You can choose different designs, adjust the colors, and add complications to your watch face. You can even set the time ahead.
How to switch the watch face on your Apple Watch
- From your watch face, swipe left or right from edge to edge.
- Stop when you get to the watch face that you want to use.
Not all watch faces are available in all countries or regions. Hermes and Nike watch faces are available only on those models.
How to customize the watch face on your Apple Watch
- Press the Digital Crown to go to the watch face.
- Touch and hold the display.
- Swipe left or right to choose a watch face, then tap Edit.
- Swipe left or right to select a feature, then turn the Digital Crown to change it. For example, you might change the color of the second hand or the markings on the watch face.
- Swipe all the way to the left to edit complications, which you can use to check things like the weather, your activity, or information from other apps that you installed. Tap a complication to select it, then turn the Digital Crown to change it.
- When you’re finished, press the Digital Crown to save your changes.
- Tap the watch face to set it as your current face.
You can also change the watch face from your iPhone. Open the Watch app, then tap the Face Gallery tab.
Tim Brookes is a technology writer with more than a decade of experience. He’s invested in the Apple ecosystem, with experience covering Macs, iPhones, and iPads for publications like Zapier and MakeUseOf. Read more.
One of the best parts of owning an Apple Watch is the ability to customize your own watch face with different colors, photos, and complications. You can share these designs with friends, family, and the world, too. Here’s how.
How to Share Your Apple Watch Face
The best way to share your Apple Watch face is by using the Watch app on your iPhone. Keep in mind that you need to have iOS 14 or later installed on your iPhone, and watchOS 7 or later installed on your Watch for this to work.
Launch the Watch app on your iPhone, and tap on the face you would like to share. Now tap on the “Share” button in the top-right corner of the screen to see a list of locations you can share to. These include AirDrop, Messages, Mail, third-party chat services like WhatsApp, note-taking apps, and cloud storage services.
When you export a Watch face, your iPhone sends a file with the .watchface extension to the destination of your choosing. This allows you to share your Watch face to virtually any service that allows the uploading or sending of files, making it easy to make your face available to others. The size of a .watchface file comes in at around 400kb.
You can also share your face directly from your Apple Watch. To do so, tap and hold your Watch face until you see its name at the top of the screen and an “Edit” button beneath it. Tap on the “Share” button in the lower-left corner of the screen.
This will open a new Messages conversation. You can add a contact and a message, then hit “Send” to share your Watch face. There is no way of sending your Watch face to other apps using this method.
Receiving and Removing a Watch Face
When you send a Watch face via Messages, the recipient will see a preview of the face in the conversation window. If you’re sharing a link to a file, this won’t work quite the same. When the link is tapped, the Watch app will open and show a detailed preview of the face.
The recipient can then tap “Add to My Faces” to add the face to their device. The face can then be chosen on the Apple Watch either by long-swiping left and right or by tapping and holding the face until its name appears, then scrolling through the list of available faces.
Faces can be removed via the Watch app using the “Edit” button, or by tapping and holding on an Apple Watch face and then flicking the face upwards (as if you were killing an app on your iPhone).
Sending a Watch face to someone else will not affect their current list of faces, even if they already have a Watch face that uses a similar design (for example, Infograph). No personal information like calendar events, weather locales, or activity data will be included with any faces.
Curated Watch Faces in the App Store
Apple promises a curated selection of Watch faces will appear in the App Store for easy installation. As of watchOS 7’s release in September 2020, however, they were not yet available in the App Store.
Beware of apps promising to install thousands of Watch faces on your device, as these are mostly static images that can be used as regular Watch backgrounds.
If you really want to make your Apple Watch your own, learn how to create your own truly personal designs using your own photos and albums.
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Last week Apple officially released the first public beta of watchOS 7 with a number of new exciting features, and while the watchOS betas aren’t for the faint of heart — there’s no way to go back to watchOS 6 once you’ve installed it— if you’re interested in taking the plunge, or you already have, there’s a new online community that’s already sprung up to take advantage of one of the new wearable operating system’s more social features.
We’re talking here bout Watch Face sharing of course, which is a fun feature that you might actually find somewhat limited right now as you discover that you’re the only one in your group actually using the watchOS 7 public beta, and therefore have nobody to actually share all of your creative watch faces with, and nowhere to get inspiration from.
