How to Share your Screen on FaceTime using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac
If you are making a Facetime call, you can let others see what's on your display. You can share everything, from a photo, or a webpage, to another app. Here's how to share screen on Facetime for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Sharing a screen requires your device to run iOS or iPadOS 15.1 or later or a Mac with MacOS monterey 12.1 or later.
What is SharePlay in FaceTime?
If you are unfamiliar with the feature, here is a brief explanation. SharePlay is a FaceTime feature that allows users to share experiences and activities.
Share Your SharePlay Integration Experiences
During a FaceTime call, you can listen to music or view movies and television shows together. Apple Music and Apple TV are, of course, at the forefront of this experience, but the list does not end here. Currently, SharePlay is compatible with a handful of other applications. SharePlay provides synchronized app playback on all connected devices for applications that support the feature.
So, even if you began playing the movie (for example) on the call, others can pause, play, or skip it, as well as utilize all other app options. And the video will be flawlessly synchronized on each participant's device for an experience unlike any other.
Users can watch and listen together using SharePlay in apps such as TikTok, NBA, Paramount+, MUBI, Showtime, Moon FM, Digital Concert Hall, etc.
You may also utilize SharePlay in apps like Flow, Kahoot!, Redfin Real Estate, Apollo for Reddit, and Fitness to browse a subreddit or a home together. By joining a FaceTime session, you may utilize the SharePlay integration to sketch, edit images and videos, play quizzes, and much more in real-time.
Although the selection of apps is now very restricted, additional apps will likely be introduced in the future as more developers use the API; Disney+ and Hulu are already in development.
Note: In order to utilize some of these apps with SharePlay, all participants must have a membership. If you are playing music from Apple Music, for instance, the other call participants must also have an Apple Music subscription in order to listen along.
Share Your Display During a FaceTime Call
In addition to the SharePlay connection integrated directly into the apps, you can also share your complete screen on FaceTime. Therefore, you may simply share your screen to share the content of other apps that lack SharePlay integration. Granted, other participants in the call will not have control over the content, but this capability is handy in a variety of other situations as well.
You can share online sites, see images, assist pals with technological issues, peruse shopping catalogs, and so on. Apps on the iPhone are your oyster!
The finest aspect is that you need not worry about your privacy. To protect sensitive information, when you share your screen, your alerts are not visible to anyone on the call.
How Does SharePlay App Integration Differ from Screen Sharing?
Screen sharing is distinct from sharing content from apps with SharePlay integration.
With SharePlay integration, all call participants have equal control over the broadcast. It is primarily collaborative. Sharing your screen, however, is standard screen sharing in which other call participants have no control over what you are displaying.
Another distinction is that other call participants do not require a subscription. They don't even need to have the application installed on their mobile device.
It can also be used to watch YouTube videos collectively. However, it is incompatible with Netflix and Disney+ because screen sharing is considered screen recording. Still, you can test it in other apps that don't support SharePlay integration yet to view content together; not all apps block the playback of material through screen sharing.
Other SharePlay Features
SharePlay also has a feature called Smart Volume that automatically reduces the volume of whatever is playing when a call participant begins speaking. It appears to work best with AirPods, but it's also compatible with device speakers and other devices.
iMessage Access: FaceTime controls now include an iMessage access point. Therefore, you can simply disable your camera and microphone and communicate using iMessage. If you want to focus on the information on the screen or need a restroom break during a marathon binge session, all you have to do is tap.
How to share screen on Facetime for iPhone and iPad
Before you share your screen on Facetime iOS 15
Before you may SharePlay anything during the call, you must ensure that you and everyone else on the call have iOS 15.1 installed. If there are participants in the call who are not using iOS 15.1, they will not see or be aware of any SharePlay activity.
Users must also subscribe to the app. If a user has iOS 15.1, but no membership, they will be able to observe you playing material via SharePlay. Additionally, they will see what content is being played, but they will be unable to see or hear it.
Now here's how:
1. Launch the FaceTime application and make a FaceTime call with another user.
2. Tap the Screen Sharing button in the toolbar that resembles a rectangle with a person in front of it once you're connected.
3. In the resulting pop-up, select Share My Screen.
4. In FaceTime for iPhone, tap the Share My Screen button and then pick Share My Screen.
5. FaceTime shrinks to a small window when screen sharing begins, allowing you to access apps as usual on your iPhone or iPad. The person on the other end of the call will be able to observe your screen activity (but they will not see the inset video window).
To cancel Facetime screen sharing:
1. Bring up the FaceTime toolbar again by pressing the video thumbnail and tapping the button again.
2. Tap the FaceTime screen sharing button to discontinue screen sharing.
3. Tap End when you are finished with the FaceTime call.
Both you and the person you wish to share your screen with must have iOS 15.1 or later (on iPhone), iPadOS 15.1 or later (on iPad), or macOS 12.1 or later (on Mac) (on Mac). FaceTime requires an Apple ID as well.
Note that you cannot share content from apps that require a membership or purchase. (Apple suggests instead utilizing SharePlay for this.)
How to Share Screen on FaceTime for Mac
1. Open the FaceTime application and make a call to share your Mac's screen. Once connected, click the FaceTime symbol in the menu bar at the top of the screen and select the screen sharing button, which resembles a rectangle with a person in the middle.
2. You will have the option to share a specific window or the entire screen as the menu expands. Click the choice you wish to employ.
3. FaceTime will prompt you to select the Window to share if you select Window. If you select Screen, the person on the other end of the conversation will view the complete desktop of your Mac.
Related: How to screenshot on Mac.
To stop sharing your screen:
1. Click the FaceTime icon (which now appears as the Screen Sharing icon) in your menu bar and select Stop Sharing Screen.
2. You can resume sharing your screen at any moment. When you are ready to end the call, reopen the FaceTime menu and select the red X icon.
So that's how to share screen on Facetime for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. If you have any trouble sharing your screen on Facetime, just leave a comment below and we will help you solve it.