The iOS 15.1 update brought with it new features and improvements to several apps, including FaceTime. One of the best new features of the update was SharePlay, which allows users to share videos, photos, and other media with friends and family over FaceTime. Learn how to use SharePlay with FaceTime in this guide to sharing content over FaceTime with SharePlay in iOS 15.1.
What is SharePlay?
SharePlay is a new feature in iOS 15.1 that lets you share content with friends and family over FaceTime. With SharePlay, you can share your screen, photos, music, and more with the people you’re talking to on FaceTime. Here’s how to use it -Open up the app you want to share with someone
-Invite them by clicking Invite or their contact icon
-When they answer, click Share Play
-Pick who you want to share with (you’ll need an Apple ID for this)
-Your friend will be able to take control of your device when they receive the invitation -If they don’t have an Apple ID, they’ll be prompted to create one during setup
-You’ll see a preview window on both ends so you know what the other person sees
-To stop sharing, just press the red button on either side of the screen
-On iOS devices, there are two different ways to get back into full-screen mode: tap the arrow in the top left corner of the screen or tap Home
-On Macs, if you want to go back into full-screen mode, press Command+F3 -SharePlay works on any iOS device running iOS 15.1 or later and any Mac running macOS 10.14 Mojave
-SharePlay supports video and audio calls only, not FaceTime Audio Calls -Sharing happens automatically once you accept a call
-The way SharePlay handles keyboard input depends on the input type: if it’s text input, whoever started the call controls the keyboard; if it’s audio input, whoever started the call controls playback; and if it’s video input, whoever has control of the mouse cursor controls playback.
How Does it Work?
To use SharePlay, you first need to make sure you’re running iOS 15.1 or later on your iPhone. Then, open the FaceTime app and start a call with the person you want to share content with. Once the call is connected, tap on the … button in the bottom left corner of the screen. From there, select SharePlay from the menu that appears. The other user will see a prompt asking if they want to accept the invitation to share their screen.
If they do, they’ll be able to watch what’s happening on your end of the call as if it were their own device. The sender can also control what’s being shared using an arrow icon at the top right corner of the chat window. Tap on this to toggle between controlling the video, audio, both video and audio, or no sharing at all. You can also use the arrows at the top of the screen to go back to the previous screen, take a screenshot of what’s currently being shown, or close out of SharePlay altogether.
If you don’t have iOS 15.1 yet and would like to share screens while on a FaceTime call, then follow these steps:
(1) Go into Settings
(2) Scroll down and select FaceTime
(3) Turn on Group Calls, which will allow users to invite others into their chats without leaving the app. Users must be running iOS 12 or later for Group Calls to work correctly.
(4) To add people who are not currently in your contacts list, either go through the Invite People tab or enter a phone number manually.
(5) Once those steps are complete, any new calls that you initiate within the FaceTime app will automatically become group calls. When inviting people over FaceTime Audio Chat, they must answer immediately or else they won’t be able to hear anyone on the call.
Top Questions When Sharing Video Over FaceTime
-What video quality should I use?
-What’s the best way to position my camera?
-How do I turn off notifications during a call?
-Can more than two people use SharePlay at once?
-What types of content can I share with SharePlay?
-How do I start using SharePlay?
-Where can I find more information about using SharePlay? -If you want to change your recording quality, you’ll need to switch your device settings to High Quality (480p). You can find this option under Settings > FaceTime. Just scroll down and look for Recording Video. Next, click on the default setting and then select ‘High Quality’ or 480p. That’s it!
Now when you record or playback your FaceTime call on another device it will be in high-quality so that everyone will be able to see what is happening on your screen clearly! If you want to make sure all your friends are on board, just tap the + sign next to their name in Contacts and they’ll automatically get an invitation. The invited friend will receive a notification asking them if they would like to join your call or not. It might take some time before they reply though so be patient!
Troubleshooting Tips for iOS 15.1’s New Features
If you’re having trouble with any of the new features in iOS 15.1, here are some troubleshooting tips to help you out. We will be adding more posts that detail these problems and their solutions soon! Stay tuned for updates on this blog post or follow us on social media. In the meantime, if you have any feedback or requests for future topics we should cover, let us know below!
It can be difficult trying to talk over a video call while also showing your screen to someone else. Apple’s latest update has a feature called SharePlay which lets users share content over FaceTime with other people who use iOS devices. To enable it, make sure your device is running iOS 15.1, then go into Settings > Videos & Camera > Video Calls > Enable Contacts Who Use Screen Sharing (iOS 12).
You’ll see an option for sharing your content over FaceTime when starting a video call with anyone using the same operating system as you are. When you turn on Contacts Who Use Screen Sharing, a new window will pop up asking which contact you want to share your screen with.
You’ll be able to see what they’re doing at all times during the call, so be careful not to show anything private. The person being shared with will have no control over what’s shown on their screen unless they have access to your device, so be mindful of sensitive information before sharing it!
The Bottom Line
Apple’s new SharePlay feature in iOS 15.1 lets you share content with friends and family over FaceTime. You can share photos, videos, music, and more with anyone on a FaceTime call, and they can view, listen to, or watch the content along with you. Here’s how to use SharePlay to share content over FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad.
1) Open up the App Store app on your device.
2) Search for FaceTime in the search bar at the top of the screen.
3) Scroll down and tap Install.
4) Wait for it to download and install before tapping Open.
5) Make sure that FaceTime is open before proceeding to step 6.
6) Tap FaceTime at the bottom of your screen to start a call with someone using FaceTime or send them an invitation via iMessage or email if they don’t have FaceTime installed yet.
7) Select who you want to FaceTime with by scrolling through your list of contacts.
8) Once they answer the call, choose whether you want to do a one-on-one chat or conference chat where both parties are visible.
9) Swipe up from the bottom of your screen while in the conversation window and select Share Play which will appear as a green button towards the right side of your display
10) Select what content you want to share (Photos, Videos, Music), who you want to share it with (the person on the other end), and then swipe up again
11). Click Done when finished