Fortunately, somebody has already stepped up to create a third-party platform designed expressly for collecting a gallery of shareable watch faces, as 9to5Mac discovered. Highlighted by Reddit user weathergraph, the new site, buddywatch, is already up and running to let watchOS 7 early adopters share and discover new watch faces.
How It Works
Since watchOS 7 (and the Watch app in iOS 14) can install watch faces from web links, this allows buddywatch to easily host a gallery of watch faces, which you can install simply by visiting the site in Safari on your iPhone, and then tapping the “Download” button on any of your favourites.
Safari will let you know with a popup that the website is trying to download a face for your Apple Watch, and tapping “Allow” will take you straight into the Apple Watch app with a preview of the face and a button to add it to your own set of available watch faces.
Once you’ve added a watch face, it can be used, customized, or removed like any other watch face you’ve added yourself.
The watch face sharing feature in watchOS 7 also allows you to include third-party complications on your custom watch faces, and Apple has designed it so that if you’re installing a watch face from another user that references a complication you don’t have, the Watch app on your iPhone will prompt you to download the appropriate app prior to adding the watch face, although you can also choose to skip that step and continue without adding that particular complication.
The buddywatch site is well designed for finding new watch faces, and already offers filters so you can select from different categories, including casual, classy, essential, health, nightlife, sport, and edition, and more categories will undoubtedly be added as the collection of watch faces expands.
Of course, you’ll need to be running the iOS 14 and watchOS 7 public betas right now to take advantage of watch face sharing, but even if you’re still on watchOS 6, you can visit the buddywatch site in any browser just to see what’s available and perhaps get some inspiration.
How to Share Your Own Watch Faces
If you want to share your own creations with the world, buddywatch is taking submissions, but of course if you have friends who are running watchOS 7, you can also share your watch faces more privately via iMessage directly from your Apple Watch, or via just about any sharing method from the iOS 14 Watch app.
To share a watch face from your Apple Watch:
- Hold down on the watch face (a gentle press and hold is fine, as Force Touch is gone in watchOS 7).
- Tap the share button that appears in the bottom right corner.
- Tap the top field to add a new iMessage contact to share with.
- Tap the name of the watch face in the second field if you want to exclude certain complications. All complications are included by default, but of course the personal data in those complications is never shared in any way.
- Optionally tap on the “Create Message” field if you want to add a message to go with the watch face, in which case you can choose a pre-defined message or scribble/dictate one of your own, just as you would with the Messages app on the watch.
- Scroll down and tap Send to send your watch face on its way.
To share a watch face from your iPhone:
- Open the Watch app.
- Tap and hold on the watch face you’d like to share. A quick look preview of the watch face details will appear, along with a popup menu.
- Tap Share Watch Face. A standard iOS Share Sheet will appear.
- If you want to exclude certain complications, tap the “Options” button at the top of the share sheet. By default, all complications are included.
- Choose your sharing method, such as Messages or Mail, and then proceed to share as you normally would from any other app.
Watch faces are shared using a special “.watchface” file format, so you can use the Save to Files option in the iOS share sheet to save it out directly to a file, which can then be uploaded to a website like buddywatch or really anywhere else you’d like to share it. As noted above, watch faces never include any personal data — even when you’re including your favourite complications, only the raw complications themselves are included, with only sample data shown in the watch face preview.
One of the new features that came with watchOS 7 was the ability to share Apple Watch faces. This is an awesome way to share faces with your friends or family who have similar interests; both in face appearance and functions.
You can share an Apple Watch face with all of the visual elements as well as the complications. So if you create the most amazing face that you know your bestie would love, share it! Along with that, you can share your Apple Watch face online. So if you add it to your blog or show it off on social media, others can see it and then download and use it too!
Here, we’ll cover the basics of sharing an Apple Watch face from your Watch or iPhone along with how to share it online and how to use a shared face yourself.
Sharing Apple Watch faces
Before you share
Note that you and your friend must be using an Apple Watch Series 3 or later or Apple Watch SE. And you must both be using watchOS 7 or later.
If you share a face with a complication for an app the other person does not own, they will see the price for it or “Get” for a free app. They can then tap to purchase or download the app or select Continue Without This App.
Share a face from Apple Watch
Sharing a face directly from your Apple Watch is as easy as a few taps.
1) Make sure you’re viewing the face you want to share on Apple Watch.
2) Press and hold the face and then tap the Share button.
