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Applesthe upgrade included many exciting new features for iPhone users – , , and other identifiers in your Apple Wallet. But one of the most exciting new tricks that Apple presented in June at was a FaceTime feature called SharePlay, which allows iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to share screens – and streams – with each other for virtual sleepovers. SharePlay was not available in the initial version of iOS 15, but it is included in , which is now available.
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SharePlay is one of the biggest updates to FaceTime yet, making Apple a big contender for movies, listen to songs, and more, while making your FaceTime call. There are a few caveats (both parties should , and both parties should also be subscribed to any streaming services you share), but overall, SharePlay looks like it’s on its way to transforming video calling. Here’s how to set it up.and . You can use SharePlay to share your screen with friends to watch
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 12.1. 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 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.
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,and YouTube are some of the apps that don’t sync with SharePlay. Apple also notes that a subscription will be required for both parties in order to share streaming services (like HBO Max or Disney Plus) through SharePlay. , we put this to the test and verified that not only do both parties need a shared app subscription (if applicable), but also need to download the app itself on both devices.
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 new with curved edges and faster charging, the and a pair of . And here’s what you need to know about the if you are planning to buy the new phone.
Correction, September 21: A previous version of this article incorrectly said that SharePlay was included with the release of iOS 15. It was available in the beta version of the software.