How to use Firefox’s Picture-in-Picture mode

Teodor Nechita
by Teodor Nechita
Software Managing Editor
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How to use Firefox's Picture-in-Picture mode
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Earlier this year, Mozilla announced that it will be implementing a Picture-in-Picture mode for their browser.

This feature would allow videos to be played in a small overlay on the screen, and users could navigate between tabs and sites without interfering with the playing video using the detached video player.

This feature is already present in other Chromium-based browsers. So far the feedback regarding the feature has been mostly positive, and Mozilla users are excited to know they will get to try it as well.

How do I enable Picture-in-Picture mode in Firefox?

Please remember that the Firefox preference media.videocontrols.picture-in-picture.enabled determines whether Picture-in-Picture mode is activated, so it needs to pe activated.

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Firefox browser
  2. Type the following line in the search bar:
    • about:config
  3. Press I accept the risk!
    • This will open the configuration page
  4. Type in the following line
    • media.videocontrols.picture-in-picture.enabled

Firefox I accept the risk!

Is Picture-in-Picture mode in Firefox viable?

You may enable the feature already in the browser, but keep in mind that there may still be some bugs.

Once you open a website that has a video on it, Firefox will add a small blue icon on the supported videos. This will display the Picture-in-Picture feature when hovered over.

If you click the icon, the video will open in the Picture-in-Picture interface and it will display a placeholder on the original site. You can also do this by right-clicking the icon as well.

The Picture-in-Picture overlay is quite flexible already. You can move it around independently of the tab that hosts the video, and you can resize it as you please, but closing the tab that is the source of the video will also close the Picture-in-Picture window.

One thing you must remember is that the Picture-Picture mode is still in its early stages of development.

As such, the window displays just the pause and play button, and you lack all of the other controls you may expect, such as changing the volume of the video or change the quality.

What are your opinions about Firefox introducing Picture-in-Picture mode? Let us know in the comments section below.


Editor's Note: This article was originally published in October 2019 and was revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.