The DocumentOrShadowRoot.pictureInPictureElement read-only property returns the HTMLVideoElement 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.


var video = document.pictureInPictureElement;

Return value

A reference to the HTMLVideoElement 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, Document.exitPictureInPicture(), which tests the value returned by pictureInPictureElement. If the document is in picture-in-picture mode (pictureInPictureElement isn't null), exitPictureInPicture() is run to exit picture-in-picture mode.

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


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