We'll go over several ways to share your Mac's screen with others in the sections below, but your options may be constrained by the devices other collaborators use. So let's get going.
1. Use the Native Screen Sharing App
Unknown to many, macOS comes with a default screen-sharing application with the uninspired name Screen Sharing. It is really simple to use. You can effortlessly share your screen with another device if you have your Apple ID email address.
This kind of screen sharing requires strong and reliable internet connections on both devices. Otherwise, the playback won't operate or will be jerky.
To share your screen with the Screen Sharing app on the target device, follow these instructions:
- Launch Spotlight on the target Mac (Cmd + Space), enter Screen Sharing, and press Return.
- In the resulting little window, enter your Apple ID.
- Return to your Mac now, where a Screen Sharing prompt ought to appear.
- Select Options and click Accept.
Once that's complete, your computer's screen will appear as a new window on the target Mac's desktop.
2. Screen Share During a FaceTime Call
FaceTime is one of the simplest ways to share your Mac's screen with other Apple users because of Apple's SharePlay function. How to utilise it on a Mac is as follows:
- Call a friend on FaceTime.
- Click the FaceTime icon (seen as a white video camera in a green rectangle) in the menu bar by moving your mouse over it.
- Indicated by a screen with a person in the right corner, select the SharePlay icon.
- Either a specific window or the entire screen can be shared.
- Upon selecting, the other person on the call should be able to see what's on your screen.
This method is easier to use because you don't need hostnames or Apple IDs, even though it denies the other user access to your Mac. SharePlay can be used to organise movie nights with friends.
3. Share Your Mac's Screen With AirPlay
Utilising an iPad, Smart TV, or another Mac connected to the same Wi-Fi, you may mirror your Mac's screen on any device that supports AirPlay. What you must do is as follows:
- Open Control Center from the menu bar.
- Select Screen Mirroring, then pick the available output device from the list.
- Select Mirror Built-in Display to share your screen with the other device.
You can AirPlay videos from your iPhone or iPad to a Mac because contemporary Macs are also capable of acting as AirPlay receivers.
4. Use iMessage for Screen Sharing
To share your Mac's screen with other iMessage users, utilise the built-in Messages programme. It functions similarly to the earlier discussion of Screen Sharing in this page, but instead of requesting a hostname, it instantly connects you.
Here's how to use it:
- Open Messages from the Dock and find who you would like to share your screen with.
- Start a conversation with them.
- Mouse up to the menu bar and select Conversation.
- Click Invite to Share My Screen and wait for the person to accept.
- When they accept, you'll see the screen sharing notifier highlighted on the menu bar. You can select options from there to set your screen-sharing preferences.
5. Screen Share via Third-Party Apps
You can use third-party apps in addition to built-in ones to share the screen of your Mac. The majority of them also have a functional online counterpart. Zoom, Discord, and Google Meet are three of these applications that we suggest. They all require authorization to view the screen of your Mac, though.