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How to use Shared with You in iOS 15, iPadOS 15

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 add a “Shared with You” feature to take advantage of times when others share content with you from the Music, Apple TV, News, Photos, Podcasts, and Safari apps.

Find shared content

Content that’s shared with you in the Messages app is automatically organized in a Shared with You section in the Music, Apple TV, News, Photos, Podcasts, and Safari apps. From each app that supports Shared with You, you can easily reply to the person who sent you the content. Tap the person’s name listed under or near the content they shared, then reply within Messages.

Continue the conversation

Content that’s shared with you is automatically labeled in the corresponding apps. This lets you see who shared the content with you later and easily continue the conversation about it inline. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the Shared with You section of the app. 
  2. Tap the content that was shared with you.
  3. Tap the “From [Name]” label near the content.
  4. Reply to the shared content, then tap the Send button

Pin content in Messages

For content that’s interesting to you, you can quickly pin it in Messages to easily keep track of it in Shared with You, Messages search, and the Details view of the conversation. Here’s how:

Go to the Messages conversation. 

Touch and hold the piece of content within the thread.

Tap the Pin button.

Repeat the steps to unpin the content.

To find the pinned content:

Go to the Messages conversation. 

Tap the name at the top of the thread.

Scroll down until you see the Pins section.

You can also tap the Search bar in Messages to see a Pins section.

(BTW, photos can be saved to your library, but not pinned.)

Share content

Here’s how to share content through the Messages app across the different apps that support Shared with You:

Music: Select the song or album you want to share, tap the More button, then tap Share Song or Share Album, choose Messages, then select your contact and send the message.

TV: Select the TV show or movie, tap the Share button, choose Messages, then select your contact and send the message.

Safari: Go to the website you want to share, tap the Share button, choose Messages, then select your contact and send the message.

Photos: Select the Photo you want to share, tap the Share button, choose Messages, then select your contact and send the message.

Podcasts: Select the Podcast you want to share, tap the More button, then tap the Share button. Choose Messages, then select your contact and send the message.

News: Select the article you want to share, tap the More button, then tap Share Story. Choose Messages, then select your contact and send the message.

Remove shared content

  1. Go to the Shared with You section of the app.
  2. Touch and hold the thumbnail for the content, such as a News article or a Podcast.
  3. Tap Remove.

Depending on the app, you might see different options for removing the shared content.

To customize the shared content that you see in Shared with You in the corresponding apps:

Go to Settings > Messages.

Tap Shared with You.

Choose the apps where you want to see shared content.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple’s support pages.)

the authorDennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.

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