The iPad has a leg up on other devices in the iOS family, because later model versions can take advantage of iOS 9’s new Picture in Picture mode for video multitasking. Picture in Picture mode lets you watch videos or conduct FaceTime calls in a smaller window while using other apps at the same time.

Unfortunately, for those of you on iPads that predate the iPad Air, along with iPhone and iPod touch users, Picture in Picture mode is not available. That’s unless you decide to jailbreak and install Pegasus, a tweak by developer Evan Swick. Pegasus is a new jailbreak tweak that enables Picture in Picture mode on previously unsupported devices. Have a look at our full video walkthrough to see how it works.

Once Pegasus is installed on your device, there are no options or settings to configure. The tweak allows unsupported devices to work similar to the real Picture in Picture mode on supported iPads.

Pegasus adds a button next to the pause button on supported videos, and pressing this button detaches the video allowing it to become movable, and resizable. Just like on the iPad, you can reattach the video, pause, and close the video.

Performing a double tap with two fingers or pressing the Home button while in full screen mode will automatically detach the video. Double tapping a detached video with two fingers will re-dock the video.

Needless to say, Pegasus is a pretty awesome tweak, and is a treat for those of you wishing to have Picture in Picture mode that works similarly to the official iPad version.

Pegasus iOS 9 Picture in Picture

For a more custom version of Picture in Picture, I recommend trying Ryan Petrich’s VideoPane. It’s a tweak that predates Picture in Picture for the iPad, but it features more options. Since Evan’s version of Picture in Picture is based off of Apple’s own API’s, videos that don’t normally work with Picture in Picture using the official version, won’t work here. That may be another reason to consider using a tweak like VideoPane.

I’m impressed by Pegasus, and think that anyone looking for true Picture in Picture on unsupported devices should check it out. The tweak does currently have a couple of issues, though. First, when you re-dock videos, the videos stop playing. This doesn’t happen when using the official Picture in Picture mode on the iPad. Secondly, FaceTime video is not yet supported.

Despite its flaws, Pegasus is a solid tweak, and the developer is looking to add fixes and new features in upcoming updates. It’s a $2.99 download on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, and it’s available now.

What do you think?

  • Linton Findlay

    Wish videopane used the native PiP, to add support to phones and unsupported apps

    • Mr.Coolfreak

      ?? Video pane does work on phones, and unsupported apps because it doesn’t use native api

    • Damian

      Honestly videoPane seem almost the same if not better.

    • iPhoneWINS

      this is the native code

  • Mr.Coolfreak

    Is there a way to get PiP on a Mac?

    • Yeah drag the corners to make the window smaller and voilà!

  • Damian

    The problem with this tweak is when app developers don’t add PIP support to their iPhone apps then probably this tweak is not gonna work. My understanding is that when iPhone app actually has a code for pip this tweak will pick it up and make it work.

    Therefore probably not really useful for many apps

  • Satyam Panchal

    No More Fun in Jailbreak Now. 🙁 Missing those days when its Ios 4 5,and6 and there awesome Jailbreak tweaks like SBsettings, Installous,dashboard x etc. 🙁

    • Man I miss dreamboard and themes like appleweb. My iPhone would look completely different and I loved it.

      • Satyam Panchal

        Yea dreamboard one was my fav tweak for my iPod touch 4g. Mac OS themes xD

  • Multiplexer didn’t even last s good two months before it was never updated again. Then they want ppl to pay ridiculous prices for these tweaks. Ha!

  • Picapollo

    Remember the days of graviboard… Old days! Now jailbrakeing has become useless.

    • Satyam Panchal

      Because of Steve jobs die so iOS 5 dies also jailbreak dies 🙁

      • Damian

        Makes no sense

  • Jesse Smith

    Is there a way to use the YouTube app and then enable picture-in-picture. There’s a lot of times that I’m watching YouTube videos to the YouTube app and I can’t do picture-in-picture but I want to view other things.

    Any suggestions?

    • Shaw

      the tweak ‘VideoPane’.

  • iDude

    works better than videopane – it’s a keeper. lately rpertrich’s tweaks are so buggy.

  • Toon

    don’t see any advantage for this app

  • Imran Ar

    Whats the tweak that you are using to switch apps by swiping on top left part of screen

  • Quvanny

    Videopane is 9x better and would be 10x but this latest build is a bit buggy