How to Screen Share on iPhone via FaceTime

Learn how to screen share on iOS 15 via FaceTime to help loved ones troubleshoot technical issues and to stream content together using SharePlay.

Can you screen share on FaceTime is s question we are asked frequently, and until the iOS 15 update, the answer was “no.” This new iOS 15 feature is built in to the FaceTime app and requires no set up. Let me show you how it makes screen sharing via FaceTime a breeze!

How to Screen Share iPhone to iPhone via FaceTime

People have always wondered, “can you screen share on Facetime?” Until the iOS 15 update, there wasn’t a built-in screen sharing option for FaceTime. Need to share a computer with a family member or coworker in addition to sharing your screen on FaceTime? We have an article that covers how to add another user to your Mac because we know sharing is important. This is how to use SharePlay to screen share via FaceTime:

  1. Open the FaceTime app.

    Open FaceTime - ios 15 screen share
     
  2. Tap New FaceTime.

    Tap New FaceTime - screenshare on iphone
     
  3. Select a contact from the Suggested list or tap the add icon to add a different contact.

    Select a contact from the Suggested list or tap the add icon to add a different contact.
     
  4. Select a contact from the list.

    Select a contact from the list - screen share ios
     
  5. Tap FaceTime in the contact card.

    Tap FaceTime in the contact card.
     
  6. When you've added everyone you'd like to include on the FaceTime call, tap FaceTime.

    When you've added everyone you'd like to include on the FaceTime call, tap FaceTime.
     
  7. Once your friends have joined, you should see a bar at the top of the screen. Tap the screen share icon.

    Tap the screen share icon.
     
  8. Tap Share My Screen; there will be a three-second countdown until your screen starts being shared. Your notifications will be off during screen sharing.

    Tap Share My Screen;
     
  9. Now others on the FaceTime call can see your screen.

    Now others on the FaceTime call can see your screen.
     
  10. Swipe up to minimize the FaceTime call.

    Swipe up to minimize the FaceTime call.
     
  11. Now you can do whatever you need to do on your iPhone, and others in the FaceTime call will be able to see what you're doing. The purple screen share icon in the top left corner of your screen indicates that you are screen sharing.

    The purple screen share icon in the top left corner of your screen indicates that you are screen sharing.
     
  12. Tap on the tile with your friend's face to return to the FaceTime call.

    Tap on the tile with your friend's face to return to the FaceTime call.
     
  13. Tap the screen share icon again to stop sharing your screen.

    Tap the screen share icon again to stop sharing your screen - how to turn on airplay on iphone
     
  14. When you share your screen, your camera may turn off. To turn your camera back on, tap on the camera icon.

    When you share your screen, your camera may turn off. To turn your camera back on, tap on the camera icon.

Now you know how to SharePlay to screen share, and how to turn off screen sharing once you no longer want to share your screen. You can learn how to use SharePlay on iPhone to do even more. To discover other ways to screen share among your Apple devices, like how to mirror an iPhone to a TV, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter! Next, learn how to screen share on Mac and give remote control to others.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.