How to Screen Share on FaceTime: Easy 2023 Guide

Screen sharing on FaceTime can be great for teaching, meetings, and even sharing memes with your friends. Whatever the reason you want to share your screen is, read on the learn how to screen share on FaceTime.

Prerequisites for Sharing Screen on FaceTime

Before we can take a look at how to screen share on FaceTime, let’s consider some of the things you need to know beforehand. For instance, you and other members on the FaceTime call require a supported device for sharing the screen on FaceTime.

  • You will require an iPhone version of iOS 15.1 or higher.
  • You will require an iPad version iPadOS 15.1 or higher.
  • You will require a Mac with macOS Monterey 12.1 or higher.

You have to remember that if the screen sharing options are hidden during a call, you will have to ensure that all the members on the call have a supported device.

It is important not to get confused between FaceTime screen sharing and SharePlay. SharePlay is another feature of iOS 15. It is used for streaming subscription-based content, which is only possible if all the members or participants have actively subscribed to it.

Advantages of Screen Sharing on FaceTime

FaceTime screen sharing is used by many people in many ways. Here are some of the main advantages of FaceTime screen sharing:

  • You can share images with one or more people.
  • You can watch videos together with one or more people.
  • You can watch movies with friends. This feature is non-subscription based.
  • You can work and collaborate with colleagues.
  • You can troubleshoot and also help others with troubleshooting.
  • You can present information to people.

Remember that you cannot share content on a call if it requires a subscription or purchase. You might use SharePlay for free trials. You can share a screen on a Mac via a call, which can be seen on an iPhone or an iPad and vice versa. The only problem will be with the screen resolutions, as two different devices may have two different screen resolutions.

The members of the FaceTime call will not be able to see the notifications that may appear on your screen. You have to be careful while sharing a screen, especially if you have some sensitive information on the screen that you do not want others to see.

If you’re teaching someone something important on a screen share, you can also record the call so they can save it for later.

How to Screen Share on FaceTime for iPhone and iPad

In short, you need to ensure you and the participants have compatible devices, then tap Share My Screen during the call. Read on for a more detailed guide.

According to Apple Support, you will require an iPhone version of iOS 15.1 or higher to share screen FaceTime. For FaceTime screen share on iPad, you will require iPadOS 15.1 or higher. Here’s how to share screens on FaceTime on iPad and iPhones:

  1. On your iPhone, open FaceTime.
  2. Click on the New FaceTime option.
  3. Select all the contacts you wish to share the screen with and click the FaceTime option.
  4. Once the call is connected, click on the Screen Share icon on the top right of your screen.
    The screen share button on iPhone and iPad
  5. Click on the Share My Screen option and wait a few seconds for the countdown to finish.
How to screenshare on FaceTime on iOS
  1. After this, your screen will be shared with all the participants on the call.
  2. You can enable or disable the Camera by clicking on its icon.
  3. Swipe up on your screen to navigate the app you wish to share.
  4. If you wish to return to your FaceTime call, click on the caller’s icon in PiP.
  5. To end your screen share, simply click on the Screen Share option on your screen again.

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How to Share My Screen on FaceTime on macOS

For sharing your screen on FaceTime, you will require a Mac version of macOS Monterey 12.1 or above. The participants in your call will require a MacOS 12.1 or above or iOS or iPadOS 15.1 or above. Here’s how to show your screen on FaceTime:

The screenshare options on macOS
  1. On your Mac, open up FaceTime and start a call.
  2. While on call, open the app that you wish to share.
  3. Click on the FaceTime option in the menu, and choose the Screen Share option.
  4. Choose what app you wish to share with the participants.
  5. Select Screen or Window from the pop-up window.
  6. You can either select a specific app window or the entire screen.
  7. To share the window, click on the Window option, move the cursor on the application you would like to share, and click on the Share This Window option.
  8. For sharing the entire screen, click on the Screen button, move the cursor on the screen and click on Share This Screen option.
  9. To end the sharing session, go to the menu bar and click on the FaceTime option. After this, choose the Stop Sharing option.

Take Over Screen Sharing from Another Participant in a FaceTime Call

Start screen sharing as you normally would while the other person has their screen share active. You will get a prompt that says Replace Existing. Tap or click on that and your device will take over the current screen sharing session.1

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Joining a Screen Share Session

How to join screenshare during a call

When another person on the FaceTime call tries to share their screen, you will get a prompt that says Join Screen Sharing. Tap the Open option to accept the screen share request.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Share Screen on FaceTime?

Yes, but only if all of the devices in the FaceTime call are compatible.

How Do You Share Your Screen on FaceTime?

If everyone in the FaceTime call has compatible devices, here’s how to enable screen share on FaceTime: You simply have to click or tap the extra invisible options panel, then the Share My Screen option during a call.

Why Can’t I Share My Screen on FaceTime Apple?

The first thing you need to know when sharing your screen in FaceTime is that you are using macOS Monterey 12.1 or above, iOS or iPadOS 15.1 version or above. You also have to ensure that all the call participants are using these versions. If your screen sharing is still not working, or you cannot see your screen-sharing option, it is because you have not updated your iPhone.

Why Is the Invite to Share Screen Button Grayed Out?

The problem is based on Mac’s security permissions. In the system preferences, you must enable screen sharing. If the Share My screen option is still greyed out, then make sure the participants you are trying to share the screen have their Apple ID from their Messages account linked to their iCloud account.

Wrapping Up How to Screen Share on FaceTime

The basics we covered when teaching you how to screen share in Google Sheets are that you and the other participants must have a compatible device, then you just have to tap the screen share icon and Share My Screen. Hopefully, the above full breakdown helps you understand everything. Let us know if you need more help in the comments.

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Chris is a spreadsheet expert and content writer for Productivity Spot and Spreadsheet Point. He has a double Bachelor's Degree in Teaching and has been working in the education industry for over 11 years. His experience makes him adept at breaking down complex topics so that everyone is able to understand.

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