Share the screen in FaceTime: Instructions for iPhone, iPad and Mac!

During a FaceTime call, it can be helpful to share the display contents of your iPhone, iPad or Mac computer. For example, if you want to explain an app, show pictures and videos or present a website. You can find out how to share the screen in FaceTime in this guide. In it I have summarized the respective instructions for the Apple iPhone, the Apple iPad and the Apple Mac. This means you are well equipped for screen transfer on all devices.

Here you can see the symbol with which you can share the screen in FaceTime. You can find out how to find this on iPhone, iPad and Mac in this article.
Here you can see the symbol with which you can share the screen in FaceTime. You can find out how to find this on iPhone, iPad and Mac in this article.

Requirements for sharing the display in FaceTime

In order to share the display and its contents in a FaceTime call, certain operating systems or subsequent versions must be installed. I have summarized the minimum requirements for the individual devices here:

  • Apple iPhone: iOS 15.1 or newer
  • Apple iPad: iPadOS 15.1 or later
  • Apple Mac: macOS 12 or newer

Share your iPhone or iPad screen in FaceTime: Here's how!

To share your mobile screen during a FaceTime call, you'll need to use the app's controls. If these are not displayed, you just need to briefly tap the display. The symbols for speakers, camera, microphone control, end call and share screen should now appear. The latter is the symbol that shows a kind of display, next to which there is a person pictogram on the right. Tap on this and then select “Share my screen” if necessary.

Source: Apple.com
Source: Apple.com

The content that you now access on the iPhone or iPad will be visible to the participants in the FaceTime call. However, no incoming push notifications are displayed. So if private messages arrive, this will not be displayed. Likewise, no content will be transferred from apps that require a purchase, subscription or similar (e.g. streaming apps). You can end the transmission by tapping the symbol with the screen and the person again and then stopping the action.

Share your Mac screen in FaceTime: Here's how!

It is also possible to share the screen during a FaceTime call on an Apple computer with macOS and thus make your content available to other people. To do this, click on the video button in the menu bar at the top of the screen. This is the green rectangle with the white camera icon. Then click the screen share button, which shows a stylized display and a person to the right of it. You then have the following options:

  • Window: Click on a single window to share only that window.
  • Share all app windows: After clicking a window, select this option to transfer all windows of the app.
  • Change app window: To switch between app windows, hover over the split window preview and then click Change Split Window. Select the new window and confirm with “Share this window”.
  • Share entire display: If you want to share all the contents of your display, then click on the “Screen” option after the corresponding symbol in the menu bar, if you have multiple monitors, click on the one in question and confirm your selection with “Share this screen”.

To stop FaceTime sharing the screen, click the screen sharing icon in the menu bar again and then select “Stop sharing”. Even on the Mac, material from subscriptions and other app or website content with active copyright management cannot be transferred. So you can e.g. For example, you cannot stream Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+ or the like via FaceTime.

Official Apple sources on the topic

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