SharePlay, which allows users to listen to music, watch TV episodes, play games, and more while on a FaceTime conversation with friends or family, was one of the most anticipated features in iOS 15. Many applications are being updated to take use of this capability so that users may enjoy them together.
TikTok, with its new “For Us” tab, is one of the apps that added a particular touch when users were on a FaceTime conversation utilizing SharePlay.
Instead of the “For You” page displaying for users when browsing TikTok, this tab will be labeled “For Us” if they are on a FaceTime chat utilizing SharePlay, as discovered by Twitter user Aether Aurelia.
This “For Us” page combines the finest of users’ favorite recommendations and algorithms, making viewing TikTok with someone else even more entertaining. Aether spoke about his experience with this feature:
It’s essentially a synced page between the devices on the SharePlay session, it also seems to mix interests. From what I can tell it just mixes them, although when I swiped to the next video it seemed more targeted towards me, when Tom swiped it seemed targeted towards him
Sharing videos is one of the most popular TikTok hobbies. While you may name someone or simply DM them, being able to watch together at any moment is far superior.
When Apple debuted SharePlay at WWDC21, for example, this is precisely what the firm had in mind: bringing people together via a FaceTime chat to listen to music, watch movies, and discover new ways to communicate online.
How to use SharePlay on iPhone and iPad
- Make sure you’ve updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS 15.1 (SharePlay is coming later this fall to macOS Monterey)
- Start a FaceTime call (they must be running iOS 15.1 too)
- Once connected, open TikTok, then click on the SharePlay button
- Make sure to share your screen and the “For You” page will become “For Us”
- To end SharePlay or screen sharing, tap the icon in the top left of your iPhone, tap the SharePlay icon, then End SharePlay/Screen Sharing
MacOS users do not have access to SharePlay at this time. Starting with macOS 12.1, which should be released in a few weeks, Apple is preparing to offer the capability to Macs.