Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Enable Android O Picture in Picture Mode

Android Oreo brings "Picture in Picture" mode for few supported apps like YouTube, Chrome, Duo. This was a part of Android O System UI Tuner but these features are removed from System UI Tuner on Developer Preview 3. But this feature can still be used on Nexus and Pixel Devices.

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    There are two ways to enable Picture in Picture. First is using adb/fastboot command line method.Second is if you are rooted. based on your preference do this. And don't forgot to take the backup before you go ahead.

    Looking on the Android O we can see that if you go inside the 'Special App Access' (Apps and Notification) you can see that Picture in Picture feature is still there. Directly you can't enable that from System UI tuner now but there is a third party application which will enable you to do this. 

    Video Demo

    Watch the video before and understand all the details along with other tips.

    Using Root Method

    If you are rooted then you can easily enable this feature.

    Using ADB/Fastboot Method

    Minimum Requirement

    • Supported Phones Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X.
    • Need Android Oreo.
    • Minimal Adb / Fast boot setup or a Root access on the above mentioned device. Take help from  XDA Forums on how to install and configure.
    • Rooted device (if going with root method)

    Files Needed


    I will suggest to go through the video demo and check in details for the installation steps. I am assuming you have made the successful adb connection with device. Execute the command as shown in image below. 

    Command to execute is,

    pm grant xyz.paphonb.systemuituner android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS

    After that open the app and a new left or right key and assign the keycode value (171) to window. Once it is done open the youtube app and start playing any video. There after press the keycode window shortcut. You will see the current video is being minimized as a floating window. It can be moved to any place and it will work on top of any window.

    Rooting Tutorials

    With TWRP/Super SU

    With TWRP/Magisk

    Wallpaper Used in Demo

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