Document: pictureInPictureElement property

Limited availability

This feature is not Baseline because it does not work in some of the most widely-used browsers.

The read-only pictureInPictureElement property of the Document interface returns the Element that is currently being presented in picture-in-picture mode in this document, or null if picture-in-picture mode is not currently in use.

Although this property is read-only, it will not throw if it is modified (even in strict mode); the setter is a no-operation and will be ignored.


A reference to the Element object that's currently in picture-in-picture mode; if picture-in-picture mode isn't currently in use by the document, the returned value is null.


This example presents a function, exitPictureInPicture(), which tests the value returned by pictureInPictureElement. If the document is in picture-in-picture mode (pictureInPictureElement isn't null), Document.exitPictureInPicture() is run to exit picture-in-picture mode.

function exitPictureInPicture() {
  if (document.pictureInPictureElement) {


# ref-for-dom-documentorshadowroot-pictureinpictureelement①⑤

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