Picture-in-picture mode has been an option on Apple’s streaming media device, the Apple TV, for a few years now. But with the recent tvOS 15.4 update, Apple has made it easier to view a live feed from HomeKit cameras in a small window above any other content you’re playing on your Apple TV.
It’s a useful feature if you want to keep an eye on the baby’s room while you watch a movie, or watch the front door for that special delivery during a big game.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to enabling and using Apple TV’s picture-in-picture mode to view a live stream from a HomeKit camera. For this, we used the second generation of Siri Remote; it’s also possible to use the first-generation remote, which uses a touch-sensitive surface instead of a clickpad.
- While watching a show, long press the TV button on the Apple TV Siri Remote to open the Apple TV Control Center.
- Use the touchpad ring to scroll to the HomeKit icon.
- Select the icon by pressing the clickpad and scroll through your cameras to choose the feed you want to view.
- You can also press the Siri button on the remote and ask to see the camera by name, as in: “Show me the Arlo porch camera.”
- The live camera feed will be displayed in full screen.
- Now use the touchpad ring to navigate to the picture-in-picture icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
- Select the icon and your camera will switch to picture-in-picture mode in front of the content you were previously playing.
- To control the mode from the smaller picture, press the TV button to display additional controls on the picture-in-picture screen.
- Here you can go full screen, close the picture-in-picture, or move it to any of the four corners of the TV screen.
- In full screen mode, you can choose to view all your compatible cameras and switch to another.
- You can also switch to viewing your full-screen camera and picture-in-picture show by swiping up on the touchpad to bring up playback controls on the main screen (including picture in the picture).