How to share your screen on FaceTime

Screen sharing allows you to access other people’s computers without the need for someone next to you. There are many problems that can be solved by sharing your screen and different situations when you might need it.

When it comes to professional collaboration and working with remote teams, screen sharing can save you time and effort when reviewing your work or making edits. If you keep getting the same error message over and over again, you can share your screen with a colleague when asking for help.

Screen sharing is also essential when you’re teaching online, whether it’s your own online course or teaching technology to your grandparents. Finally, you may want to share the screen with someone if you choose to play a game that doesn’t offer multiplayer.

It’s easy to share your screen on FaceTime on a Mac. There are many ways to do that. Here we will cover some of the easiest options. Also, check out our short YouTube video from our sister site, Online Tech Tips.

How to share your screen on FaceTime

For Mac users, FaceTime is the go-to app when it comes to video calling. While it may not be the best video conferencing app out there, Apple users still choose FaceTime over other tools. It’s easy to use, it offers great quality, and your contacts are always just a few clicks away.

FaceTime and Messages icons

However, when you start using FaceTime as more than just a quick call with friends, you may want to take advantage of it more. For example, when you arrange a team meeting and need to share your screen on FaceTime with everyone, you’ll be surprised to find there’s no obvious screen sharing option.

Use Webcam to share your screen on FaceTime

If you’re using a physical webcam, you can set the webcam to face your computer screen instead of your face.

Webcam

That way your contacts will see your screen but with very limited functionality – not to mention the quality of such a video session. So, if you need to properly share your screen on FaceTime so that your contacts see your actions online and can take over when needed, choose the following method instead.

Use Messages to share your screen

You can share your screen on FaceTime through the Messages app that also comes pre-installed on your Mac. No need to download anything or create any new accounts. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open Message apps and sign in with your Apple ID account.
Details button in Messages
  1. Find a conversation with the user you want to share your screen with. Alternatively, start a new conversation with them.
  2. In the upper right corner of the chat, find Details and click it.
  3. Click dual screen Icon.
Screen Sharing Request Menu in Details
  1. Now you can choose from Please share my screen and Request screen sharing.
Please share my screen in the right click menu

You can also find screen sharing options right at the top of the chat. Click the recipient’s name and choose to share your screen from the drop-down menu.

Request Screen Sharing in the right-click menu

Another way to do it is through the application’s ribbon menu. At the top of the screen, select Best friend from the menu. There, you will see the same Please share my screen and Request screen sharing options to choose from.

  1. When you click on one of the options, the other person will get a request that pops up on their screen. They can choose Accept or Refusethen you can continue your video call.

Use Messages to access their Mac

Sometimes just showing your screen to other users is not enough. If you want to make it more interactive, you can invite them to control your computer or request access to theirs.

If you want to access someone’s Mac, wait until they share their screen on FaceTime with you, find mouse in the upper left corner of the screen and click the icon.

If someone wants to access your Mac: share your screen with users, find dual screen icon in the menu and click on it.

Before giving someone access to your computer, make sure it’s someone you trust. Remember that they will have full control over your computer and the ability to look through your files, including your sensitive personal data.

To revoke control, click two screens icon again and disable that function.

How to share your screen offline

Even without internet access, you can use the built-in Screen Sharing app to connect remotely to another Mac.

screen sharing in Spotlight Search

To launch Screen Sharing, open Spotlight search and type screen sharing.

The app will ask you to enter the hostname or Apple ID of the user you want to connect to. Using an Apple ID, you can connect to their computer directly. Just enter their Apple ID and click enter. Leave the rest to your Mac.

Connect to a window in Screen Sharing

The only downside to this approach is that there’s no space to text or discuss issues during a screen sharing session. However, you can use Facetime or Messages for that.

Share your screen on FaceTime with anyone

Your Mac makes it easy to share your screen with other users and even yourself. There are ways to access your computer remotely if you need to.

If you find that the built-in tools you have on your Mac aren’t enough, you can always turn to third-party tools to remotely connect to any computer.

How often do you use screen sharing on Mac? What app or tool do you use for it? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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