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How to Share Screens on iPhone? [Best 5 Ways]

sofia albert
Sofia Albert updated on Nov 25, 2022 | Home > iOS & Mac Topics

When the world was stuck inside their homes during the pandemic and everybody started connecting with their loved ones remotely. Apple realized that many users needed a better way to interact with each other.

Apple's competitors rolled out screen sharing a little earlier during the pandemic, but it wasn't interactive. But Apple introduced screen sharing with FaceTime, called SharePlay, with iOS 15.

It removed most of the FaceTime restrictions, made FaceTime and SharePlay interactive, and also let Apple users call their peers who were on Android.

If you didn't previously know how to share screens on an iPhone using FaceTime or other third-party apps, here's everything you need to know!

How to Share Screens on an iPhone?

iOS 15 was a major overhaul in most areas of the iPhone and unlocked many previously unavailable features. Not only can you share your screen now using FaceTime, but you can also FaceTime non-Apple users and share your iPhone's screen.

Not only that, but you can also enable the screen-sharing option using apps like Google Meet, Telegram, Zoom, Skype, and others. 

Does everything sound exciting already? Hold it as we are going to show how you can share your iPhone's screen using FaceTime, Google Meet, and other apps.

Method 1. Using FaceTime

FaceTime is Apple's own video calling app that is available only on Apple devices. Unlike other video calling apps that compress the video quality extensively, FaceTime doesn't do that much. It is regarded as one of the best video calling applications, and it also supports some funky features for its users like adding memojis, texts, and so much more.

Anyway, here's how to share your iPhone's screen using FaceTime:

Step 1. Open FaceTime. You can do this by tapping on the FaceTime icon on the home screen. You can also use Spotlight to open FaceTime by tapping on your iPhone screen and pulling your finger down, then typing "FaceTime" and tapping on the "FaceTime" icon.

open FaceTime

Step 2. If you want to share your screen with an iPhone user, tap on "New FaceTime" and then select the contact. If it is with an Android or PC user, tap on "Create Link" and then forward the link to the person/group you want to share your screen with.

Creating a new FaceTime call

Step 3. Once everyone has joined the call, tap on the SharePlay icon. Select "Share My Screen."

Method 2. Using Google Meet

Google Meet, just like it sounds, is an online meeting app. Though it is a meeting app, it is not made only for professional use cases. You can talk with your family and friends using Google Meet.

Let's suppose you are having a video call with your friends or family, but they don't use an iPhone. You can video call them and share your screen with them to show them something using Google Meet. Here's how to do just that:

Step 1. Open Google Meet if it is already installed; otherwise, download it from the App Store and install it.

Step 2. Open "Google Meet" and tap the "New" option on the bottom right.

tap the New option

Step 3. A link will be generated. Share this link with the users with whom you want to share your iPhone screen.

Step 4. Now, tap on the vertical three-dot menu and select "Share screen."

Tapping on the Share screen option

Step 5. You'll see the "Screen Broadcast" menu on your iPhone. Choose "Google Meet" and tap "Start Broadcast."

Step 6. Your screen will be shared with the attendees after a 3-second timer.

Method 3. Using Telegram

Telegram is quite a popular app that has started becoming more popular in recent times. Telegram rose to prominence due to its unlimited cloud storage, customizability, and "Secret Chat" features. Here's how to share your screen using Telegram.

Step 1. Open the Telegram app.

Step 2. Choose the contact or the group you want to share your screen with, and then click on the header and select the "Video" option.

Tapping on the Video option

Step 3. You will be prompted to select what you want to show. Pick the "Phone Screen" option.

select phone screen

Step 4. Now, the call participant can view your screen.

Method 4. Using Zoom

Although Zoom was launched in 2012, it rose to popularity only during the pandemic. When the world was adapting to lifestyle changes and living at home, Zoom helped a lot of us attend school classes, and office meetings, and watch YouTube videos or movies with our family members.

If you are new to Zoom and want to share your screen, here's how you can do that:

Step 1. Open Zoom and start a meeting.

Step 2. Tap on "Share" and then select "Screen."

click screen

Step 3. Choose if you want the microphone on or off, and then tap on "Start Broadcast."

select zoom

Step 4. Wait for the 3-second timer to finish. Your screen will start sharing now.

Method 5. Using Skype

Skype is owned by Microsoft and has been a pretty popular video conferencing app for a long time. Though the competition has overtaken Skype, a good chunk of the population still uses it, and it is still popular among business people.

If you use Skype and want to find out how to share your iPhone's screen, follow the below steps:

Step 1. Open Skype and call the contact you want to share your iPhone screen with.

Step 2. Now, tap on the horizontal three-dot menu and select "Screen sharing."

turn on share screen

Step 3. Your screen will now begin to share.

Best Share Screens App Recommended

If you're video calling another Apple device owner, FaceTime is hands down the best screen-sharing app. If it is a non-Apple user, our pick will be Telegram.

Telegram is miles ahead of its competition, like WhatsApp and others. Not only can you share your screen, which is not available on WhatsApp, but you can also enable a feature called "Noise Suppression" that eliminates background noise. Plus, Telegram keeps adding new features every few weeks, unlike WhatsApp or any other apps.

Final Verdict

So now that you can share your iPhone's screen thanks to iOS 15, here's a reason for you to try this feature. You can basically watch movies with your friends and family using the apps we mentioned above. But remember that you and the person/people you will watch a movie with should also have a subscription to the platform.

If it is an app like YouTube, Facebook, or TikTok, you can simply share the screen of your iPhone as is.


This part introduces some frequently asked questions about sharing screens on iPhones.

1. How do I enable screen sharing on iOS?

It is pretty straightforward. Follow the steps below to enable screen sharing on your iPhone:

Step 1. Open "Settings."

Step 2. Find and open "FaceTime."

Step 3. Now locate "SharePlay" and tap on it.

Step 4. Tap on the toggle next to "SharePlay" to turn it on.

2. What to do when the screen share option is not showing on iOS 15.0.1?

When you don't see the SharePlay option in iOS 15.0.1, update your iPhone to iOS 15.1 or later. Now you can find the SharePlay option on your iPhone.



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