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How Do We Leave Picture-In-Picture Mode?

We have enterPictureInPictureMode() to move an activity from its current form into a picture-in-picture representation.

What is the means by which we revert that, returning the activity to its normal state, besides destroying the activity? There is no exitPictureInPictureMode(), leavePictureInPictureMode(), or janeGetMeOffThisCrazyPictureInPictureModeThing() method on Activity, and the documentation does not seem to cover an alternative.

I am interested in a solution for Android O, for picture-in-picture mode on mobile devices, though if that works for Android TV too, wonderful!

UPDATE 2017-04-08: If what you want is to return to normal mode when the user clicks the X button to exit picture-in-picture mode, you can do something like this:

  public void onPictureInPictureModeChanged(boolean isInPictureInPictureMode) {

    if (!isInPictureInPictureMode) {
      getApplication().startActivity(new Intent(this, getClass())

The key bits are to call startActivity() to start the current activity again with FLAG_ACTIVITY_REORDER_TO_FRONT. With a singleTask activity, you need to call that on some non-Activity context, such as the Application singleton. This does not appear to trigger onStop() or onStart(), but it does trigger onNewIntent() (with whatever Intent you pass to startActivity()).

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    • @ianhanniballake: Yes. That does not address my concern, though. I am not looking to switch the content. I merely want to expand the content back to its original size, without interrupting what is going on. For example, the user decides to enter PiP mode, realizes that the video is just too small, and wants to expand it again.
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    • great ques, made me visit -- Multiwindow support mentions picture in picture on TV and split-window for handheld devices, synonymously .. also, i was just wondering, wouldn't the jane go crazy if tom, dick and harry develop apps which overrule each other forcing/abusing janeEscapeLoopPiP, so.. probably leaving that part to user input/action is better. it sounds like providing a 'disconnectCall' method to the telephony api, when user is in conference
  1. Move the activity to the back

    activity.moveTaskToBack(false /* nonRoot */);
  2. restore the activity to the front

    Intent startIntent = new Intent(PipActivity.this, PipActivity.class);
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    • I just tried this solution, and onDestroy() is called, hence it doesn't answer your question. In fact it's called twice: once in enterPictureInPicture, once when the intent is launched, despite singleTask and FLAG_ACTIVITY_REORDER_TO_FRONT.
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    • I am granting this answer the bounty, as it comes the closest to having a solution. I am not accepting it, as it is not really a solution. :-) Thanks again, though!
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    • This pattern seems to be used for multiwindow. Hope this helps, I couldn't try myself because all my emulator images are failing with "IllegalStateException: enterPictureInPictureMode: Device doesn't support picture-in-picture mode"…

I had the same problem:

  • MainActivity opens VideoPlayerActivity which has PIP mode enabled.
  • Press the back button to go to the PIP mode.
  • Press back button again until I exit from MainActivity.
  • Press close (X) button on the PIP window.
  • Open application, It will open VideoPlayerActivity.

While none of the above solutions work for me, I found out that the only way to listen to X button is to override onStop.

When the activity is restored from PIP, onResume and onPictureInPictureModeChanged are called, when the X button is clicked, the onStop and onPictureInPictureModeChanged are called.

So I tried to call finish() inside onPictureInPictureModeChanged when the onStop is alreay called.

override fun onStop() {
    onStopCalled = true

override fun onResume() {
    onStopCalled = false

override fun onPictureInPictureModeChanged(isInPictureInPictureMode: Boolean, newConfig: Configuration) {
        if (isInPictureInPictureMode) {
            // ...
        } else {
            if (onStopCalled) {
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    • Is it guaranteed onStop method will be called beforeonPictureInPictureModeChanged ? Somehow, in some devices (with android 8 and 9), the onPictureInPictureModeChanged is called before onStop, preventing us to finish the activity. I have been struggling with this for days.

I don't think the activity can decide to leave Picture-in-picture mode.

From the Android O API preview doc:

The activity entering PIP mode goes into the paused state, but remains started. If the user taps the PIP activity, the system shows a menu for the user to interact with; no touch events reach the activity while it is in the PIP state.

The activity will be notified by onPictureInPictureModeChanged().

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Official documentation says PIP window comes up with menu which let you toggle to full screen.

The PIP window is 240x135 dp and is shown at the top-most layer in one of the four corners of the screen, chosen by the system. The user can bring up a PIP menu that lets them toggle the PIP window to full-screen, or close the PIP window, by holding down the Home button on the remote. If another video starts playing on the main screen, the PIP window is automatically closed.

And you can override PIP changed event to handle UI elements whenever the user toggles PIP mode.

link to onPictureInPictureModeChanged

public void onPictureInPictureModeChanged(boolean isInPictureInPictureMode) {
    if (isInPictureInPictureMode) {
        // Hide the controls in picture-in-picture mode.
    } else {
        // Restore the playback UI based on the playback status.
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    • That seems to be the instructions for TV. On an Android O phone (Nexus 5X), there is a close button, which destroys the activity. There is no remote. Long-pressing the window lets you move it. There does not appear to be a user-accessible means of restoring the activity to normal mode. And none of that indicates how I, programmatically, leave PiP mode, which is the core of this question. Thanks, though!

I've found a 100% reliable way to do this.

  1. Set the taskAffinity attribute for your PIP activity in the manifest to something like "com.package.pip". Doesn't matter what, it just has to be different from your package name which is the default task affinity. This will cause it to launch in a completely separate stack as if it were another app altogether.
  2. Whenever you want to exit PIP, launch it with startActivity(new Intent(this, PipActivity.class).addFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK)) from within another activity.

I just looked at what happens when the app's main activity is currently in PIP mode and you launch it from the launcher and thought that I could replicate this, and I indeed could.

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