After making it an exclusive feature for paying members of its Premium service, YouTube is now bringing the picture-in-picture (PiP) mode to all users on Android 8.0 for free.
The feature was made available for free sometime during the month of May but wasn't announced officially until recently, when it was posted on the YouTube support page. Now, despite being free for those on Android, users will still have to be running Android 8.0 Oreo or higher in order for the feature to work and will have to be located in the United States. Also, videos that have music content will only work in PiP mode for Premium members.
If you are in new to PiP, you can take advantage of the feature by simply playing a video in the YouTube app, then tapping the home button. Once you do this, the video will shrink into the corner and you will have enabled the PiP feature. You can then drag the window to any part of the display to reposition the video. If you want to enlarge the video back to its normal size, you can double tap the video area or if you want to close the video, simply drag it down to the bottom of the screen.
At present, there has been no mention made if or when the same capability will be rolled out to iOS devices for free.