SharePlay turns FaceTime into a worthy Zoom competitor with a watch party app and screen sharing.
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Apple has announced some big changes in itsvideo chat app Main this week. will come with upgrade , which is and will receive a public beta in July with a wider beta , when Hope to come too. One of FaceTime’s most popular features, called SharePlay, enables iPhone users to host virtual Watch parties, share their screens, and more, all within a FaceTime video call.
With SharePlay, you can stream the same movie or TV show to your friends as you can), but a . with the added benefit of Video chat courtesy of FaceTime. Teleparty and many other Watch Party apps only enable synchronized video streaming and an instant messaging component. And you can also use SharePlay to share music (virtual dance parties, anyone?) or to share your entire iPhone screen.
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Watch Simultaneously: How to Use FaceTime SharePlay for TV or Movie Streaming
Doing a watch party in FaceTime is actually really simple and intuitive with SharePlay. When you stream a movie or TV show with friends, the content will sync across devices and allow both parties access to the controls. And you’ll still see and hear each other picture-in-picture when you watch. Streaming services that have already partnered with Apple for SharePlay include Hulu, HBO Max, TikTok and ESPN Plus.
To use SharePlay, both parties need to be using FaceTime on an Apple device that supports, or . Another great feature of SharePlay is that you can cast on your While maintaining a FaceTime call on your iPhone. That way you’re not sneaking up on a small screen with your friend blocking the show from your face.
How to set it up in FaceTime:
1. Start a FaceTime call with a friend.
2. Open a streaming app and select a show or movie.
3. press sport, and both parties can watch the same stream at once.
Listen Together: How to Use FaceTime SharePlay for Music
Using SharePlay to listen to a new album with friends works the same way as Watch Party. When sharing music, both parties will have access to controls to pause, play or skip songs in SharePlay. And you can also contribute to shared playlists by adding songs to a queue within Apple Music.
Here’s how to share music with SharePlay:
1. Start a FaceTime call with a friend.
2. Open Apple Music and select a song.
3. press sport, and the song will start playing from both devices at the same time.
Share Your Screen: How to Use SharePlay to Share Your iPhone Screen or Apps in FaceTime
Like Zoom, FaceTime will now let you share your screen with others on a call, so you can share more than just music and videos. Apple’s suggested use cases include planning a trip together, browsing Zillow with future roommates, showing a video game, or helping a friend walk in with a technical problem.. The feature will also work on Apple devices, which means you can share your Mac screen or iPhone or iPad screen in a call.
One drawback of FaceTime SharePlay: Streaming subscription issue
Netflix was notably absent from the list of partners referenced in Apple’s WWDC keynote, and so was Amazon Prime Video and. And Apple notes that sharing streaming services may require a subscription from both parties, such as HBO Max via SharePlay, for example. It’s not yet clear whether you can prevent this by sharing your video stream via screen-share instead of the app, or if services like Netflix, which hasn’t struck an official deal with Apple, are still available for Shareplay Maybe with a less optimized user experience.
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