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How to screen share with FaceTime on a Mac

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Screen sharing was a feature that was missing from FaceTime in macOS for a long time. But Apple finally added it in Monterey 12.1. Modern Macs, iPhones and iPads can screen share if they are running the right software.

You and your participants can screen share with FaceTime if you use compatible operating systems. Let’s talk about how this feature works.


Use SharePlay to Share Your Screen On FaceTime

Screen sharing requires that all participants have macOS 12.1, iOS 15.1, iPadOS 151, or later installed on their devices. You can’t share your screen with Android or Windows users at this stage. Therefore, ensure everyone has the correct software installed. Screen sharing options will not be available if any participant doesn’t have a compatible device.

Here’s how you can screen share with FaceTime in macOS

  1. Launch FaceTime.
  2. Click FaceTime to make the call.
  3. After the call has connected, click on the SharePlay icon.
  4. Select Window or Full Screen to share one window, or both. Select Window to choose the app you want to share.

Participants on the call can view the screen or window that you have shared until you cancel. You can change what others see or end screen sharing from the same SharePlay menu. FaceTime offers additional SharePlay options.

FaceTime Screen Sharing is a welcome feature

Screen sharing is a common feature in many video conferencing apps. FaceTime in macOS provides a functional tool that works well. It is easy to share your screen with just a few clicks. The overall interface is very intuitive.

However, screen sharing calls will be limited for anyone who uses a device that is not capable of running newer software. Obsolescence is inevitable and everyone will eventually catch up.

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