Google is making an important change to Chrome’s picture-in-picture mode, making life easier for anyone who spends time making video calls through the browser.
Think picture by picture and you’re probably thinking of watching a YouTube video in a small floating window as you continue browsing the web, but with the upcoming update, Google will bring a number of options special video calls and online meetings that we’ve all felt so well during the lockout.
If you’re a user of Chrome’s current Picture-in-Picture feature, you know that the controls available are very limited. In fact, anything you can do about it can pause and cancel the current video or return to the original tab. However, with the upcoming change, it will be possible to control the microphone and webcam during video calls.
The controls added by Google are a bit limited, but they are a significant improvement over what is available. There are controls that mute and unmute microphone, replace webcam on and off, and end the current video call.
You can sit down and wait for the feature to arrive in your browser if you are a patient type, or you can be proactive and use it right now. If this second option sounds more appealing, make sure you have at least Chrome 91 installed, and follow these steps:
- Start Chrome and visit chrome: // flags / # media-session-webrtc
- Enable the setting from the drop-down menu
- Restart Chrome
You can then visit this video conferencing / media session sample page try things. Click Open camera button and then enable picture-in-picture mode, and you should see a new microphone switch, camera switch, and hang buttons.
Unfortunately, the feature does not yet appear to be available to everyone, even using this method of allowing force. So even if you are very impatient, you may have no choice but to wait a little longer to try this great feature for yourself.