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Apple rolled out a big FaceTime update with the release of iOS 15 to better compete with Zoom and other video calling services that exploded later in 2020. As part of this update, a feature called SharePlay was introduced with iOS 15.1, which basically turns FaceTime into a watch party service. Here is everything you need to know about SharePlay.

When you’re on a FaceTime call, SharePlay lets you bring music to your call for a shared listening experience, watch movies and TV shows synced with your friends while having real-time conversations and sharing your screen. It comes with iOS 15.1 and it also works with third-party apps like TikTok, so you can bring all kinds of content to your FaceTime calls.

SharePlay was added to the FaceTime app with iOS 15.1; It wasn’t quite finished when iOS 15 was first released in September 2021. Thanks to the MacOS Monterey 12.1 software update, it’s now available for Mac as well.

There are basically three things you can do with SharePlay: listen together, watch together, and share your screen. Although this guide focuses on how SharePlay works from an iPhone, Mac owners can also use the feature to watch TV, listen to music, and play games with friends via FaceTime.

How to use SharePlay on iPhone and iPad

  • Make sure you have updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS 15.1 (SharePlay is coming later this fall to macOS Monterey)
  • Initiate a FaceTime call (must also be running iOS 15.1)
  • Once connected, you can navigate to the Apple Music or TV app
    • When you play music or video, it will be shared automatically with SharePlay
    • But the other person will have to accept the request to share screen / SharePlay
  • After initiating a FaceTime call, you can also tap the “rectangle + person” icon to share the entire screen, including third-party content and apps.
  • To end SharePlay or screen sharing, tap the icon on the top left of your iPhone, tap the SharePlay icon, then End SharePlay / Screen Share

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James Hogan
James Hogan
James Hogan is a senior staff writer at Bollyinside, where he has been covering various topics, including laptops, gaming gear, keyboards, storage, and more. During that period, they evaluated hundreds of laptops and thousands of accessories and built a collection of entirely too many mechanical keyboards for their own use.

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