3) Choose Add Contact and then select the contact you want to share with. You can also use the buttons to search for a contact or add a phone number.
4) Tap the name of the Watch face. Then decide if you want to share all complications with or without data, or exclude one from the face. The default is the to share complications with data.
5) Tap Done.
6) Optionally, you can Create a Message and when you finish, tap Send.
Share a face from iPhone
If you are putting together a face on your iPhone, you can share it from there too. Open the Watch app and do the following.
1) Select the face you want to share from the My Watch or Face Gallery tab.
2) Tap the Share button. Depending on the type of face you’re sharing, you may have an additional step. For example, if you’re sharing a Photo face, you’ll be prompted to select the photos you want to share with the face.
3) At the top of the Share sheet that displays, tap Options next to the number of complications on the face if you’d like to adjust them. You can then choose to Include with data or Include without data, depending on the complication, or Don’t include. Tap Done when you finish.
4) Choose your method of sharing and follow the prompts.
Share a face online
You can create a link to share your Watch face online or grab the file and plop it on your server if you have your own website.
Follow the same Steps 1 through 3 above for sharing the face from your iPhone. But this time in the Share Sheet pick Save to Files and select a location.
To get the link, press and hold the file you save and pick Share > Add People. Optionally, tap Sharing Options to adjust who can access the link. Back on the Share screen, swipe to the right of the Sharing options and choose Copy Link (tap More to display this option if necessary). This puts the link on your clipboard, ready for you to paste it where you please.
To get the file, simply open it in the Files app where you saved it. Alternatively, you can send it to yourself via email or Messages instead of saving it to the Files app.
Use a shared Watch face
If you see a Watch face online or receive a link from a pal, you can add the face to your available options easily. On the iPhone that’s paired with your Watch, tap the link for the face and select Add to My Faces.
Then when you open the Watch app, you should see the newly added face in that section of the My Watch tab. Tap the face to apply it to your Watch. And remember, if the face includes a complication for an app you don’t own, you’ll have the option to get the app or continue without that complication.
Wrapping it up
The ability to share Apple Watch faces is not just convenient for family members but can be a lot of fun for friends. See what you can come up with, whether a photo of you together with an Activity complication to outdo each other or the Stripes face combining your favorite colors with a Messages complication for quick communications, there are tons of possibilities!
What type of Watch face will you create and share? Take a look at how you can make a shareable custom Watch face too!
Many people wonder if they can share Apple Watch faces – and the answer is yes! Sharing Apple Watch faces was a feature first introduced in watchOS 7 and it’s one of the best and most little-used features.
Customing watch faces are one of the coolest features of the Apple Watch. Sadly, the Apple Watch will turn seven this year, but Apple still doesn’t have an Apple Watch face store, where you can buy and download third-party watch faces.
Many people are confused why Apple STILL doesn’t have any kind of Watch Face Store, but only the company knows for sure.
However, Apple does have a way of discovering new watch faces – provide you have watchOS 7 or higher.
That’s because watchOS 7 introduced Apple Watch face sharing. This allows you to create a new watch face (from the faces available) and share your creation with a friend. Of course “create” is a bit misleading. When I say create I mean customize: picking a built-in watch face and then customizing it with the built-in options including styles and complications.
Any watch face you create you can share with friends and family – provided they have an Apple Watch too, of course. And there are actually two ways to share watch faces: via the Apple Watch itself or via the iPhone.
Let’s start with sharing watch faces via the Apple Watch itself. Honestly, this is probably the least good way to share a watch face, but it’s also the one that is most quick to use because your watch is literally strapped to your wrist at all times.
Before you can share a watch face, you must have one customized. And once you’ve done that, you can share it. So, if you’ve customized one or more watch faces, here’s how to share one:
- Tap and hold your current Apple Watch face until it recess into the background where it enters the Edit screen.
- Swipe through the list of your current watch faces until you find the one you want to share.
- Under the icon of the watch face, next to the Edit button, you’ll see a share button. Tap it.
- In the New Message window that appears, tap Add Contact and select a Messages contact you want to send the watch face to.
- Next, tap the name of the watch face and on the next screen choose either “Include without data” or “don’t include” for every complication on the watch face. “Include without data” will share a generic complication – not a complication with your personal data, like the heart rate complication. “Don’t include” will not share the complication – just the watch face and its customized design and style.
