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Last month, probably in Firefox 66, a new feature showed up - picture in picture video. Now when I exit a YouTube tab playing a video and go somewhere else on the website, the previous video hangs in the lower right corner of the screen, and if I hadn't paused the video, it plays.

This is obnoxious and I'd like to disable the feature. I've looked online, but the flag from about:config that was used to enable PIP in beta, media.videocontrols.picture-in-picture.enabled doesn't seem to exist anymore.

Are there any ways to disable it? Given the fact it's now a WebAPI draft, more websites could implement it, so solutions that aren't YT specific are preferable.

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  • Hmm. "As of this writing, you need to install the latest build of Firefox Nightly in order to try the feature in action. " and "Please keep in mind that Picture-in-Picture mode in Firefox is a work-in-progress as of now. It may not work reliably and doesn't have many customizable settings or features." from Firefox is Getting Picture-in-Picture Mode
    – DavidPostill
    May 5, 2019 at 16:31
  • "it's now a standard WebAPI" No it isn't. It's still a draft.
    – DavidPostill
    May 5, 2019 at 16:41
  • I am not using Firefox Nightly. I am using Firefox 66.0.3 from Ubuntu 16.04 repositories May 5, 2019 at 16:42
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    Indeed. What you are seeing is not Firefox's PIP but Youtube's PIP. Other sites such as dailymail.co.uk/home/index.html also have a similar annoyance where scrolling the page causes an embedded vid to go PIP. It is not Firefox causing it.
    – DavidPostill
    May 5, 2019 at 16:46
  • Mine is also broken, where the blue icon sticks around on some videos and does not go away. I have the media.videocontrols.picture-in-picture.enabled flag in Firefox Developer 69.0b1, but turning it off does nothing.
    – rovyko
    Jul 4, 2019 at 20:50

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To hide the button just right click it and click hide. You won't see it anymore.

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  • This leaves it up to the site to determine how it wants to handle your action. In the case of YouTube, hiding this video is not permanent. I think the OP is asking for a way for the user to unilaterally and permanently disable it across all sites, without regard to how any particular website wants to handle it.
    – kloddant
    Dec 21, 2020 at 18:34
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I see the same thing. In about:config, setting media.videocontrols.picture-in-picture.enabled to false doesn't do much, but setting media.videocontrols.picture-in-picture.video-toggle.enabled to false as well seems to do the job. Tested in Firefox 71 beta.

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  • Doesn't work in Firefox 70 Stable, but I'll wait for the update and hope you're right Oct 30, 2019 at 0:23
  • This works in FF 78 but unfortunately the keyboard shortcut still activates it. I logged the following bug: bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1645586
    – tanc
    Jun 13, 2020 at 10:32

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