How to Use “Shared with You” on iPhone/iPad

For years, Apple devices have made it easy to share nearly anything. Website links, videos, photos; you name it, chances are it’s easy to share via Messages, especially if you are sharing with other Apple users. Finding the media and links others share with you was not always easy until now.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 10, 2021

For years, Apple devices have made it easy to share nearly anything. Website links, videos, photos; you name it. Chances are it’s easy to share via Messages, especially if you are sharing with other Apple users. Finding the media and links others share with you was not always easy until now. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for iPhone and iPad running iOS or iPadOS 15 or higher

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What is Shared with You

Shared with You is a feature built into multiple apps on both iPhone and iPad that automatically gathers together any content your contacts have sent you. It works in Messages, but is also built into Apple Music, Apple TV, Podcasts, Photos, and Safari.

This feature works in two ways. First, you can easily view all the various media a contact has shared with you in Messages. Second, you can view all the Apple TV shows, for example, that all of your contacts have shared with you, directly inside that app.

Shared with You is a new feature as of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 or higher, but it works with content sent from older iOS and iPadOS versions. It will even work automatically with some content sent from other devices.

How to Use in Messages

The easiest way to use Shared with You is not all that different from how you would find a friend’s recommendations. First, open the Messages app, then find a conversation with the person whose content you wish to see. Refer to below image:

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A Contact to share with

Now, on this screen you will see some of the contact’s details as you would have before. At the bottom of the screen, you will now notice a new section with media that contact has shared with you. See below image for sharing of Links:

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Sharing a link

How to Use in Safari

Shared with You makes it easy to see all the links to various websites and articles that contacts have sent you.

First, open Safari, then open a new tab to get to the Start Page. Now, scroll down until you see the Shared with You section. Tap any of the links here to open them in a new tab. See the following image:

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Safari Shared with You section

If you do not see a Shared with You section, you might not have it enabled in the Start Page.

To enable the Shared with You section, next, scroll to the bottom of the Start Page and tap Edit. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Edit to enable Shared with You

Now, find and enable the Shared with You toggle. See below image:

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Enable/disable Shared with You

How to Use in Other Apps

While the Messages app provides the easiest way to see everything a given contact has shared, it’s not the only way to use Shared with You. You can also see content shared by your contacts in any supported app.

As of this writing, Shared With You is available for Apple TV, Messages, Photos, Podcasts, and Music.

Too Much Sharing

We all know people who seem to share everything they stumble across on social media. If you know more than one of that sort of person, they could quickly overwhelm you with notifications and content.

The good news is that if you are not interested in seeing some or all Shared with You content, you can turn it off. You can either disable Shared with You entirely or simply turn off the feature on a per-app basis.

First, to disable Shared with You features, open the Settings app. See following image:

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Accessing Settings app

Now, go to Messages. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Messages option

Next, tap Shared With You. See the below image:

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Accessing Shared with You

Here you can customize whether you want to use Shared with You at all or only in certain apps. See following image:

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Enable/disable Shared with You

Quote For the Day

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Author: Raymond

I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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