- Next, tap Create Message.
- On the Create Message screen, enter your own message, or use one of the suggested messages.
- Next, tap Send.
Whoever you addressed the message to will get your message along with a link they can tap to add the shared watch face to their Apple Watch.
It’s convenient that you can share watch faces right on the Apple Watch. However, given the Apple Watch’s display is so small, it’s often easier to share watch faces via the iPhone and iOS 14 and higher (including iOS 15). You do this through the iPhone’s dedicated Watch app. Here’s how:
- On your iPhone, tap the Watch app to launch it.
- Swipe through the “My Faces” row at the top of the app on the My Watches tab.
- When you find a face you want to share, tap it.
- The face’s edit screen will appear. This is where you can customize the watch face. When you are ready to share it, tap the share button in the upper-right corner.
- On the sharing panel the appears, tap Options.
- On the next screen choose either “Include without data” or “don’t include” for every complication on the watch face. “Include without data” will share a generic complication – not a complication with your personal data, like the heart rate complication. “Don’t include” will not share the complication – just the watch face and its customized design and style.
- Tap Done.
- Back on the Share panel, tap the name of the person you want to share the watch face with or tap the app you want to share the watch face through and then complete entering in the details of the contact you want to share the face with.
- Tap the Send (up arrow) button after adding your personal message below the link to your watch face.
The recipient will now get a message from you with the link to your shared watch face. When they click on it it will automatically be added to their Apple Watch.
Q: Is there an Apple Watch face store?
Sadly, no! Everyone wants Apple to create a store where you can buy third-party Apple Watch faces, but Apple hasn’t done it yet.
Q: How much do Apple Watch faces cost?
Nothing! Apple Watch faces are built into the watchOS software. You cannot buy third-party Apple Watch faces, though you can share your creations.
Q: Will Apple make an Apple Watch face store?
We hope so! TONS of Apple Watch users want Apple to make an Apple Watch face store. Apple, take our money already!
By Killian Bell • 4:00 pm, September 28, 2020
A countless collection of faces to choose from.
Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac
Apple’s new watchOS 7 update gives Apple Watch owners the ability to share their best faces for the first time. It also lets you download awesome faces designed by others — and it’s all incredibly simple.
We’ll show you how.
Apple still hasn’t given us (or even developers) the ability to design our own watch faces from scratch. But it did add new faces in watchOS 7, and for the first time, the faces you create can be shared with others.
What’s more, it’s possible to download other face setups you like either by having them sent to you, or by using apps such as Buddywatch. We’ll show you how to get started.
How to share an Apple Watch face in watchOS 7
- Tap and hold a watch face on your Apple Watch to open the edit menu.
- Select the face you wish to share, then tap the share button.
- Add a contact and attach a message if you wish.
- Scroll down and tap the Send button.
- Open the Watch app.
- Under the My Faces section, tap the face you want to share.
- Tap the share button in the top-right corner.
- Choose how you would like to send your face.
How to download Apple Watch faces
Using the steps above, a friend can easily send you their favorite faces for you to use on your Apple Watch. Alternatively, you can find ready-made faces elsewhere using an app like Buddywatch.
Buddywatch is free to download and offers a wide variety of custom faces categorized by theme, color scheme, and more. It also has an “Editor’s choice” selection, and showcases the latest additions.
Buddywatch has a ton of great faces to choose from.
Image: Cult of Mac
When you find a face you like, simply tap the Download button. The face will be sent to the Watch app, and you can tap Add to My Faces to add it to you library. It will also appear on your Apple Watch.
There is something to be aware of when downloading ready-made Apple Watch faces: Some will come with complications from third-party apps that you may not have installed on your device.
When you add a face with complications you don’t yet have access to, the Watch app will prompt you to download the apps you’ll need. If you choose not to do that, the complications simply won’t appear.
In iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1, Apple’s adding an all-new feature to FaceTime. SharePlay, as its name suggests, lets you share video and audio content with those on the same chat. Apple calls this “an entirely new way to have experiences with family and friends, no matter the distance.”
SharePlay, which was supposed to launch with the first version of iOS 15, has been slightly delayed and will arrive with the iOS 15.1 update, now expected before the end of 2021. When it does launch, it will be available on the best iPhones and iPads.
Here’s an initial look at the feature and how it will work on your mobile devices.
Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That’s why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.
