Apple’s new SharePlay: Screen sharing on FaceTime with the new iOS 15


With the new FaceTime feature, you can experience streaming TV, movies and music in a video chat.

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Apple’s new iOS 15 is here and we almost feel like we’ve bought a brand new phone (of which the iPhone 13 is now available for pre-order). The latest software update from Apple includes many new features, including Focus mode, Real-time weather alerts so that you know when it starts to rain and Face recognition to keep your driver’s license safe and other IDs in your Apple Wallet. Pretty chic, isn’t it?

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But iOS 15 comes with the biggest updates to FaceTime to date, making Apple a big competitor for. power Zoom and Teleparty (formerly known as Netflix Party). One of the most talked about features of iOS 15, SharePlay allows you to share your screen with friends to watch movies, listen to songs, and more – all during your FaceTime call. It takes video calling to the next level with no additional apps and subscription fees. The SharePlay function alone can support iOS 15 and iPad 15 Upgrades worthwhile (this is how it works) download and install).

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Between Screen sharing, call scheduling, background blur and The new compatibility of FaceTime with Android and Windows devices, iOS 15 is turning into a pretty exciting upgrade (although you might still want to wait to install it). Would you like to try SharePlay yourself? iOS 15 enabled iPhone? This is how it works.

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How to use SharePlay to share your screen in FaceTime

As with Zoom, FaceTime now lets you share your screen with others during the call, so you can do more than just share music and videos. Use cases suggested by Apple include planning a trip together, browsing Zillow with future roommates, showing off a video game, or helping a friend with a technical problem by going through them which settings change. This feature works on Apple devices too, which means you can share your Mac screen or your iPhone or iPad screen in one call.

How to Stream Shows and Movies Using FaceTime

Hosting a watch party in FaceTime is easy and intuitive with SharePlay. When you stream a movie or TV show with a friend, content is synced across all of their devices and controls can be accessed by both parties. And you’ll still 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 be using FaceTime on an Apple device that supports. supports iOS 15, iPad 15 or MacOS Monterey. Another cool feature of SharePlay is that you can access your Apple TV while keeping the FaceTime call on your iPhone. That way, you don’t have to stare at a tiny screen while your friend’s face is blocking the show.

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


To set up SharePlay in FaceTime:

1. Start a FaceTime call.

2. While connected to the call, open a streaming app and select a show or movie.

3. Press game, 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 much like a watch party. When sharing music, both parties also have access to the 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.


To share music using SharePlay:

1. Start a FaceTime call.

2. Open Apple Music and choose a song.

3. Press game, and the song will be played back on both devices at the same time.


Share music in a FaceTime call.


One drawback: SharePlay’s subscription problem

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

Continue reading: The best new features in iOS 15

So if your friend wants to share a TikTok video using SharePlay and you don’t have the TikTop app installed, you won’t be able to see the video through FaceTime. And unless you get too excited, there’s no workaround by sharing your video stream using screen sharing instead of the app itself.

SharePlay isn’t the only thing Apple recently announced. Check out the new one Features of Apple Mapslike turn-by-turn directions that make it a lot easier to know where you are going. Apple also announced the new Apple Watch Series 7 with curved edges and faster charging. And here’s the latest on iPhone 13 series when you are thinking of buying the new phone.

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