Screen sharing allows you to access someone else’s computer without physically being next to it. There are plenty of problems that can be solved by sharing your screen and various situations when you might need it. 

When it comes to professional collaboration and working with a remote team, 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 coworker when asking for help. 

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    Someone using FaceTime on a laptop

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

    It’s easy to share the screen on FaceTime on a Mac. There are multiple ways to do it. 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 a Mac user, FaceTime is the go-to app when it comes to video calls. While it might not be the best video conferencing app out there, Apple users still choose FaceTime over other tools. It’s easy to use, it provides great quality, and your contacts are always just a few clicks away.

    FaceTime and Messages icon

    However, once you start using FaceTime for more than just a quick call with a friend, you might want to get more out of it. For example, when you arrange a group meeting and need to share your screen on FaceTime with everyone, you’ll be surprised to find there is no obvious screen sharing option. 

    Use The Webcam To Share Your Screen on FaceTime

    If you’re using a physical webcam, you can set it up facing your computer screen instead of your face. 


    That way, your contacts will get to 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 via the Messages app that also comes pre-installed on Mac. There’s no need to download anything or create any new accounts. Just follow these steps:

    1. Open the Messages app and sign in with your Apple ID account. 
    Details button in Messages
    1. Find the chat with the user that you want to share your screen with. Alternatively, start a new chat with them.
    2. In the upper right corner of the chat, find the Details button and click on it. 
    3. Tap on the double screen icon. 
    Ask to Share Screen menu under Details
    1. Now you can choose from Invite to Share My Screen and Ask to Share Screen
    Invite to Share My Screen in right-click menu

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

    Ask to Share Screen in right-click menu

    Another way to do it is through the app’s ribbon menu. At the top of the screen, choose Buddies from the menu. There, you will find the same Invite to Share My Screen and Ask to Share Screen options to choose from. 

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

    Use Messages To Access Their Mac

    Sometimes simply showing your screen to the other user isn’t enough. If you want to make it more interactive, you can invite them to control your computer or ask to access theirs. 

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

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

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

    To revoke control, click on the double-screen icon again and disable that function. 

    How to Share Your Screen Offline

    Even when there’s no internet access, you can use the built-in Screen Sharing app to connect to another Mac remotely. 

    screen sharing in Spotlight Search

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

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

    Connect To window in Screen Sharing

    The only downside with this method is that there’s no space for messaging or discussing the issues during the screen-sharing session. However, you can use Facetime or Messages for that. 

    Share Your Screen On FaceTime With Anyone

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

    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 remote connect to any computer

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