How to watch together with SharePlay
With SharePlay, FaceTime users will be able to watch their favorite shows and TV shows together through supported apps. To get started, you either have to start a FaceTime session or be invited to one. From there:
- Go into the supported video app such as Apple TV.
- Select SharePlay in the pop-up menu.
Begin playing your content. Once you do, FaceTime will become active, and those attendees who also subscribe to the supported video service will have access to the selected content.
How to listen together with SharePlay
With music, SharePlay works similarly. Once again, you must have already started a FaceTime session or been invited to one. Next:
- Go into the supported app such as Apple Music.
- Select SharePlay in the pop-up menu.
Beginning playing your content. Once you do, FaceTime will become active, and those attendees who are also subscribed to the supported music service will have access to the selected content.
How to share your screen with SharePlay
You can also use SharePlay to share your screens while in a FaceTime chat session.
- Tap the Share button in FaceTime.
- Move around your device. Those in your FaceTime chat session will see what you’re doing.
Tap End to finish sharing your screen.
Remember, SharePlay remains in beta, so things can change before iOS/iPadOS 15.1 is released to the public. Regardless, if you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.
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Apple announced significant new versions of iOS and macOS at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. The reveal of the upcoming software version for Apple Watch was less publicized, but it could prove significant nonetheless. Among the goodies arriving on watchOS 7 this fall is the ability to create and share Apple Watch faces with family and friends. Here’s a first look at how to do it.
One of the criticisms of Apple Watch has been the inability of developers to create and sell third-party watch faces. That hasn’t changed in watchOS 7, although I’d like to believe the new sharing tool is a small step in that direction.
Sharing Watch Faces
You can send others your customized Watch faces directly through Apple Watch or in iOS 14 using the familiar share sheets. Naturally, the other person must also have watchOS 7 installed to use and edit the face.
On iOS 14
To share a watch face on your iPhone:
- Tap the Watch app on your smartphone.
- Select an Apple Watch face to share under My Faces on the My Watch tab.
- Choose the sharing icon at the top right.
- Tap the way you wish to share. You can send the face through AirDrop, Messages, email, and more, just like any other file.
On watchOS 7
To share a watch face from your wrist:
- With the face you wish to share active, hard press on the Apple Watch display.
- Tap on the Share Sheet.
- Choose a contact.
- Add a message in the Create Message box.
- Scroll down, select Send.
There are other new features to look forward to in watchOS 7, including the following.
New and Updated Watch Faces
The beta version of watchOS 7 also introduces a new face and updates some of the existing designs. Chronograph Pro is the first for Apple Watch to feature a tachymeter. Better still, it includes plenty of room for customization. A functional chronograph arrives simply by tapping the bezel surrounding the main 12-hour dial. You can record time on scales of three, six, 30, or 60 seconds. The tachymeter timescale measures speed based on the time traveled over a fixed distance. You can change the color of the Chronograph Pro watch face and add up to four complications.
Meanwhile, the existing X-Large Apple Watch face now offers a selection of complications for the first time, while the Photos face offers color filters.
New Complications and Sleep
You’ll also find more complications in watchOS 7, including a world clock, shortcuts, camera remote, moon face, and more. Perhaps the most prominent new feature of watchOS 7 is the introduction of a native sleep app. Long rumored, the function is designed to help you to create a schedule and bedtime routine that matches your sleep goals.
Sleep is one of the most critical aspects of your health, but also one of the least understood. Tracking is a good start, but the new Sleep app goes further. It helps you create a schedule and a bedtime routine so you can meet your sleep goals. From the app, you can view last night’s sleep data and how you did the previous 14 days.
The Sleep app functionality is mostly tied to new features on the Clock app on iOS 14. One of these is Wind Down, which assists you in setting up a bedtime routine using shortcuts that help you to relax. When the new day arrives, you’ll see a weather report and your current battery level on your Apple Watch on the screen to turn off your alarm.
During Wind Down, you’ll also receive an alert if your Apple Watch battery is below 30 percent. That way, you’ll get a gentle reminder to charge the wearable device before your sleep time. When charging the Watch during the day, you now receive an iPhone notification when the Apple Watch battery reaches 100 percent.
The next version of watchOS 7 also includes four new workouts, including Dance, Functional Strength Training, Core Training, and a post-workout Cooldown.
