How to turn off SharePlay on Apple TV in 3 Easy steps

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Apple SharePlay lets you watch movies, listen to music, or share your Apple TV screen with friends and family in real time. So, it’s a great way to connect and enjoy content together. But it brings a bit of inconvenience as well. 

Whenever I receive a FaceTime call on my iPhone, my Apple TV pauses the ongoing content and asks to start SharePlay. However, the FaceTime caller has not initiated it. If you face the same issues, you must disable SharePlay on your Apple TV. Here, I will share how to turn off SharePlay on Apple TV, avoiding interruptions in your streaming experience. 

How to end a SharePlay session on Apple TV

If you use SharePlay on Apple TV, you might already know how to end a session. However, just as a refresher, I’d like to mention the steps here:

  1. Open Control Center by holding down the TV button on Apple TV remote. 
  2. Select SharePlay → Stop SharePlay.

    If you don’t want to receive SharePlay invites from others, you can turn off SharePlay altogether on your Apple TV. Besides, automatically starting SharePlay could expose your personal information and interrupt your “me” time.  

    How to disable SharePlay on Apple TV

    1. Open Settings on your Apple TV. 
    2. Choose User Accounts → Select your username. 
    3. Select Shared with You → Toggle it OFF.

        That’s all! It will disable SharePlay on your Apple TV.

        How to disable SharePlay from iPhone

        But I’ve experienced that only turning off SharePlay on my Apple TV doesn’t resolve the issue. With each FaceTime call, I was still getting SharePlay pop-ups, interrupting my binge-watching. Therefore, I further turned off SharePlay on my iPhone to stop it from automatically starting. 

        Before proceeding, ensure your iPhone and Apple TV are logged in with the same Apple ID. 

        1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone. 
        2. Select FaceTime → SharePlay
        3. Toggle off SharePlay.

          tap facetime, tap shareplay, toggle off shareplay in settings

            Methods to stop SharePlay from automatically starting on Apple TV

            Sometimes disabling the SharePlay feature doesn’t do the trick. In that case, you must perform additional troubleshooting steps to eliminate automatic SharePlay sessions on your Apple TV. 

            1. Restart your Apple TV: After you turn off SharePlay, restart your Apple TV to apply the settings correctly.  
            2. Update your tvOS: Keep your Apple TV updated to avoid potential bugs and glitches. 
            3. Reset your Apple TV: If you’ve tried all the above and SharePlay is still automatically starting, you can reset your Apple TV and disable SharePlay again.  
            4. Contact Apple Support: If the above methods do not resolve the issue, contact Apple Support for further assistance. They can provide specific troubleshooting steps tailored to your situation and help identify any underlying software or hardware issues.

                Enjoy your uninterrupted solo sessions!

                Turning off SharePlay on your Apple TV is a straightforward process that grants you control over your streaming experience. Following the steps mentioned above, you can disable SharePlay effortlessly and enjoy your freedom to choose when and how you share content with others.

                Do you like using SharePlay? Let me know in the comments below!

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                Ava is a die-hard Apple aficionado and seasoned writer with a knack for breaking down complex tech concepts into easily digestible content. Having honed her writing and editing skills over 3 years at renowned media houses like TechBurner, Ava crafts informative and engaging articles including troubleshooting guides, product reviews, editorials at iGeeksBlog. When not typing, you can find her exploring the latest Apple releases or pondering the future of tech innovation.
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