Gone are the days when your Facetime video was paused by a quick press of the home button, allowing you to conceal your remorseless snacks from loved ones. It was simple before iOS 14 rolled out, with its many new features. Suddenly, in the corner, there’s this floating image and everyone knows it’s not kale chips that you’re munching on.
However, fear not, there are ways to bring back what was once lost. We’ll run you through a step-by – step guide below on how to disable the image in image (fondly called PIP) on iOS 14 and return to the old days.
What is PIP feature in iOS 14?
PIP is a rising element which was first implemented on smart devices in the early years of this decade. This feature, as the name implies, shows a small window with your current content on your screen while allowing you to perform other actions on your device. On iOS 14, Picture in Picture works by minimizing your ongoing call to a small screen in the lower left corner, on which you can perform other acts on your computer, such as sending mail, texts, making calls, etc., all while using the PIP window to keep up with your ongoing call. It’s a fantastic feature that comes along with its disadvantages, especially for our case, the inability to pause your video feed automatically during Facetime.
Why the Facetime doesn’t pause on iOS 14?
Using Facetime till iOS 13 used to be fairly easy. To pause your video feed, you might initiate a call, speak all you want and then simply press the home button. This has enabled you to continue voice calls while discussing stuff in your truth. Where you need both your hands, this may be regular chores or emergencies. A simple press of the home button would put your video call on hold and turn to a voice call that would allow you to remain connected while still preserving your privacy.
The new ability to use PIP with Facetime represents a great benefit for users who frequently multi-task. PIP is enabled for applications that play content or are sponsored, due to the existence of the APU. Apple has instead connected it to the physical swipe home gesture instead of giving you a physical toggle for PIP, much like pausing the camera feed in iOS 13 by pressing the home button. Apple creates Facetime, and PIP is one of the latest flagship features on their current iOS iteration. Of course, Apple wants to show its users this feature, which is why the home gesture now triggers PIP. For your video stream, there is still a physical toggle that we will talk about in the section below.
How to pause Facetime on iOS 14
During a Facetime call, there are two ways you can pause your video feed. If you have PIP disabled, you can simply swipe back home or use the built-in toggle to manually turn off the video feed. Let’s take a look at how your iOS system will do both.
Pausing video using the in-built toggle
Follow these steps to easily pause a video during Facetime calls.
Start a call
Open Facetime and start a call as you usually would with any of your contacts.
Swipe to access settings
Once the call is underway, swipe to access Facetime options from the bottom of your phone.
Turn the camera off
Now tap on ‘Camera off’.
This will interrupt the connected participant’s video stream, enabling you to perform other actions on your computer while remaining connected via voice.
Disable PIP and then use the home gesture to pause the video
Here’s how you can skip Facetime’s limited window and push the Facetime video call to pause on your iPhone and iPad.
Step 1: Open up Settings
Staub the crumbs off your fingers and open your iPhone’s Settings menu, either by clicking on the icon or by swiping and looking for it.
Step 2: Tap on General
With the menu open, find the General tab at the top of the third group.
Step 3: Look for Picture in Picture
Opening General can show you a list of choices — the fifth being Picture in Picture. Give the tap to it.
Step 4: Disable Picture in Picture
You can find here a single choice for either activating or disabling the Picture in Picture. Disabling this will return to previous versions of your iOS actions, negating the floating window. All you have to do if you ever want Picture in Picture back is re-enable the option. This can also be accomplished with a mid-Facetime call.
Step 5: Resume Clandestine Snacking
Now, you can go on telling everyone it’s really just soya-based diet snacks that you’re gorging on and not smores-wrapped candied peanuts, you animal.
Can you still use PIP when the need be?
Yeah, if you have disabled PIP and are curious about it, you can rest assured that in the future you will be able to use it quickly. Only follow the same steps as above to control Facetime’s PIP settings, but simply switch it on instead of turning the toggle off. This allows for Facetime PIP on your computer. You can now easily trigger it over a Facetime call using the swipe home gesture.
We hope this guide will help you pause Facetime on iOS 14 with ease. If you are having any problems or have any more questions , please contact us using the comments section below.
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