How to Share a Board on Freeform on iPad for Collaboration (iPadOS 16)

Freeform is great for creative projects and planning. Here's how to share a Freeform board on the iPad.

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In Freeform, Apple lets you create boards with words, images, scribbles, and more. If you have collaborators using iPadOS 16.2, iOS 16.2, or later, you can share the Freeform board with them and they will be able to contribute. Let's learn how to share a Freeform board on iPad.

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Easily share a board in the Apple Freeform app.
  • Let others view, edit, and contribute to group projects and ideas.
  • Get even more familiar with Apple's newest creativity tool.

How to Share a Board in Freeform on iPad

Sharing a board in Freeform on your iPad has two requirements: first, you must ensure the person you share the board with is running iPadOS 16.2 or iOS 16.2 or later. Second, you need to turn on iCloud for Freeform. Then, just open the board, tap the Share icon, and you're good to go! For more ways to stay on top of the new features Apple is always rolling out, check out our Tip of the Day.

  1. In your Settings app, tap your name at the top.

    In Settings tap your name
  2. Tap iCloud.

    Tap iCloud
  3. Under Apps Using iCloud, tap Show All.

    Tap Show All
  4. Scroll down and toggle on Freeform. The slider should be to the right and the bar should be green. If the slider is gray, as shown below, it is not toggled on.

    Toggle on Freeform
  5. Next, from your Home Screen or App Library, open your Freeform app.

    Open Apple Freeform app
  6. Tap on the board you want to share.

    tap the freeform ipad board you want to share
  7. Tap the Share icon at the top.

    tap the share button
  8. Select how you want to share it. For this example, I am sharing it through the Messages app. Remember, you'll need to share this will someone who also has iPadOS 16.2 or later in order for them to be able to collaborate with you.

    tap who you want to share the freeform board with
  9. Tap Send.

    tap send

And there you have it! The other person will get a notification that you want to share the board, and if they have iPadOS 16.2 or later, they will be able to collaborate.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.