With a redesigned FaceTime app, Apple has made it crystal clear that it wants to take on popular video-conferencing services such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Google Meet. And features like the ability to make FaceTime calls from iOS to Android, watch movies together with friends, and share screen give it some heavy ammunition against its rivals. Now, if you are curious to learn how to use Screen Share in FaceTime on iOS 15, follow this handy guide.
Use Screen Share in FaceTime on iPhone (June 2021)
Before getting started with the quick steps, let’s first understand how the new screen sharing feature in FaceTime works!
What is Screen Sharing and How Does It Work in FaceTime?
If you have tried video-conferencing apps like Google Meet and Zoom, you may already be familiar with screen sharing. It allows you to show your screen and let others watch your activity in real-time. It comes in handy during online presentations and meetings. Plus, the ability to share your screen saves you time and spares the effort of sending files, documents, or videos, making it a great asset in a world where virtual meetings have become the order of the day.
Thanks to a neat feature called “SharePlay”, FaceTime enables users to listen to music (via Apple Music), watch movies, and share their screen to view apps together. Apple has introduced SharePlay API in iOS 15 to let developers integrate this feature into their streaming apps. And that’s what makes SharePlay a sort of game-changer for FaceTime.
Can You Share Screen with Android and Windows Users During a FaceTime Call?
While Android and Windows users can receive FaceTime links and join meetings via the browser, they can’t do much more than that. In true Apple fashion, the video calling app has limited functionality on Android and Windows. Besides, SharePlay is designed to play only within the Apple ecosystem. That means you can unlock the full potential of SharePlay only if you have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
Since iOS 15 is still a work in progress, things could change by the time the latest iteration of iOS is released to everyone later this fall. We will update this guide if Apple makes any major changes to the feature. Till then, follow this guide to share your screen with other FaceTime users on iOS 15.
Note: The screen sharing feature in FaceTime isn’t working as intended in the first iOS 15 developer beta. We have given a brief idea of how to screen share on FaceTime but will be updating the article once Apple fixes it, hopefully with developer beta 2.
Share Your Screen Using FaceTime on iOS 15
- Launch FaceTime on your iOS device.
2. Now, tap on Create Link to generate a FaceTime meeting link. Then, tap on the “i” button and choose the “Share Link” option. After that, share the meeting link with your friends using text, email, iMessage, or WhatsApp. Then, start a FaceTime call.
Alternatively, you can tap on “New FaceTime”, enter the names of your friends you want to share your screen with, and then tap on “FaceTime” to start a video call.
3. During the FaceTime call, tap on the “Screen Share” button at the top right corner of the new controls panel.
4. Next, tap on “Share My Screen“. Your iOS 15 device will ask you for confirmation whether you want to share your screen with others on the call. Go ahead with it.
5. Next up, navigate to the app you want to screen share with your friends or family over FaceTime. That’s it.
Use FaceTime to Share Your Screen on iPhone and iPad
That’s it! Hopefully, you have got a good hang of how the screen sharing feature works on FaceTime. While I would prefer to have a full-fledged FaceTime web app, which enables anyone to use the video-calling app without any restriction, I’m pleased with Apple’s move to turn FaceTime into a feature-rich video conferencing tool. As I said above, the official rollout of the iOS 15 is still far away, so Apple might make adjustments to FaceTime to be more accessible for Android and Windows users.
So what do you have to say about the revamped FaceTime? Do you think it has the tools to be a preferred video-conferencing app for business and personal use? Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.