Thanks to the new SharePlay feature from Apple, users can now share their iPhone and iPad screen during FaceTime sessions so that they can enjoy films, music, and other media along with friends and family.
Now included in iOS 15.1, you can share content from Apple TV and Apple Music assuming both you and the person you FaceTime are subscribers. The feature currently supports YouTube video, HBO Max, Hulu, and Disney Plus (but not Netflix at the time being).
It can be presumed that the list of shareable apps will continue to expand, and it’s quite easy to use the new SharePlay feature, once you’ve installed iOS 15.1.
All you need to do is:
- Start a FaceTime session. Make sure whoever else is on the session also has iOS 15.1 installed.
- You should see a new icon on the upper right side of the screen that resembles a small figure in front of a screen. Tap on that.
- You’ll see a drop-down button that says “Share My Screen.” Tap on that and you’ll be sharing your screen with your friend.
If you want to switch to the other person’s screen, all they have to do is tap on their SharePlay icon. Another way to share an app is to simply go to that app during a FaceTime session and start it up. If SharePlay is possible, you will get a pop-up menu asking if you want to use SharePlay, or if you want to play the video or music only for you.
And at any time, you can go back to your FaceTime app, tap on the SharePlay icon, and select End SharePlay.