Apple’s New SharePlay: How to Share Screen on FaceTime with the New iOS 15


The new FaceTime feature lets you enjoy streaming TV, movies and music in a video chat.

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Apple’s new iOS 15 is here and it almost makes us feel like we’ve bought a brand new phone (speaking of which, the IPhone 13 is available for pre-order now). Apple’s latest software update includes many new features, including Focus mode, real-time weather alerts so you know when it starts to rain and facial recognition to safely store your driver’s license and other credentials in your Apple wallet. Pretty neat, eh?

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But iOS 15 comes with the biggest updates to FaceTime yet, making Apple a big contender for Zoom and Teleparty (formerly known as Netflix Party). SharePlay, one of the most talked about features of iOS 15, lets you share your screen with friends to watch movies, listen to songs, and more, all while making your FaceTime call. Video calling is taken to the next level without the extra apps and subscription fees. The SharePlay feature alone can make iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 worthwhile upgrades (here’s how download and install it).

Between screen sharing, call scheduling, background blur and The new compatibility of FaceTime with Android and Windows devices, iOS 15 is shaping up to be a pretty exciting upgrade (but you might still want to wait to install it). Want to try SharePlay for yourself? iPhone compatible iOS 15? This is how it works.

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How to use SharePlay to share your screen in FaceTime

Like Zoom, FaceTime will now allow you to share your screen with other people while on the call, so you can share more than just music and videos. Use cases suggested by Apple include planning a trip together, browsing Zillow with future roommates, showing a video game, or helping a friend with a tech issue by walking them through which parameters to modify. This feature will work on all Apple devices as well, which means you can share your Mac screen or your iPhone or iPad screen while on a call.

How to stream shows and movies with FaceTime

Organizing a night before in FaceTime is simple and intuitive with SharePlay. When you stream movies or TV shows with a friend, the content syncs across devices and gives both parties access to the controls. And you will continue to see and hear yourself picture in picture as you watch. Streaming services that have already partnered with Apple for SharePlay include Hulu, HBO Max, TikTok, and ESPN Plus.

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Apple has partnered with a number of streaming services to launch SharePlay.


To use SharePlay, both parties must use FaceTime on an Apple device that supports iOS 15, iPadOS 15 Where MacOS Monterey. Another cool feature of SharePlay is that you can stream to your Apple tv while maintaining the FaceTime call on your iPhone. That way, you don’t have to squint at a small screen with your friend’s face blocking the show.

Shared streaming video can be streamed from iPhone to Apple TV while using SharePlay in FaceTime.


Here’s how to set up SharePlay in FaceTime:

1. Start a FaceTime call.

2. Open a streaming app while connected to the call and choose a show or movie.

3. hurry To play, and both parties can watch the same stream at the same time.

How to listen to music with SharePlay

Using SharePlay to listen to a new album with a friend works the same as a night before. While sharing music, both parties will also have access to controls to pause, play or skip songs in SharePlay. And you can even contribute to shared playlists by adding songs to a queue in Apple Music.


Both parties can add songs to a shared queue in FaceTime.


Here’s how to share music with SharePlay:

1. Start a FaceTime call.

2. Open Apple Music and choose a song.

3. hurry To play, and the song will start playing on both devices at the same time.


Share music during a FaceTime call.


One downside: SharePlay’s subscription issue

Netflix, Spotify and YouTube are some of the apps that don’t sync with SharePlay. Apple also notes that a subscription may be required for both parties in order to share streaming services (like HBO Max or Disney +) through SharePlay. In our iOS 15 practical test, we put this to the test and verified that not only do both parties need a shared app subscription (if applicable), but they also need to have the app itself uploaded to both devices.

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So if your friend wants to share a TikTok video and you haven’t installed the TikTop app, you won’t be able to view the video on FaceTime. And until you get too excited, you also won’t be able to get around that by sharing your video feed through screen sharing rather than through the app itself.

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