Picture-in-picture is a great feature for multi-taskers because it allows you to watch multiple screens on your TV. You probably already browse or watch more than one website, app, show, or movie at once using multiple devices, but picture-in-picture allows your TV to carry more of the weight. So, do Insignia TVs have picture-in-picture?
The Insignia 4K Smart Fire TV has PIP (picture-in-picture) capability with Ring doorbell cameras and other brands of home security cameras. This model is the only Insignia TV capable of PIP because it is a feature recently added by Amazon to some of their Fire TV models.
If you have a Ring doorbell or other home surveillance system, the PIP feature on select Fire TV products makes monitoring your security cameras easier than ever. This article will help you identify if your TV is PIP capable and teach you how to utilize this feature easily.
Which Products Have PIP?
The following Fire TV editions have PIP compatible with Ring and other security cameras:
- Fire TV Cube (streaming device)
- Fire TV Stick 4K Max (streaming device)
- Fire TV Omni Series and the Fire TV 4-Series
- Toshiba 4K Fire TV
- Insignia 4K Fire TV
The Fire TV Cube and Fire TV Stick 4K Max are streaming devices that connect to a TV, while the other products are TVs themselves. If you have any of the above Fire TV products, you can link your home security system to your TV to utilize your PIP features.
Which Smart Home Brands are Compatible with Fire TV PIP?
Ring is the only video doorbell brand that can be used with PIP; however, a few brands of regular home security cameras are also compatible. Compatible brands include:
Some other brands can work as well; however, home security brands not listed above may or may not be compatible with the PIP feature on your Fire TV. To make sure, you should check the product description on other cameras before buying.
How To Use PIP on Insignia TV
Once your smart home cameras are installed, setting up and using the PIP feature on your Insignia TV is easy. First, you’ll need to link your cameras to your TV using your TV’s Alexa app.
How To Link Smart Cameras to Insignia TV
Before attempting to link your cameras to your TV, ensure that your smart home cameras are connected to your home’s Wi-Fi network. If you have multiple cameras, make sure that you give them clear names, e.g., “front door” or “driveway.” Then, follow these steps on your Insignia TV:
- Open the Alexa app
- Click “More”
- Click “Add a Device”
- Select “Camera”
- Choose your camera brand and follow the instructions on the screen
After completing these steps, you’ll be able to see your camera’s feed on your TV.
Navigating Smart Camera PIP on TV
Picture-in-picture will only pop up automatically if you receive a notification from a Ring Video Doorbell. Otherwise, you can control your camera feed using your TV’s voice command feature. You can say things like:
- “Show front door camera.”
- “Show back door camera.”
- “Switch to full screen.”
- “Minimize to picture-in-picture.”
- “End picture-in-picture”
Now you can easily view your smart camera’s live feed on your Insignia TV, and the PIP feature allows you to monitor your home without missing out on your favorite shows.
Find Which Model Insignia TV You Have
If you’re unsure if your Insignia TV has picture-in-picture, the model number is all you need. The model number is 10-14 digits (letters and numbers) starting with “NS-” and can be found printed on a label on the back of your TV. You can also find your model number by following these steps:
- Press the “menu” button on the remote that came with your TV
- Select the “?” icon
- Scroll down and select “System Info.”
- Locate the model number on this page.
You can enter your model number into any search engine to find what model your Insignia TV is. If it is a 4K Smart Fire TV, it should have PIP.
If you’re struggling to find out your model number, there are some other ways you can check.
If you find that your Insignia TV doesn’t have picture-in-picture, don’t panic! The Fire TV Cube and Fire TV Stick 4K Max (mentioned in the list of devices above) can be connected to your TV to give you the same ability to use PIP with your smart home cameras.
Insignia 4K Smart Fire TVs (and other Fire TV products) have PIP for smart home security cameras like Ring and Nest. If your products are compatible, the guidelines in this article make it easy to set up and start using PIP to monitor your home on your Insignia TV.
However, picture-in-picture is perhaps an underutilized feature in most of today’s TVs, with few options available as far as which apps, websites, and devices can be viewed simultaneously.