SharePlay allows Apple users to watch media in sync with each other and on iOS 16 it can be started in the Messages application.
SharePlay on iOS 16 lets people share experiences via FaceTime calls, like listening to music, watching movies or TV shows, and so on.
This feature is not found in Settings, but is supported in Apple apps and services such as Apple TV+, Apple Music, and Fitness+. Likewise third party apps.
Quoted from Apple Insider, Monday (26/9/2022), several third-party applications that already support SharePlay are TikTok, Twitch, NBA, and others.
Using SharePlay in Messages
The media will start playing simultaneously for everyone who has access to the content. Then, the system prompts users who do not have access to start a free trial, purchase a subscription, or perform other transactions for access.
- Find shows, songs, movies, or other content to share. There are different ways to find SharePlay depending on the app. Tap the Share button , then tap SharePlay . Alternatively, tap the three-dot menu icon, tap the Share button , then tap SharePlay . The third option is to tap on the three-dot menu icon and tap SharePlay .
- Next, in To Field , select a contact and tap Messages .
- Tap Start or Play .
- Recipients can tap the content title at the top of the Messages conversation and tap Open .
For group chats, selecting content and tapping the Play button can include an option called Play for Everyone . Everyone in the conversation can play, pause, rewind, or fast forward for someone else. Each individual controls settings such as text and volume.
Using SharePlay in Messages is great for not interrupting the sound of content. People can still text each other while the content is playing. Tapping FaceTime instead of Messages in the first step will open a video call for further interaction.
SharePlay on Other Apps
SharePlay can be found in several different areas, depending on the app. In Apple Music, tap the three-dot icon next to a song or album. It’s in the first menu.
In the Fitness app and under the Fitness+ tab in the bottom center, find the exercise and tap the three-dot icon in the top right. The green SharePlay button is found inside the Share Sheet.
For the Apple TV app, SharePlay works with supported services like Apple TV+, Paramount+, SHOWTIME, and Disney+. Navigate to a show or movie from that one service.
Tap the share icon which looks like a square with an arrow in the top right corner of the screen showing a green SharePlay button in the Share Sheet.