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iOS 15 Shared with You — what it is and how it works

How to use iOS 15's Shared with You feature
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The Shared with You feature in iOS 15 brings some organizational order to the chaos of all your photos, links and other content people are sending to you via Messages. Now, when someone texts you a photo or sends you the link to a website, they'll still appear in Messages, but there's also a special Shared with You section in each relevant app that collects all those shared items.

The idea behind Shared with You is that you don't always have the time right then and there to tap on a website link or enjoy a photo. Rather than have you scroll back in a conversation to find that shared content, Shared with You collects it in an easy-to-find place. Even better, links within the Shared with You section allow you to reply back to the sender, without having to jump back into Messages. It's very convenient.

But because Shared with You is new, it takes a little getting used to, especially since the commenting feature isn't readily apparent. Here's a close look at how Shared With You works and how you can use it to streamline your texting.

Where to find Shared with You in iOS 15

Shared with You isn't tied to any one app. Rather, it's a section that appears in multiple apps — Photos, Safari, News, Podcasts, Music and TV all support Shared with You. Whenever someone shares content that's relevant to that particular app, it will appear in that apps's Shared with You section. (In the case of links to news articles from the web, if that article is also available through the Apple News app, the link appears in the Shared with You sections of both that app as well as Safari.

Where Shared with You pops up differs from app to app. Here's a rundown of where to find it.

Shared with You appears in different iOS 15 apps like Safari, Photos and TV

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Photos: Shared with You lives in the For You tab of the Photos app. You'll need to scroll down to find it on your iPhone, as it's located below Memories and Featured Photos.

Safari: You'll find Shared with You websites and links on the start page of Safari. (That's the page that appears when you hit the plus button on the location bar to open up a new browser tab.) Shared with You is just below your collection of Frequently Visited sites.

News: Shared with You content lives on the main News tab. If you're having trouble finding it — there's a lot to scroll through on News — you can jump to the Following tab, where there's a link to Shared with You stories.

Podcasts: The new look Podcasts app places Shared with You content just below the Up Next section that contains the latest episodes of your favorite podcasts.

TV: Shared with You links to TV shows and movies are on the Watch Now of Apple's TV app, though you'll have to scroll a ways to find them. I found the Shared with You section just below the Trending section, which is already located well beneath promoted and curated content from Apple.

Music: The Listen Now tab hosts Shared with You songs and playlists. 

As noted above, when you viewing Shared with You content in any of the apps that support it, you'll be able to reply from within that app without having to launch Messages. Here's how the feature works, using Photos as an example.

1. From the Shared with You section, tap the photo you want to comment on.

Shared with You lets you comment on photos from within the Photos app

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2. The name of person who shared the photo appears at the top of the screen. Tap the name.

Shared with You lets you comment on photos from within the Photos app

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3. A Messages-like interface appears where you can type out a reply. Send it like you would any other message.

Shared With You replies appear in Messages

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That reply will then appear in the Messages conversation as if you had sent it from within the app.

Shared With You replies appear in Messages

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While we focused on Photos in that example, the process works the same in the Shared with You section of other apps. In Safari, for example, the name of the person who shared a web page with you appears under that page's thumbnail. Tap the name, and you'll get the same Messages interface for replying or commenting on the article.

Shared with You also lets you comment from Safari for replies in Messages

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How to pin Shared with You content in iOS 15

Sometimes you want to keep track of something someone shared with you in the Messages app itself. In iOS 15, you can pin that content in Messages to easily find it later. Here's how.

1. Press and hold the piece of content you want to pin.

Here's how to pin Shared with You content

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2. A pop-up menu will appear. Select Pin.

Here's how to pin Shared with You content

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3. If you need to find that content later, tap the search bar in Messages. A Pins section will give you one-tap access to anything you've pinned.

Here's how to pin Shared with You content

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Philip Michaels
Philip Michaels is a senior editor at Tom's Guide. He has strong opinions about Apple, the Oakland Athletics and old movies. Follow him at @PhilipMichaels.