A few days ago, an acquaintance called me and asked me if I knew how to stop Netflix videos from playing once they leave the Netflix app. What he was referring to was the Picture in Picture feature that was introduced in iOS 9. What this is, is a multi-tasking feature which allows you to continue watching videos even when you press the Home button or switch to another app. Leaving the application in which the video is playing shrinks the video to a corner of your iPad screen and the video continues to play. To restore the video to full size, click the video thumbnail and then click the maximize icon (represented by a small rectangle with an arrow inside it pointing towards a larger rectangle). To close the video, tap the thumbnail and then click the Close icon (X).
The beauty of Picture in Picture is that you don’t need to do anything – it’s turned on by default. Now many people love the Picture in Picture feature while others, as is the case with my acquaintance, dislike it. If you’re one of those who aren’t crazy about it, you’ll be happy to know that you’re not stuck with it – you can easily disable it from the Settings app.
To Disable Picture in Picture
- Tap the Settings app.
- Tap General.
- Tap Multitasking
- Slide the Persistent Video Overlay switch to the Off position.
That’s it! From now on, whenever you press the Home button on your device or swipe to an open application, the video will stop playing.
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