Apple released SharePlay for FaceTime with the iOS 15.1 update, and it’s coming to Mac soon. The function is supported in many Apple and third-party applications. Now it has appeared on the Twitch app as well.
To use SharePlay, all participants in a Group FaceTime call must have access to the service they are using. For example, if you want to watch a movie together by subscription, then all participants in the call must subscribe.
For Twitch, the SharePlay function shouldn’t have any restrictions. Call participants only need to have a free account in the Twitch app. This is how it works:
- When the call is on, open the Twitch app and start the stream you want to watch together.
- The first time you use SharePlay, FaceTime will ask you if you want to watch the stream yourself or with the people on the call. The function will remember your choice for the future.
- If you choose to co-watch, the Twitch stream will appear on the devices of all participants in the call. It will sync across all devices.
- Stream playback will be automatically synchronized for all call participants. If you pause the broadcast, it will stop at your interlocutors.
During the joint viewing of streams through SharePlay, each call participant can write to the chat, subscribe, etc. from his personal account. Each participant can also change streams.
Anyone on the call can change their Twitch channel. The first time you try to do this, the function will ask if you want to change the channel for all participants in the call.
SharePlay supports Apple TV, and Twitch has a video player for tvOS. However, for now, support for the feature is only available for iPhone and iPad. Twitch for iOS can be downloaded for free from the App Store.