How to Share Your Screen on Discord on a PC and Mobile

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Discord has become a key channel of communication for many people, and not just gamers. Knowing how to share your screen on Discord can allow you to show other people what you’re up to, share gaming footage or even tutorials.

Discord screen share on your computer

When you are using a laptop or desktop computer, there is the option to Discord screen share within a chat and even choose which of the windows you will be able to share.

How to share a screen in a Discord voice channel

Discord has voice channels as well as private chats, and you can share your screen in either. A Discord screen share in a server is pretty straightforward:

  1. Follow your invitation link to join a server and then join a voice channel within the server.

  2. Press the Share your screen icon in the voice status panel, a new window then pops up to give you control of what to share.

  3. Select whether you want to share the whole window, an individual tab, or a program window.

  4. Press the Go Live button, and you will be ready to share what is happening on your screen.

How to share a screen in a voice or video call

In a video or voice call, you will still be using the same Go Live feature in order to share what is happening on your screen.

  1. Start or join a voice or video call with somebody.

  2. You will see the Share your screen icon in the voice status panel again, which you can select.

  3. Select whether you want to share the whole of your window, an individual tab, or a program window.

  4. Press the Go Live button.

How to screen share on Discord mobile

You can easily screen share on Discord on your phone or other mobile devices. For instance, you can share what you are doing on an app. Below, we cover how to screen share on the Discord mobile app.

Information on sharing a screen on mobile

Knowing how to share your screen on Discord mobile is not always enough to share exactly what you want, as some apps have blocked the function. For instance, you cannot share Netflix via voice channel or direct message on Discord.


It’s also important to know you can’t just choose to share one app or one window, as the whole of your display will be shared, including any notifications when people view the screen share.

How to share a screen in a Discord voice channel on mobile

You can share your screen to all the other members within a Discord voice channel from your mobile device:

  1. Launch the Discord app and open the relevant voice chat.

  2. To join the voice channel, select Join Voice.

  3. You will now be able to tap the Share Screen button, which will give you a confirmation before starting. iPhones give you the Start Broadcast button, whereas Android will say Start Now.

  4. Minimize the app and navigate to whatever you wish to share. For instance, a game.

How to share a screen in a private voice or video call on mobile

In a private voice call or video call, it is simple to stream your screen on Discord:

  1. Launch the Discord app and start a voice call or video call.

  2. Tap Share Screen or if you don’t see this menu, swipe up for more options.

  3. Confirm that you wish to start the broadcast when the confirmation screen pops up.

  4. Navigate to whatever you wish to share, such as a browser window or the Photos app.

Discord screen sharing for gaming

Can you screen share on Discord from a game? Discord’s website explains: “To share your game it needs to be recognized by our built-in game detection system.” 

To check if this is the case, you can launch the game you wish to play and share, and then go back to the Discord server or chat in question. If there is a Go Live panel, then you can quickly press Stream to start the Discord server screen share.

The steps are:

  1. Launch the game you wish to share.

  2. Navigate to the Discord chat or server to see if there is an option to Go Live from the game.

  3. If the game hasn’t appeared, try adding the game by going to User Settings > Game Activity > Add it!

  4. If the game is recognized, when you select the Stream button, there will be a pop-up window for you to choose the voice channels you want to share.

  5. Click Go Live and you will start to see a Picture-in-Picture window to see exactly what you are sharing.

How to manage quality of your stream or screen sharing

There are ways to manage the quality of your Discord screen sharing. The frame rate and resolution of your stream can be adjusted from the Screen button, which is above your status bar. Also, when you start sharing your screen, you will see some options for the sharing quality. The type of quality you can use depends on the account you have.

  • All users can stream up to 720p/30 FPS

  • Nitro Classic users can stream to 1080p/60 FPS

  • Nitro subscribers have the option to use 4K/60 FPS


It’s easy to adjust the quality in both Go Live and Screen Share functions.

How to manage screen sharing

There are a few ways to ensure you have full control when you want to share your screen on Discord on a PC or mobile device.

How to share your screen and video from webcam at the same time

You can send both your webcam stream and a Go Live stream at the same time. To do so, launch the stream as shown above and click the Video button at the bottom-left corner of the program’s window.

How to share your screen with sound

Discord gives you two ways of sharing your screen activity: streaming the screen image or streaming a specific window. If you stream the screen itself, the stream will lack the system audio. So, to stream with sound, you need to stay in the Applications tab and choose an appropriate window from it.

How to mute and unmute your microphone while sharing the screen

As you are effectively on a call in most of the screen sharing scenarios, you can use the Microphone icon at the bottom-left corner of the microphone icon. Pressing it mutes and unmutes the sound. This is how the app works on Windows 10, macOS, and Linux. On a smartphone, you’ll find the icon at the bottom of the screen.

How to stop sharing

To stop sharing, just click the Stop Streaming button right above the user panel on the desktop version and at the center of the screen on a mobile device.

How to change the layout while streaming

While streaming, in the top right corner you will see the Layout icon at the top right part of the screen, which allows you to switch between Focus and Grid. The Focus mode uses one screen as the main visual, while the Grid mode makes all the screen feeds the same size.

Tips on screen sharing

There are a few ways to make sure that your streaming goes to plan and is as high-quality as possible. The more you attempt to share your screen on Discord on either PC or mobile, the better you will get, and the more you will understand all the little details of the program.

  • Make sure that you turn notifications off when streaming, as these can ruin the stream or even share personal information with people who watch your screen share.

  • Stream in the highest quality allowed, and if you want, you may even upgrade your Discord membership.

  • Always do a test run to make sure you know how the sharing works.

Summary

Hopefully, this guide has helped you find out more about Discord sharing features and covered Go Live vs. Screen Share options. Being able to share screens on Discord on your PC and mobile makes it possible to share some exciting and interesting gameplay or tutorials with your friends, even from a distance. Lots of gamers make use of the screen share feature on Discord, and it doesn’t take much to get used to all the different features to share in a private chat or go live to a big group.

Frequently asked questions

Why can't I share my screen on Discord?

It could be that you have not been given sharing permissions within Discord, which means that you are not able to share your screen with others. Of course, it could also be a technical issue with sharing, and some apps and programs block screen sharing.

Do I need screen share permissions?

It is possible that you need to share permissions to use your microphone or to share from a certain source. Also, admins of groups on Discord must share permissions within Server settings > Roles. Here, you can find the Video permissions setting that you can enable or disable for each user.

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