Apple redesigned its FaceTime app to take on the other apps in the niche like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, etc as these apps got very popular in the Corona pandemic. One of the most prominent features was the ability to share your screen by using FaceTime. With this feature, you can share almost anything from your device’s screen like a web page, photo, or any other application.
Pre-Requisites to Share Screen on a FaceTime Call
To share the screen on FaceTime, you and everyone else on the FaceTime call, require a supported device as described below:
- An iPhone with iOS 15.1 or above
- An iPad with iPadOS 15.1 or above
- A Mac with macOS Monterey 12.1 or above
Keep in mind, that if screen sharing options are not shown during the FaceTime call, then make sure every participant has a compatible device. Also, do not confuse FaceTime screen sharing with SharePlay which is another iOS 15 feature that is used to stream subscription-based content if all the participants have an active subscription to that content.
Advantages of Using FaceTime Screen Sharing
Although FaceTime screen sharing might be used differently by different people, the following can be easily said as the main advantages of using the feature:
- Share images with another person
- Simultaneously watch videos with other callers
- Watch movies with friends (non-subscription based)
- Collaborate and work with colleagues
- To troubleshoot and help in troubleshooting
- To remotely present information to other people
Keep in mind that you cannot share content on FaceTime that requires a purchase or subscription, even with free trials (for that SharePlay is used). Also, a screen shared on an iPad or iPhone FaceTime call can be viewed easily on Mac or vice versa but there can be some screen resolution issues as the different devices may have different screen resolutions.
Moreover, the participants in a FaceTime call would not be able to see your notifications. A word of caution, be careful when using screen share if you have sensitive information on your screen that you do not want to share with other people.
Share Screen in a FaceTime Call on an iPhone or iPad
- Open FaceTime on your device (iPad or iPhone) and tap on New FaceTime.
- Now select the contacts that you want to share your screen with and tap on the FaceTime button.
- Once the call has been initiated and connected, near the top right of the screen, tap on the Screen Share icon.
- Now tap on Share My Screen and wait till the 3 seconds countdown finishes.
- Then your device’s screen will be shared with the call participants. You may have to tap on the Camera to enable it (if disabled after the start of screen share).
- Now swipe up on the screen to minimize the FaceTime call and navigate to the app you may want to share with the FaceTime callers.
- To return to the FaceTime call, simply tap on the caller’s icon in PiP (Picture-in-Picture mode) and to end screen sharing, tap on the Screen Share icon.
Share Screen in a FaceTime Call on a Mac
- Launch the FaceTime app on the Mac and connect the call with the people you want to share your Mac’s screen with.
- Now, in the menu bar, click on the FaceTime icon and select the Screen Sharing button.
- Then, to share a particular window, choose Window, move the mouse to the particular window, and click on Share This Window. To share the whole screen of the Mac, click on the Screen option in the FaceTime menu.
- Once done, the other FaceTime call participants will start seeing your screen or window (as per your choice).
- Once you are done with screen sharing, click on the FaceTime icon (in the Menu bar) and select Stop Screen Sharing.
- To disconnect the FaceTime call, click on the FaceTime icon and click on the Cross icon to close the FaceTime call.
Open a Shared Screen in a FaceTime Call
Once a screen is shared by someone, it is natively not shown to other users till the users open it. To do so:
- After joining a FaceTime call and a screen is shared by a FaceTime call participant, tap on Open (in front of Join Screen Sharing).
- Now the shared screen in the FaceTime call will be shown on your screen.
When viewing someone else’s screen on FaceTime, the participant’s name will be shown near the top-left and you may use buttons there to send the participant a message or share the screen with others.
Take Over Screen Sharing from Another Participant in a FaceTime Call
During a FaceTime call, you may want to share your device’s screen and take over the already shared screen. To do so:
- During the FaceTime call, tap on the Share Content button and select Share My Screen.
- Now tap on Replace Existing and your device’s screen will be shown to other participants.
FaceTime Screen Share for Windows and Android Users
Although Windows and Android users can participate (limited) in a FaceTime call through a browser but screen sharing feature of the FaceTime call and SharePlay is not supported on these devices.
We are hopeful, that this article will be helpful for you in understanding screen sharing on FaceTime and if you have any queries, do not hesitate to ask in the comments section.