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Enable Android-Style YouTube Multitasking in Chrome

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A new Google Chrome extension brings picture-in-picture playback to YouTube on the web — a feature popularised by the official Android and iOS applications for the streaming site. 

The Seek ‘n Play add-on enables you to watch videos in a small window while browsing YouTube, all in the same tab.

Once enabled, navigating away from a playing video – e.g., by clicking on a channel link or running a search – will  minimise the clip to the bottom right of the screen.

From there, where it appears in a floating box, you have access to the usual player controls – e.g., volume, full-screen toggle and timeline scrubber – plus options to close the floating overlay (click the ‘x’ icon) or return to the main video page (click the dual-arrow icon).

The box only appears when browsing items. It will disappear when clicking on a link that opens a new video page.


This handy multitasking feature allows you to pay attention to one ace video, while hunting out an even more pawsome cat clip to coo over.

Permissions requested for install are limited to the official YouTube domains. This is so the floating popup can work on the site and accurately detect when a new page, search term or video is opened.

Seek ‘n Play is a free extension and is available from the Chrome Web Store.

Install Seek ‘n Play from Chrome Web Store

  • Kenny Strawn

    Android AND iOS-style… Yes, the iOS app also has the same kind of YouTube multitasking.

    • End of first sentence says that :)

      Headlines have to be concise, and since he feature debuted in the Android app first (by several months) and the Android:iOS ratio of readers on this site is 75:15, it made more sense to mention Android as the descriptor.

  • I’d love to see something like this but with the ability to appear on top of ANY webpage.

    • Jamie White

      This, but on both desktop AND Android.

  • zyga

    I seem to have a problem with the extension. I’ve installed another youtube extension, and Seek ‘n play stooped working. But even though I’ve removed the latter extension, I still can’t get Seek ‘n play to work again. I’ve tried to reinstall it, but it didn’t work. What can I do to make it work again?

  • Nguyễn Sơn Hà

    wonder if there is any Firefox equivalent. Chrome is great but I still opt for Firefox mainly because of the addons, there is a thing called “Tree Style Tabs” that I simply cant find any equally good Chrome extension.