How To Screen Share On Discord

Do you want to share your screen or audio on Discord? It's very easy! Here is a super simple guide on how to screen share on Discord, both on PC and mobile.

One of the most outstanding features of Discord is that users can share their games, videos, or any other window. Users can also swap 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 aren’t streaming text, go with Smoother Video or Custom with 720p resolution and 30FPS.

Screen Share Streaming Options
Streaming Options

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.

Streaming Discord User with red LIVE indicator
Streaming Discord User

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.

Sharing Application/Window

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 “Display” 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.

Screen Share Available Windows or Application for streaming
Available Windows/Application for streaming

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.

Discord 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.

Screen Share on Discord mobile

It’s that straightforward! You will immediately start sharing your device’s screen with everyone that joins your stream.

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