Disable picture in picture on iPad

Introduced with iOS 11, Picture in Picture is a feature that lets you use apps on your iPad while watching a video. By default, anytime you watch a video and press the Home button, the video will go into Picture-in-Picture mode, showing in a small window overlay in a corner of your iPad screen.

While Picture in Picture can be handy at times, you can sometimes be taken aback when pressing the Home button and expecting the video to stop and close rather than keep playing in a corner of your screen.

I personally often experience this with the Netflix app when I want to stop playing a video, press the Home button expecting the video to stop and the app to close, but instead have the video playing in the corner of my iPad screen. This is also true for other apps such as FaceTime, and more.

Fortunately, this is a setting that you can overwrite. In this tutorial, we will show you how to stop videos from showing in Picture-in-Picture overlays when pressing the Home button on your iPad.

How to disable persistent video overlay on iPad

1) Open the Settings app on your iPad.

2) Go to the General section.

3) Select Multitasking & Dock.

4) Disable Persistent Video Overlay.

With this setting disabled, every time you press the Home button while watching a video, the video you are watching will stop playing, and the app will close.

Can you still use Picture-in-Picture mode?

When this setting is enabled, pressing the Home button immediately brings the video into a window overlay, but you might be wondering what happens when the setting is disabled? Can you still watch videos in Picture-in-Picture mode?

Well, it depends on the app you are using. For the Netflix app, for example, pressing the Home button seems to be the only way to get into Picture-in-Picture mode, so if you disable this feature, you won’t be able to enjoy it at all for that specific app.

Other applications, such as the TV app from Apple, have a dedicated button to get into Picture-in-Picture mode, so in this case, you’d still be able to use Picture in Picture.

I suggest you check the video apps you frequently use to see if, like the TV app, they offer a specific button to get into Picture-in-Picture mode. Your mileage will obviously vary depending on the apps.