check the app version too. Earlier, the picture-in-picture mode was limited to the beta version. However, that changed in December 2018 when picture-in-picture arrived on the stable version as well. Now all WhatsApp versions above 2.18.380 support picture-in-picture mode. If you haven’t updated your app yet, it’s a good time to do so. For that, navigate to the Play Store and update WhatsApp.

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Supported Videos

WhatsApp doesn’t support PiP mode for videos created on WhatsApp or sent from the gallery. It only works for external links such as YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

Wait for Video Preview

If you are trying to send a third-party link from YouTube, for instance, and the picture-in-picture mode isn’t working, you must have missed a very important step.

Whenever you press share on the link and it opens in WhatsApp, you need to wait for a second or two for its preview window to load. Only when the external video has a preview window, it will play in picture-in-picture mode for both parties.

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If you have received a video link without preview, the video will not play in PiP mode. It isn’t much you can do about it except asking the person to send it again with a preview if you want to watch it while chatting.

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