One of the most impressive features of Discord is that users can stream their games, videos, or pretty much any window. Users can even share their entire screen.
However, if you are not familiar with this feature, you can refer to this guide to learn how it works and how to use it.
Screen Sharing Desktop
The screen share feature is available on all operating systems/platforms, except on Xbox, but it will probably be available there too in the future.
Either way, let’s check out precisely what you should do when trying to share your desktop screen.
The first thing you need to do is join a voice channel. Once you’ve done that, take a glance at the bottom-left of Discord, and you should be able to see a button named “Screen.” Click on it, and you should be able to see several available options and two tabs, “Applications” and “Screens.”
Since you are looking to share your screen, go into Screens and make your choice. If you have only one monitor, you will likely have only one option.
Once you make your selection, you will need to pick the stream quality too. Choose between Smoother Video, Better Text Readability, or Custom. If you plan on streaming a text document or anything that requires reading, we recommend the second option.
If it is anything else, go with Smoother Video or Custom with 720p resolution and 30FPS.
For those that want higher resolution and framerate, you will either need to have Nitro or fifteen server boosts. Otherwise, those options will be locked.
With the settings adjusted, hit Go Live. To confirm that you are streaming, look at the channel, and you should be able to see a red LIVE indicator right next to your username.
For users to join your stream, all they have to do is double-click your username.
Remember, users won’t be able to hear the audio coming from your computer, so if you have been wondering how to share audio on Discord, keep reading.
While choosing which monitor you want to stream, you probably noticed all those different options/applications available. Well, that’s the great thing about this feature! You don’t have to stream your entire screen.
Instead, you can stream a specific window. This is especially useful if you want to show your friends the game you are playing. Additionally, streaming a specific window also comes with audio, unlike screen sharing. Let’s look at how to do this.
Hit that same “Screen” button on your bottom-left but go into the “Applications” tab this time. In here, you should be able to see all of your opened windows. Select whichever window you want, adjust the quality settings and Go Live.
If your friends notice that your stream is stuttering/lagging, or if you realize that your games are stuttering, try reducing the framerate or resolution.
Direct Messaging Screen Share
For those that want to share something private, we suggest using the screen share via direct messaging.
To do that, head to Home, select the friend you want to talk with, hit Start Voice Call (top-right), wait for your friend to pick up, and then press Share Your Screen.
Mobile Screen Sharing
As of December 2020, screen sharing on Discord mobile has been made possible, 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. After that, drag the horizontal line from the bottom and then hit Screen Share.
It’s that simple! You will immediately start sharing your device’s screen with everyone that joins your stream.