One of the most notable features of Discord is that users can stream their games, videos, or pretty much any other window. Users can even share their entire screen.
If you haven’t used this feature before or want to become more familiar with it, this guide will help you learn how it works and how to use it.
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Screen Sharing Desktop
As of writing, the screen share feature is available on every operating system/platform, except Xbox, but it will likely become available there in the future.
Let’s look at what you need to do when you want to share your desktop screen.
The first step is to join a voice channel. Once you’ve done that, look at the bottom-left of Discord. You should be able to see a button called “Screen.” Click it, and you will see several options and two tabs, “Applications” and “Screens”.
As you want to share your screen, go into Screens and make your selection. If you have one monitor, you will likely only see one option.
Once you have made your selection, you also need to pick the stream quality. Choose from Smoother Video, Better Text Readability, or Custom. If you plan to stream a text document or anything that requires reading, we recommend the second option.
If you won’t be streaming text, go with Smoother Video or Custom with 720p resolution and 30FPS.
If you want higher resolution and framerate, you will need either an active Nitro subscription or fifteen server boosts. Otherwise, the options will be locked.
With these settings adjusted, press Go Live. To check that you are streaming, look at the channel. You should be able to see a red LIVE indicator next to your username.
For users to join your stream, all they need to do is double-click your username.
Remember, users won’t be able to hear the audio coming from your computer. If you have been wondering how to share audio on Discord, keep reading.
When choosing which monitor you want to stream, you might have noticed the many different options/applications available. One of the best things about this feature is that you don’t have to stream your entire screen.
Instead, you can stream a specific window. This is very useful if you want to show your friends the game you are playing. Streaming a specific window also allows you to share audio, unlike screen sharing. Let’s look at how to do this.
Press the same “Screen” button on the bottom-left but go into the “Applications” tab this time. Here, you should be able to see all of your open windows. Select whichever window you want to share, adjust the quality settings and Go Live.
If your friends notice that your stream is stuttering/lagging, or if you see that your games are stuttering, try reducing the framerate or resolution.
Direct Messaging Screen Share
If you want to share something private, we recommend using screen share via direct messaging.
To do that, head to Home, select the friend you want to share with, press Start Voice Call (top-right), wait for your friend to answer, then press Share Your Screen.
Mobile Screen Sharing
As of December 2020, screen sharing on Discord mobile has been made available, which is very useful!
To begin a screen share on your Android or iOS device, join a voice channel or make a direct voice call to any of your friends. Once the call has started, drag up the horizontal line from the bottom and press Screen Share.
It’s that simple! You will immediately start sharing your device’s screen with everyone that joins your stream.