How To Enable Screen Share in Discord
Discord is a full-featured voice and text chat platform that allows you to set up large or small chat servers for your gaming, social, or business groups. However, what a lot of people don’t know about Discord is that it also offers a complete video calling and screen sharing solution as well.
Discord allows you and up to nine other people on your server to do live video chats while simultaneously sharing desktops. This feature is built right into the main Discord app — there are no additional programs to install.
Screen sharing can be incredibly useful and makes Discord a real competitor to other meetings and video calling apps currently on the market. Aside from the added benefits of an alternative messaging application that does not pull unnecessary bandwidth while streaming or gaming; Discord and it’s screen share feature are free!
In this article, I will show you how to configure and use the screen share and video calling features in Discord.
- Setting Up Discord Screen Share & Video Call
- Web Browser Additional Steps
- Using The Video Call & Screen Share Features (Desktop)
- Sharing Your Screen
- Final Thoughts
To get started, we need to make sure your video and audio hardware are properly set up on your Discord client. Hook up whatever webcam and microphone you plan to use to video chat. As Discord’s screen sharing feature is not available on mobile applications, you and your friends will have to do this on the web.
- Go to Settings(The cog icon just to the right of your username in the lower left-hand portion of the Discord interface.
- Scroll to App Settings and select Voice and Video.
- Scroll to the Video Settings section and select your video camera from the drop-down. (Over to the right, you have the option to Test Video in order to make sure everything is working properly.)
Web Browser Additional Steps
If you are using the Discord browser app rather than the standalone client, you may need to enable camera access from the popup in order to successfully use the device.
If so, click the Allow button to confirm access.
This will give Discord permission to access your phone or computer’s microphone and camera in order to ensure that everything works properly.
Adding Friends To Your “Call List”
In order to initiate a video call, you will need to be Friends on Discord with everyone in the calling group. Once everyone you want to put in the call is on your Friends list, it’s time to get the call started!
If you’re not there already, head to your Homepage by clicking on the Discord icon located at the top left of the screen, just above the list of servers of which you’re affiliated.
- Open your Friend List by clicking on Friends.
- From here, either click the username of the friend or hover over their name which will display the option to begin a Video Call.
- By clicking on the friend’s name, you will have opened a DM with them. Above the DM window, you can choose to begin a Video Call by clicking the appropriate icon. (If you hovered over the username rather than clicked on it, you can skip this step)
If you are using the iOS or Android client, you can start a video call by tapping the triple-dot icon at the top right of your screen while in a DM or Group Message and selecting Start Video Call from the options.
Once your call has started, there are several features you can use to arrange things the way you’d like. Here is a breakdown of what you can do.
1. Expand Down Arrow
In the far left, you will see an icon with an “Expand Down” arrow. During a video call, clicking on the arrow will expand your video screen to the maximum height set by you in Discord.
The next two icons at the bottom of the screen will give you the option of swapping from a video call to enabling screen share. You may be familiar with the “Video Call” icon, but the one to the left (a monitor screen with an arrow at the center) is the “Screen Share” icon.
You can swap between the two at any time throughout the call. When swapping to screen share, you can choose which monitor screen to share or a specific application window. You can even swap back and forth between monitor share and application by clicking the screen share icon while already screen sharing.
3. Leave Call Button
The next option is the “Leave Call” button. This button does exactly what it says and when pressed will drop the call. Avoid accidentally clicking on this until you’re actually finished with your call.
4. Mute Toggle & User Settings
To the right of the “Leave Call” button is an icon that looks like a microphone. This is the “Mute Toggle” icon and will mute or unmute your microphone when clicked. Next to that icon is the “User Settings” icon similar to the one in your Discord Homepage window.
5. Toggle Full-Screen
Clicking on this icon will fully expand your video call screen regardless of the current view. To exit full screen, click either the view selector or collapse icon or press the ESC key.
By clicking on a user’s avatar while on the normal screen for a group video call, you pull their video into focus while piling the others into a marquee to the right. To change the focus to a different user, click on another user from the marquee menu.
If you switch to another DM screen or a different server, your video call will pop out to a picture-in-picture view. You can also freely move the window around the screen to a position that works best for you. Video options will still be available within the window. Clicking the name at the top-left will revert to the call in the progress window. On the lower-right, you can click on the icons for screen share and video call at your convenience.
You have the option to enable your sounds on the screen when in screen share mode. This allows those on the other end of the call to hear all the pings and chimes while you guide them around your screen or educating them on a specific application.
For the latter, you’ll need to toggle the SOUND while in the “Application Window”.
Sharing Your Screen
Once everything is all set up and ready to go, you can share your screen within your video call. To do this:
- Tap on the Screen Share icon.
- Choose between your full screen or just one app.
- Click Share.
The user interface for the smartphone version of the Discord app is somewhat different from the desktop version.
If you’re using Discord on your iPhone or Android, here are the different options and features you’ll have access to during a call.
Audio Output (iOS Only)
Located at the top-right of the screen alongside the Switch Camera icon, this option will allow you to swap the audio output between using your iPhone’s default speakers or a wireless headset. The icon is displayed as an iPhone with a speaker at the bottom right.
You can seamlessly switch between your smartphone’s forward-facing and rear-facing cameras. The icon is displayed as a camera with a double-headed arrow.
Towards the bottom-center of your smartphone screen, the left-most icon is the Toggle Camera icon. Tap this icon to toggle your camera view on or off.
The right side icon at the bottom-center of your smartphone screen is the “Toggle Mute” button. Tap this to mute and unmute your phone’s mic during a Discord call.
Does Discord charge to use the screen sharing feature?
No, Discord and all of its features are free. Although there is a Discord Nitro subscription ($9.99/mo. or $99.99/year) that allows some additional features, you don’t need to pay to use screen sharing.
Why am I having trouble sharing my screen?
There are several reasons you may have difficulty with the audio or a video, check out this article for troubleshooting tips and fixes.
Discord’s screen sharing feature is another benefit for users. You can show others what you are doing on your computer without having to download and log into another application.