How to (Finally) Use SharePlay to Watch Videos Together on FaceTime

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Apple’s SharePlay was 1 of the features that didn’t marque it to the last iOS 15 release. But now, with iOS 15.1, it’s retired for each iPhone and iPad users (macOS Monterey volition person the update aboriginal successful the Fall).

And it lives up to the hype. Similar to Netflix Watch Party, SharePlay is Apple’s screen, media, and app sharing diagnostic for FaceTime. The diagnostic adjacent extends to third-party apps—for example, utilizing the Apollo app, you tin browse Reddit with your friends, watching GIFs and highlighting comments arsenic you spell along.

Using SharePlay, you tin play euphony and movies, and everyone successful the telephone tin ticker and power the playback. You tin yet stock your surface connected a FaceTime telephone arsenic well. Here’s however it each works.

How to stock your iPhone oregon iPad surface utilizing SharePlay connected FaceTime

Before you get started, marque definite that your iPhone oregon iPad is updated to iOS 15.1. The aforesaid goes for the radical you’re calling.

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Then, conscionable spot a FaceTime audio oregon video telephone arsenic you usually would. You’ll spot a caller banner power sheet astatine the apical during the call. Tap the past SharePlay icon (it looks similar a rectangle with a idiosyncratic icon), and take the “Share My Screen” option.

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The different enactment volition get a notification asking if they privation to articulation the surface sharing. Once they pat the “Open” button, they’ll spot what’s connected your screen. When you privation to extremity the screen-sharing, spell backmost to the FaceTime controls (tap the purple SharePlay icon from the top-left country if you don’t spot it), take the SharePlay button, and pat the “End SharePlay” button.

How to stock euphony oregon videos utilizing SharePlay connected FaceTime

Sharing euphony oregon media implicit SharePlay connected a FaceTime telephone is adjacent easier; successful fact, there’s nary fastener for it astatine all. After starting the FaceTime call, conscionable unfastened the app wherever you privation to stock the media. If the app supports the SharePlay diagnostic (currently lone connected Apple’s apps and a fistful of third-party apps similar Showtime), you’ll spot a banner notification saying “Choose Content to Use SharePlay.”

Once you prime the content, the app volition inquire you if you privation to play the contented connected SharePlay, oregon conscionable for you. Tap the SharePlay button. The contented volition play for each users, and everyone volition beryllium capable to play, pause, and question done the content. Apple has done a truly bully occupation keeping this successful sync, truthful there’s virtually nary lag.

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On the different end, the idiosyncratic volition spot the enactment to articulation SharePlay. Once they pat the “Open” button, they’ll spot a confirmation popup. After they pat the “Join SharePlay” button, you’re bully to go.

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Once you o.k. an app, it volition beryllium added to the “SharePlay Automatically” list. The adjacent clip you spell to the app and commencement playing something, you won’t spot the support popup, and the contented volition play automatically for each users. You tin disable that if you privation by going to the FaceTime power panel. Tap the SharePlay button, and erstwhile the app is open, power to the “Ask Next Time” option. When you’re done streaming, take the “End SharePlay” enactment from the SharePlay fastener to halt sharing the media.