How to Screen Share on Mac Facetime

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Screen sharing on Mac Facetime is a great feature that allows you to share your screen with others during a video call. Whether you’re giving a presentation, troubleshooting a problem, or collaborating on a project, screen sharing can be incredibly useful. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps of how to screen share on Mac Facetime.

Step 1: Start a Facetime Call

To begin screen sharing on Mac Facetime, you first need to start a video call with the person or group you want to share your screen with. Open the FaceTime app on your Mac and select the contact(s) you want to call. If they are not in your contacts list, you can enter their phone number or Apple ID in the search bar at the top of the FaceTime window.

Step 2: Initiate Screen Sharing

Once the call has connected, look for the screen sharing icon located in the bottom center of the FaceTime window. It’s represented by two overlapping rectangles. Click on this icon to initiate screen sharing.


If you’re using macOS Mojave (10.14) or later versions, an additional dialog box will appear asking for permission to record your screen. This is because when you share your screen, it includes both audio and video from your computer. Click “Open System Preferences” in this dialog box to grant permission for screen recording.

Step 3: Choose What to Share

After clicking on the screen sharing icon, a new window will appear giving you options for what you want to share:

  • Entire Screen: This option allows you to share everything that’s currently visible on your monitor(s). Select this if you want to show your entire desktop, including all open windows and applications.
  • Selected Window: This option lets you choose a specific window or application to share. Click on the window or application you want to share, and it will be highlighted with a blue border.

Once you’ve chosen what you want to share, click the “Share” button in the bottom right corner of the screen sharing window.

Step 4: Control Screen Sharing

Once you start screen sharing, a small menu will appear at the top of your screen. This menu allows you to control various aspects of screen sharing:

  • Stop Sharing: To stop sharing your screen, click on the “Stop” button in the menu bar at the top of your screen. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command + Control + Escape.
  • Mute Audio: If you don’t want audio from your computer to be shared during screen sharing, click on the microphone icon in the menu bar to mute audio.

Step 5: End Screen Sharing

To end screen sharing on Mac Facetime, simply click on the “Stop” button in the menu bar at the top of your screen. Alternatively, you can close the FaceTime window or end the call altogether.

Note: Keep in mind that when you stop screen sharing, it will not automatically disconnect your Facetime call. You can continue talking with others on the call without sharing your screen.

Congratulations! You’ve now learned how to screen share on Mac Facetime.

Whether it’s for work or personal use, this feature can greatly enhance collaboration and communication during video calls. Give it a try and see how screen sharing can make your Facetime calls more productive!

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