Apple’s New SharePlay: How Screen Sharing Works on FaceTime in iOS 15
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Apple’s newis here and it almost makes us feel like we’ve bought a brand new phone (speaking of which, the ). Apple’s latest software update includes many new features, including , so you know when it starts to rain, and and other identifiers 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 forand . 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, which we played with during the beta of iOS 15 but is not yet available in the public version of iOS 15, can make iOS 15 and gets even better when added (here’s how ).
Betweenand , iOS 15 is shaping up to be a pretty exciting upgrade ( ).
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How to use SharePlay to share your screen in FaceTime
Like Zoom, FaceTime will let you share your screen with other people while on the call when SharePlay is available, 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. This feature will also work on all Apple devices, 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.
To use SharePlay, both parties must use FaceTime on an Apple device that supports, Where . Another cool feature of SharePlay is that you can stream to your 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.
Here’s how to set up SharePlay in FaceTime:
1. Start a FaceTime call.
2. Open a streaming app when 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.
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.
One downside: SharePlay’s subscription issue
Netflix, 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.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 Plus) through SharePlay. In our
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.
SharePlay is not the only thing. Discover the new , such as step-by-step instructions that make it easier to know where you are going. Apple also announced the with curved edges and faster charging. And here is the last one on the if you are planning to buy the new phone.