Move over, Netflix Party. Apple’s FaceTime watch party is coming. How you’ll use it


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 its face time video chat app WWDC 21 Main this week. will come with upgrade iOS 15, which is Available now as developer beta and will receive a public beta in July with a wider beta public release ever this fall, when iphone 13 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 Teleparty (formerly known as Netflix Party)), but a . with the added benefit of picture in Picture 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.

Here’s How To Use Watch Party Apps For It Hulu, Disney Plus, amazon prime, Netflix and sling tv.

in between Screen Sharing, Call Scheduling, Background Blurring and FaceTime’s new compatibility with Android and Windows devices, looks like Apple is coming with not only after party apps, but zoom Too. Want to try SharePlay on my own iOS 15-enabled iPhone? See here how it works.

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.

Apple has partnered with several streaming services for the launch of SharePlay.

To use SharePlay, both parties need to be using FaceTime on an Apple device that supports iOS 15, iPad 15 or MacOS Monterey. Another great feature of SharePlay is that you can cast on your Apple TV 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.

Shared streaming video can be cast from iPhone to Apple TV when using SharePlay in FaceTime.

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.

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Both parties can add songs to the shared queue in FaceTime.

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.

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Sharing music in FaceTime calls.

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. which setting to change. The feature will also work on Apple devices, which means you can share your Mac screen or iPhone or iPad screen in a call.

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Screen sharing in FaceTime with Apple’s SharePlay.

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 Spotify. 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.

SharePlay isn’t the only one announced by Apple at WWDC 2021. check out All the new features coming to iOS 15, including upgrades to Apple Maps and iMessages, as well as all health care is coming In watchOS 8 anything else is welcome privacy update, like a service that helps you Hide your email from potential spammers.

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