How To Enable Screen Share in Discord

Posted by Joseph on January 22, 2019

Did you know that Discord is not only an awesome voice and text chatting application, but a pretty sweet video calling and screen sharing application as well? Discord offers you and up to nine of your friends, acquaintances, or total strangers the ability to facetime in real time as well as a way to share what’s happening on your desktop. Not only that, but Discord saw fit to host this features in a side by side format for simultaneous use anytime you have a video call pulled up.

“You’re going down Skype! So, um, how do you use these features?”

I will certainly get into that and more. But first, it may be a wise decision to get everything setup to avoid any issues or oversights in the future.


Setting Up Discord Screen Share & Video Call

The first thing we’ll get started with is making sure that your video is setup and ready to go. Connect whichever audio and video device you plan to use for your video call, and continue on with the steps.


Video/Camera Settings

To begin:

  1. First, you’ll need to access your Settings page. You can do this by left-clicking the cog icon to the right of your username.
  2. From the menu on the left, scroll to the “App Settings” section and select the “Voice & Video” tab. Here, you can adjust your settings for voice and video chat.
  3. Scroll to the “Video Settings” section and choose the device you’ll be using for your camera in the drop-down as labeled. So long as you have a video device available, you’ll be able to select it from the camera options drop-down.
  4. Over to the right, you have the option to “Test Video” in order to make sure everything is working properly and your beautiful face comes through clearly. If you happen to be using the Discord browser app, you may need to enable camera access from the popup in order to successfully use the device.
  5. Click the Allow button to confirm everything is copacetic.


Adding Friends To Your “Call List”

There’s no actual call list per se, it’s just your friends list. But you’ll need to shuffle through your “Friend List” or send a direct message (DM) to those of whom you’d like to video chat/screen share before being allowed to do so.

Now that you’re ready for your closeup:

  1. 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.
  2. Open your “Friend List” by clicking on Friends.

  3. From here, you can either click the username of the friend or, hover over their name which will display the option to begin a Video Call.

    If you chose the hover route, skip the next step.
  4. 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.


You can also achieve this using your iOS or Android device.

For iOS and Android:

Tap the triple dot icon at the top right of your screen while in a DM or Group Message and select Start Video Call from the options.


Using The Video Call & Screen Share Features (Desktop)

With a video call screen opened, there are plenty of bells and whistles you can fidget with to get the most out of your time using the feature. Here is a breakdown of what you can do.

1. Expand Down Arrow

The farthest left icon to work with is the 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.


2. Swapping From Video to Screen Share

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 should be familiar with the Video Call icon by now 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 anytime 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 to click on 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 current view. To exit full screen, click either the view selector or collapse icon or press the ESC key.


Video Marquee

By clicking on a user’s avatar while in 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 user video of focus, click on another user from the marquee menu.

If you’re in need of multitasking while in the midst of a video call, do not fret. Switching to another DM screen or server will pop your video call 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 progress window. On the lower-right, you can click on the icons for screen share and video call at your convenience.


Using The Video Call & Screen Share Features (Desktop)

Just like the desktop version, there are a few different icons splashed on your smartphone screen that I’ll go over.


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.


Switch Camera

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.


Toggle Camera

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.


Toggle Mute

The right side icon at the bottom-center of your smartphone screen. Tap this to mute and unmute your phone’s mic.


Share Sound While Sharing A Screen

You have the option of enabling your sounds on screen when in screen share mode. Allow 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”.

Screen sharing is not currently available on mobile devices.


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