How to Play Music on FaceTime with Your iPhone or iPad

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FaceTime just received a major upgrade with the Apple SharePlay feature, which was released with iOS 15.1. You may be wondering, what is SharePlay? This feature allows you to play movies and share music on your FaceTime calls. We'll show you how to play music on FaceTime calls with SharePlay.

Related: FaceTime Not Working? 10 Ways to Fix It in iOS 15

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Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Share your most-loved albums with friends and family during FaceTime calls. 
  • Stay connected even at a distance by hosting a virtual DJ party or creating a music-themed date night.

How to Play Music While on FaceTime Calls

To use Apple SharePlay, all people on your FaceTime call will need to have an iPhone or iPad and have updated their software to iOS 15.1 or iPadOS 15.1. They will also need to be subscribed to a supported music streaming service, such as Apple Music. At this time, Spotify and YouTube are not supported for SharePlay. If you want to learn more about Spotify, check out our article on how to turn off shuffle. But to play Apple Music with SharePlay, first you'll need to start a FaceTime call, then follow the steps below: 

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the FaceTime screen to return to your Home screen.

  2. Select a supported music streaming service. 

  3. Tap a song or album. 

  4. Tap SharePlay

  5. The other people on the call will see a menu appear, and they will need to tap Join SharePlay

The song or album you've selected will begin playing for all people on the call who accept your invitation. If more than one person is interested in adding songs, you can also create a shared playlist together.

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Ashleigh Page

Ashleigh Page is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. A longtime Apple enthusiast with a Bachelor's in English and Computer Science and three years of experience writing about tech, Ashleigh has written and tested hundreds of articles about devices and features within Apple's ecosystem. She specializes in iPhone, iPad, AirPods, and Mac content and has authored a 60-page in-depth guide about the Apple Maps app. Based in North Carolina, Ashleigh is often crafting whimsical (and sometimes nonsensical) short stories and hiking when she's not working.