Other new features are coming to Apple Watch this fall with watchOS 7, including a hand-washing tool, and more. No doubt, there will be other features announced along with the revealing of the next-generation Apple Watch.
WatchOS 7, alongside macOS Big Sur, iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14, should arrive for the public in September. No doubt, being able to design and share Apple Watch faces will be a winner with many users. Stay tuned.
The FaceTime enhancement isn’t yet part of iOS 15, but it should be coming soon in an update.
The new FaceTime feature allows you to experience streaming TV, movies and music within a video chat.
Apple’s new iOS 15 is here and it almost makes us feel like we’ve bought a brand new phone (speaking of which, the iPhone 13 is available for preorder now ). Apple’s latest software update comes with a lot of new features, including Focus mode , real-time weather alerts so you know when it starts raining, and facial recognition to safely store your driver’s license and other IDs in your Apple Wallet. Pretty nifty, huh?
But iOS 15 comes with FaceTime’s biggest updates yet, making Apple a big competitor for Zoom and Teleparty (formerly known as Netflix Party) . SharePlay, one of iOS 15’s most talked-about features, lets you share your screen with friends to watch movies, listen to songs and more — all while on your FaceTime call. It takes video calling to the next level without the extra apps and subscription fees. The SharePlay feature, which we played with during the iOS 15 beta but is not yet available in the iOS 15 public release, may make the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 upgrades even better when it’s added in (here’s how to download and install the current version of it ).
Read more: Here’s the latest iOS 15 features for HomeKit and HomePod .
How to use SharePlay to share your screen in FaceTime
Like Zoom, FaceTime will let you share your screen with others on the call when SharePlay is made available, 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 off a video game or helping a friend with a technical problem by walking them through which settings to change . This feature will also work across Apple devices, which means you can share your Mac screen or your iPhone or iPad screen in a call.
How to stream shows and movies with FaceTime
Having a watch party in FaceTime is simple and intuitive with SharePlay. When you stream movies or TV shows with a friend, content will sync across devices and allow both parties access to controls. And you’ll still see and hear each other in picture-in-picture as you watch. Streaming services that have already partnered with Apple for SharePlay include Hulu, HBO Max, TikTok and ESPN Plus.
Apple has partnered with a number of streaming services for the launch of SharePlay.
In order to use SharePlay, both parties need to use FaceTime on an Apple device that supports iOS 15 , iPadOS 15 or MacOS Monterey . Another cool feature of SharePlay is that you can cast to your Apple TV while maintaining the FaceTime call on your iPhone. That way you’re not stuck squinting at a tiny screen with your friend’s face blocking the show.
Shared streaming video can be cast from an iPhone to an Apple TV when using SharePlay in FaceTime.
Here’s how to set up SharePlay in FaceTime:
1. Start a FaceTime call.
2. Open a streaming app while connected to the call and choose a show or movie.
3. Press Play, and both parties can watch the same stream at once.
How to listen to music with SharePlay
Using SharePlay to listen to a new album with a friend works similarly to having a watch party. When sharing music, both parties will also have access to controls to pause, play or skip songs in SharePlay. And you can even contribute to shared playlists by adding songs to a queue within Apple Music.
Both parties can add songs to a shared queue in FaceTime.
Here’s how to share music with SharePlay:
1. Start a FaceTime call.
2. Open Apple Music and choose a song.
3. Press Play, and the song will begin playing from both devices at the same time.
Sharing music in a FaceTime call.
One drawback: SharePlay’s subscription problem
Netflix, Spotify and YouTube are a few of the apps that won’t sync with SharePlay. Apple also notes that a subscription may be required for both parties in order to share streaming services (like HBO Max or Disney Plus) through SharePlay. In our iOS 15 hands-on testing, we put this to the test and verified that not only do both parties need a subscription to the app being shared (if applicable), but they also need to have the app itself downloaded on both devices.
So if your friend wants to SharePlay a TikTok video and you don’t have the TikTop app installed, you won’t be able to see the video over FaceTime. And before you get too excited, you also won’t be able to circumvent this by sharing your video stream via screen-share instead of through the app itself.
SharePlay isn’t the only thing Apple announced recently . Check out the new Apple Maps features , like turn by turn directions that make it a lot easier to know where you’re going. Apple also announced the new Apple Watch Series 7 with curved edges and faster charging. And here’s the latest on the iPhone 13 lineup if you’re thinking about buying the new phone.