Our use of Apple’s video calling app has reached an all-time high since the pandemic. We use it for just about everything, from yoga classes to work meetings. Thankfully, Apple caught on to that and started optimizing it to do more.
One of our favorite new Facetime features is screen sharing. Unfortunately, not a lot of people know they can do that with Facetime and use third-party apps and programs instead.
So in this article, we’ll cover all you need to know about how to share screen on Facetime and how your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook behaves while doing so.
How to Share Screen on Facetime (iPhones & iPads)
Sharing your screen on iPhone or iPad is actually pretty straightforward once you know what to look for.
Before you start this, make sure you close any window or app that may have sensitive information or remove it from your desktop.
- Start a call: First, you’ll need to open the Facetime app and start a call with whomever you’d like to share your screen with.
- Tap to show the controls bar: Once all your participants join your Facetime session, tap on the screen, and the controls bar will appear at the top.
- Tap the Share Content button: On the right side, press the button that has an avatar in front of a rectangle. A button will pop down.
- Hit “Share My Screen”: Choose the “Share My Screen” option, and a 3-second countdown will start, then your screen will be shared on the Facetime call.
- End screen sharing session: To stop sharing your screen, you can either end the Facetime call or tap the screen share button again to end it.
If another person wants to share the screen instead of you, they should tap Share Content and then tap Replace Existing.
Also, beware that if you’re using an iPhone, your camera will be blurred, and your notifications will be muted for as long as you have screen sharing on.
Is Facetime Screen-Sharing on a MacBook Different?
The screen-sharing feature on MacBook is just as easy to use as it is on iPhones, but it’s more useful since you can share individual windows. Here’s how to do it:
- Start a new Facetime call.
- Click on Share Content from the toolbar at the top of your screen.
- Choose between Window or Screen.
- If you choose Window, open the app window you want to share and tap Share This Window.
- If you choose Screen, click anywhere and tap Share This Screen.
Just like with iPhones and iPads, notifications on your entire screen will be muted as long as your screen share is live. You can also stop sharing screens by tapping Stop Sharing through the menu bar.
What Are Facetime’s Screen Sharing Requirements?
First, you need a Facetime-compatible device, so Android and Windows Users won’t be able to use this feature since the application isn’t available to them.
As for Apple users, screen sharing is only possible when all the participants have MacOS Monterey 12.1 or later for MacBooks, iOS 15.1 or later for iPhones, and iPadOS 15.1 or later for iPads.
If your or any other participants’ device isn’t running iOS 15.1 or later, your screen share icon will be greyed out.
Sharing your screen on a Facetime call is pretty simple. All you need to do is navigate to the screen-sharing icon, and you’re good to go. However, beware that you need devices that run iOS/iPad 15.1 or later or MacOS Monterey 12.1 and later.