Skype for iOS Now Lets You Share Your iPhone Screen With a Friend

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Skype this week launched a new screen sharing feature on iOS and Android devices, allowing users to share their smartphone screens with any of their Skype friends. Microsoft said that this should be useful for helping family members figure out their new smartphone, shopping online with a friend, and more.


    Skype on desktop already supports screen sharing, but this is a brand new addition for the iOS and Android apps and was previously in beta testing earlier this year. To find the feature on your iPhone, start a Skype call, tap the "..." menu at the bottom right of the screen, and choose to start sharing your screen.

    The company has also redesigned the app to streamline video calls: users can simply tap to dismiss all call controls so they can see their friend or family member without any obstructions. To remove all UI from the call, they can double tap the screen, and then single tap again to bring everything back.

    Skype for iPhone is available to download for free [Direct Link], and the new screen sharing feature is available on devices running iOS 12 and up.

    Article Link: Skype for iOS Now Lets You Share Your iPhone Screen With a Friend
  2. BootsWalking macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2014
    A third-party app that can share your screen with someone who calls you? What could possibly go wrong? I'm surprised iOS even allows this functionality.
  3. Fradley macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2015
    It doesn’t sound too dissimilar to TeamViewer QuickSupport which achieves much the same using a slightly clunky screen recording ‘fudge’
  4. Newjackboy macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2012
  5. davie18 macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2010

    I’ve spent many times hitting my face against a brick wall trying to explain to my mum what to do on her phone to fix/do general things and this should make that much easier.
  6. RobNYC macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2008
    New York, NY
  7. Sharewaredemon macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Cape Breton Island
    It's actually built into the iChat protocol that still lingers in Messages for Mac OS.
    If you are communicating with someone who uses iMessage you can share, and even control each others screens if they both are using Mac OS.
    On Mac OS, the feature has been around for over ten years now I think.
  8. chucker23n1 macrumors 68020


    Dec 7, 2014
    As you can see on the third screen, the user has to opt in.
  9. BootsWalking macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2014
    The user was supposed to have to opt in on Group FaceTime as well by answering the call, but as we learned the potential for privacy-leaking bugs for such a potentially-invasive feature is pretty high. That is what I meant by "what could possibly go wrong?"
  10. mlody macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2012
    Windy City
    Facetime needs this ability like yesterday.
  11. Konigi macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2017
    Montréal, Québec
    And what if you don't have friends, only colleagues? Is it restricted to friends? XD
    And if so, how do they know you're friends?
  12. chucker23n1 macrumors 68020


    Dec 7, 2014
    Skype is the consumer product; Teams (née Skype for Business, Lync, OCS and all sorts of other crazy rebrandings) is the new business version.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 5, 2019 ---
    I don't think "we risk privacy bugs; ergo, we shouldn't offer this feature at all" is a reasonable path here.
  13. rishiomedia macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2015
    The update is still not available for download on my iPhone (I’m on iPhone and running the latest version of iOS. Has anyone else not gotten the update yet? I keep waiting because this would be so useful for me..

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