Are you an addicted music lover like myself? Are you aware that FaceTime gives you the option of sharing music? If you are still not aware of this, then you have been missing out. Let me give you some good information that will make your day.
Currently, Apple introduced several new features as well as improvements to FaceTime during WWDC this year. One of the features rolled out to users is known as “SharePlay”. The SharePlay feature, allows users to share music or videos in FaceTime calls. If you are using iOS 15, iPad 15, tvOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey update, you can listen to music together or even start a watch party while you are on a FaceTime call. Also, you can use SharePlay in sharing your screen on FaceTime which is very useful.
SharePlay in FaceTime and Compatible Apps
SharePlay is one of the features that has added much-needed improvements to FaceTime. With SharePlay, users are able to share their screen, listen to songs together, as well as watch movies and TV shows on the go. Everyone who’s involved in the call gets control over what’s playing. This enables anyone to easily pause/play, and skip content. SharePlay works on all devices which support iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and even on macOS 12 Monterey.
Currently, the audio share feature only works with the Apple Music app. Video sharing works with Disney+ Hulu, HBO Max, NBA, Twitch, TikTok ESPN+, Pluto TV, with more services added as time goes on. In the coming months, Apple is planning on releasing a Group Activities API. This will allow third-party app developers to add SharePlay support.
That said, let’s now go to the main aim of this post, which is how to share music on FaceTime.
How to Share Music on FaceTime FaceTime
Here’s what you have to do if you want to listen to music together while on a FaceTime call:
Note, for now, music sharing only works with Apple Music.
- Click open the FaceTime app on your Apple device and start a FaceTime call.
- Then launch Apple Music on your compatible device.
- Thereafter, play a song and it should automatically start playing on the recipients device.
You can also add more users to the FaceTime call and listen to music together. All users on the call will have control over the audio playback.
How to Share Videos and Start a Watch Party in FaceTime
Watching videos together in FaceTime is fun and works much like listening to music together. However, all users must have the streaming service’s app installed on their device. Users will also need to have an active subscription to pull this off.
To start a watch party on FaceTime:
- Start by launching FaceTime on your supported Apple device.
- Start a call with your contacts.
- Click open a supported app which works with FaceTime, and play any content you like.
The video should start playing for all those who are on call. You can also chat while watching the video. Users also have control over video playback.
Sharing music on FaceTime is now easier than ever before all thanks to the SharePlay feature. Now you can listen to music together, as well as have a watch party while on FaceTime call.
Now that you have learned how to share music on FaceTime, you now have a great way of setting the mood for your conversations with friends and family over FaceTime. Now you can be sure there’s no limit to your world of fun and staying close to the people that matter to you via the things you love.