How to use SharePlay on iPhone, iPad and Mac
SharePlay is a new FaceTime feature that lets you view and listen to movies, TV episodes, music, podcasts, and more while video chatting with friends and family.
The Apple TV, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, HBO Max, Disney Plus, Paramount Plus, TikTok, and Twitch are some popular SharePlay compatible apps. It is likely that more services will soon be added to this list.
Steps to use SharePlay on iPhone or iPad
Step 1: Ensure everyone on the call is at least running iOS 15 or iPadOS 15.
Step 2: Start a FaceTime call with everyone you wish to watch or listen with, either one-on-one or in a group call.
Step 3: Exit out of the FaceTime call (which will automatically transition to a picture-in-picture window) and open a SharePlay compatible app of your choice.
Step 4: After that, simply choose what you want to watch or listen to, and it will play for everyone.
Step 5: You can control a SharePlay broadcast by playing, pausing, and skipping around as you normally would. SharePlay maintains everyone’s streams in sync, so if one person takes a break to fetch something to eat, the movie will halt for everyone.
Step 6: Ending a broadcast may be done in one of two ways: for everyone on the SharePlay call, or just for you where you can exit but everyone else can continue to watch.
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Steps to use SharePlay on Mac
Step 1: Ensure that you have at least macOS Monterey installed on your device.
Step 2: Then, you’ll need to make a FaceTime call, run a compatible app, and play some material that everyone on the call can access, just as on iOS and iPadOS. Basically, refer to Steps 2-4 of the previous section.
Step 3: On a Mac, when you’re in a SharePlay session, a menu bar icon will allow you to access call controls. On the other hand, there’s a pop-over menu that appears on iOS and iPadOS.