There's living, and there's thriving - and as a Chrome user, we want to ensure you're doing the latter. Picture-in-Picture Mode (PiP), a downright quantum leap in multitasking, is a sublime feature Google Chrome provides. So, what happens when you find yourself obstructed by the pesky message, "Unable to Use Picture-in-Picture Mode"? Breathe easy, my fellow digital adventurer, for we are about to traverse the ley-lines of troubleshooting this common yet pesky issue. But first, let's dabble in a brief soliloquy on what PiP is.
1. Update Google ChromeLike an ancient mariner, an outdated version of Chrome can lead to uncharted territory of issues. Luckily, ensuring your browser is updated is a cinch. Simply navigate to the three-dot menu > Help > About Google Chrome. If an update is available, a restart shall be upon you, applying the updates and potentially fixing your issue. If your Chrome was already up-to-date or updating didn't help, fear not for we are just getting started.
2. Disable interfering extensionsNot all extensions are born good. Some may harbor code that conflicts with the PiP functionality. Head to chrome://extensions and wield the power of disablement on each extension, one by one, until you find the criminal. Once identified, you can choose to live without it or contact the developers for a resolution.
3. Check the playerA corrupt video, an incompatible player, or simply a badly encoded video could play spoilsport. Try opening a different video or switch to a different site and see if PiP works. If it does, then the problem lies with the particular video/player/sit.
4. Reset settingsWhen all else fails, there's the ever-dependable "Reset Settings" to fall back on. Head over to settings > advanced > reset and clean up > restore settings to their original defaults. Be mindful that this will wipe out all your personalized settings, but also any surreptitious settings causing this ruckus.