3 New Things to Do on FaceTime with SharePlay

iOS 15 (currently in beta and available to the public in fall 2021) brings with it many FaceTime updates, including SharePlay, which gives you the ability to FaceTime screen share, watch movies or TV shows, and stream music with family and friends. In this article, we'll go over how to do all three, so you can get more from your FaceTime experience.

Related: How to Screen Record with Audio on an iPhone & iPad

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How to Share Screen on FaceTime with SharePlay

Now, you can share your screen over FaceTime, so anyone on FaceTime with you can see what's happening on your iPhone. Maybe you want to show your friend or family member how to do something on their iPhone, or maybe you just want to flip through a favorite photo album together. To learn more ways to share experiences over your iPhone, sign up for our Tip of the Day newsletter. For now, here's how to share your screen with SharePlay:

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  1. Open the FaceTime app.

    Open FaceTime
  2. Tap New FaceTime.

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

    Plus icon
  4. Select a contact from the list.

    Find contact
  5. Tap FaceTime in the contact card.

  6. 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.

    Screen share icon
  8. Tap Share My Screen.

    Share your screen
  9. Now others on the FaceTime call can see your screen.

    Sharing your screen
  10. Swipe up to minimize the FaceTime call.

    Swipe up
  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.

    See you're screen sharing
  12. Tap on the tile with your friend's face to return to the FaceTime call.

    Open FaceTime
  13. Tap the screen share icon again to stop sharing your screen.

    Stop screen share
  14. You'll see confirmation that your screen is no longer being shared.

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

    Camera icon

Pro Tip: Sharing your screen on iPhone via FaceTime is a great way to help friends and family troubleshoot tech issues. You can also use it to watch movies together and more!

How to Watch a Movie on FaceTime with SharePlay

At WWDC 2021, Apple announced that SharePlay will work with Disney Plus, Hulu, HBO Max, ESPN Plus, the NBA app, Twitch, TikTok, MasterClass, Paramount Plus, and Pluto TV. More streaming platforms may join the SharePlay lineup soon, as Apple has released a SharePlay API for developers to bring their apps to FaceTime. Here, we'll show you how to use SharePlay to stream an Apple TV Plus show with your friends and family.

Before you begin, make sure that you and the person or people you'll be FaceTiming all have Apple TV Plus subscriptions and are iPhone users running iOS 15.

  1. Follow steps 1-6 from the above section to start a FaceTime call.
  2. Once your FaceTime has started, swipe up on your screen to minimize the FaceTime app.

    Swipe up
  3. Open the Apple TV Plus app.

    Apple TV app
  4. Find the show or movie you'd like to watch, and play it.

    Play episode
  5. You will get a notification that the video has started playing for those on FaceTime and see a green SharePlay icon in the top, right corner.

    SharePlay icon and notification
  6. Anyone on FaceTime can play, pause, rewind, fast forward, or stop the video.

    Others can control playback
  7. When you close out of the video, you can choose whether to end playback for everyone or only for you.

    End for everyone or only me

Happy watching!

Share Music on FaceTime with Apple Music & SharePlay

If you want to play music for your friends and create playlists your friends can add to in FaceTime, you can do that with SharePlay and Apple Music. Before you begin, check that you and all the contacts you'll be FaceTiming with are iPhone users with iOS 15 running and have active Apple Music subscriptions. You can also use SharePlay in Messages. Here's how to SharePlay music over FaceTime:

  1. Follow steps 1-6 from the first section of this article.
  2. Once your FaceTime has started, swipe up on your screen to minimize the FaceTime app.

    Swipe up
  3. Open the Apple Music app.

    Open Apple Music
  4. Find the song you'd like to play and tap on it.

    SharePlay song
  5. The song will start playing for everyone on the FaceTime call.

    SharePlaying music
  6. When you select another song, you'll see a notification like this. Select whether you'd like to Play Now, Play Next, or Play Last (once the rest of the queue has already played).

    Play now, play next, or play last

Anyone on the FaceTime call can play, pause, skip, or add songs to the queue as they normally would in Apple Music.

Now you know how to watch a movie on FaceTime, how to FaceTime screen share, and how to play music over FaceTime, all with the new iOS 15 SharePlay features. Now, why not upgrade your FaceTime experience with Wide Spectrum Audio or learn how to invite your friends to a scheduled FaceTime call with the Calendar app?

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Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, they have six years of experience writing about technology for everyday users, specializing in iPhones, HomePods, and Apple TV. As a former college writing instructor, they are passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why they love helping readers master the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. They have a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When they’re not writing for iPhone Life, they’re reading about maritime disasters, writing fiction, rock climbing, or walking their adorable dog, Moosh.