Messages Screenshare feature

There’s a plethora of new features to be found in Yosemite, and one of the latest has been found in the Messages app. Along with the ability to initiate FaceTime audio and video calls directly from a Messages app conversation, comes the ability to initiate screen sharing.

Users will be able to either request a screen sharing session from another user, or initiate their own screen sharing session directly from the Messages app. Check inside for more details.Yosemite OS X Messages

Although I was unable to fully test the functionality of this new screen sharing feature, it’s easy to see that the hooks are there to support screen sharing via the Messages app.

To see the option, open the Messages app while running Yosemite, initiate an iMessage conversation, and click on the Details button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. The details include Do Not Disturb options, along with the ability to initiate a FaceTime video or audio call via the video and audio icons that appear to the right of the contact e-mail address or phone number.

Yosemite Messages Invite Screen share

To the left of the video and audio icons lies the screen sharing button. This button, which looks like two rectangles, one on top of the other, provides users with two options upon clicking it. The first option allows you to “Invite to share my screen” and the second option allows you to “Ask to share my screen.”

The previous version of OS X did not include a Details button in the upper right-hand corner of an ongoing conversation. While it did include the FaceTime audio and video icons, that was the full extent of additional options. Compare the image below with the other images in this post:

Old Messages app

For comparison, the Message app buttons in OS X Mavericks

While there’s little detail as to the pervasiveness of the screen sharing feature, I’m guessing that the feature will be available to iMessage users running OS X 10.10 Yosemite. It would be nice if the option extended to users on the iOS platforms, however.

What do you think about being able to initiate screen sharing directly from the Messages app? Would this cause you to consider using the feature more often? Sound off in the comments section below.

  • Marcus

    I’ve always missed this feature from iChat. I’m glad that it’s going to be back!

  • Guest

    Is it capable to share screen with idevices? Maybe share my iPhone screen with my mbp? That would be awesome by default in OSX

    • Marcus

      I doubt this would be part of Yosemite and iOS 8. It’ll most likely be possible in a future update though.

  • Sebastián Junca 

    It would be great to share screens with ios8…

    • Marcus

      How would sharing screens with iOS 8 devices be “frat”? That doesn’t even make sense man, sorry.

      • Terry Johnson

        geed ^

      • Uhm, demoing apps/tweaks to a friend? It’ll be laggy as hell on today’s iDevices with very limited RAM.

      • Sebastián Junca 

        *great not frat… It was the autocorrect sorry

  • RyanFoley

    Me and my friends were screen sharing in Mountain Lion. It was hidden along with other iChat features, but it was most certainly there.

  • Litchy

    My mom says thanks 😀

    • Bob

      Tell her I said she’s welcome. She was great last night.

    • jack

      I bet you dont talk to your father

  • BoardDWorld

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Nicholas Osborne

    Has someone been compiling a complete list of all the new Yosemite features together?

  • Alex Marwaha

    This isnt working for me! Me and my friend both have Yosemite and we both tried clicking the invite AND ask to share screen buttons and nothing is happening! What are we doing wrong?

    • Christopher Chapman

      same for me

    • Craig

      same here – i have searched Google for any reports about it, but cant find anything, or a detailed instruction about what needs to be active on each machine for it to work. When I try this with my friend we both have the same set up, screen sharing enabled etc., but once he accepts the invite it just hangs and does nothing and I get a failed response with advice to check network settings etc.