Apple announced iOS 15 and macOS 12 Monterey in June, in addition to other updates to the Apple operating system. While supported iPhones can now run the latest and greatest version of iOS, Mac users will have to wait. It’s common for major macOS upgrades to arrive around two months after iOS, due to the complexity of the operating system. iOS 15 and macOS 12 Monterey bring Shared with you Support. This is a new feature of iMessage that helps you find the links received at their respective locations.
What is shared with you?
Shared with you is a new feature that requires iOS 15, iPadOS 15, or macOS 12 Monterey. When you receive a link through the Messages app, the URL appears as a thumbnail in the appropriate app. So, for example, if someone sends you a link to a song on Apple Music, that song will appear in a new Shared with you section in the Music app.
This feature works on Apple Podcasts, Apple Music, Apple TV, and the Apple News app. If a shared link doesn’t apply to any of the Apple apps mentioned, it will appear in Safari on the start page. It should be mentioned that this feature also works for photos. When someone shares photos with you through iMessage, they might appear in the Photos app, with a tag showing who they’re from.
How to use Shared with you
Shared with you works automatically, unless you turn it off. Whenever you receive a certain link through iMessage, you will find it in the appropriate app. To make sure Shared with you is turned on, follow the steps below:
- Go to the Settings app.
- Scroll down until you find messages and click on it.
- Click on Shared with you.
- Make sure it’s on – if you want to – and turn off any apps you want to exclude, if any.
After making sure it’s enabled, the feature should work as expected.
Other things you should know:
- When you receive an Apple Music link, clicking on it will not only open the Music app. Now it will also display the name of the contact who shared it.
- The Shared with you section of the Music app appears in the Listen now tongue.
- If you tap and hold on a link received in a thread, you can pin it to the respective app.
- The link will always appear in the Shared with you section as usual, but there will be a pin on it and will be pushed up to emphasize its importance to you.
- In the Music app, clicking on the sender’s name will open the Messages thread where the link was first shared. You can then reply to it directly, without having to search for it and manually press “Reply” in Messages. It works on all supported apps, not just Music.
The process on macOS 12 Monterey is the same as on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. As long as the feature is enabled, all links received through iMessage should appear in one app or another. Unfortunately, this feature only works with the Messages app at this time, so links received through other instant messaging apps, such as Telegram, will not show.
In my opinion, this makes the feature almost useless in regions where iMessage is not commonly used. Until macOS 12 Monterey is released to the public and you can try this feature out on your Mac, you can check out our list of the best apps for Apple Silicon Macs.
What do you think of the Shared with You feature? Do you use iMessage for the majority of your instant messaging communications? Let us know in the comments section below.