Did you know that SharePlay on your iPhone lets you share great experiences on FaceTime?

Apple recently released iOS 15.1 and brought to iPhone, iPad and Mac a very interesting feature to make FaceTime more useful. We speak clearly on SharePlay. Do you already know this technology?

As many people have heard but are unaware of the power of this feature set, let’s review this new feature.


SharePlay makes FaceTime more useful

SharePlay, a powerful set of features for sharing experiences during a FaceTime call, introduced new ways for Apple users to stay connected.

So, if you already have your Apple device up to date, you can have SharePlay support on Apple TV +, Apple Music and Apple Fitness + – as well as on many other third-party applications such as TikTok, Twitch, etc.

With this tool, users will be able to watch movies and TV shows, listen to music or complete a workout with friends, all through a FaceTime connection.

SharePlay extends to Apple TV allowing users to use a larger screen in conjunction with FaceTime on iPhone or iPad.

But there is more. With screen sharing support, users can also browse the web together, view photos or show their friends something in a favorite app.

As mentioned, SharePlay became available with the release of iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1 and tvOS 15.1, and Apple says the features will come to the Mac later this fall.

Watch together

SharePlay sessions offer shared playback controls, so anyone on the FaceTime connection can play, pause, or fast forward while enjoying synced media content.

Therefore, we can stream movies and TV shows from our iPhone. This connection will be real-time which even allows you to stream live content.

listen together

If we previously talked about ver, Apple also allows us to listen to our musical themes and share with the group that is in that session of FaceTime.

Therefore, any user with iOS 15.1 on supported devices can bring songs, albums and playlists directly into the video conference call.

With Apple Music, users can listen to a new album as can users of other third-party apps, such as SoundCloud or TuneIn.

Practice healthy habits together

Well, if we talked about watching and listening to content together with one or more people through FaceTime, it is also true that this tool allows you to practice sports, for example, and be “sharing that experience” in real time.

As it has already arrived in Portugal, then we can already use SharePlay to exercise or meditate in a group with the Apple Fitness + platform.

FaceTime illustration with SharePlay

learn and have fun together

If we think about the possibilities that are now available, they are many and in many categories. So, with SharePlay, users can learn together despite the physical distance.

With these possibilities, programmers have introduced entirely new ways to enjoy the content of their applications.

For example, TikTok added a way for users to watch a unique collection of videos together. Attention fans can now play together even when they are not in the same venue.

Another example comes from the Apollo app for Reddit. Now users in a SharePlay session can easily browse their favorite subreddits in sync.

Screen sharing image through SharePlay

SharePlay lets you share the screen

One of the most interesting features added to SharePlay is that we can share the screen of our iPhone or iPad. It was something that other applications did for a long time, such as Zoom, Skype, among many others.

So, as we can see, the possibilities are endless. Users can show off photos of a recent adventure, browse the web together while collaborating on a project, or even remotely support a friend’s equipment.

Therefore, SharePlay is a novelty within the Apple ecosystem, but it is something that other applications and platforms did and that were very important in the pandemic. Apple has now brought this feature, which enriches its offering.


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