The ability to share a screen on Discord mobile is a feature that was long overdue. Considering it’s one of the best features on Discord, mobile users can now enjoy its many benefits.
But, first, you must know how it works and that’s what we’ll be discussing in this article. So, read to the end to get all the details.
How to start screen sharing on Discord mobile
To start, your device must meet the following requirements for you to be able to screen share on both Android and iOS.
- You need Android Lollipop 5.0 and above.
- iOS devices must have iOS 13 and above.
- Audio sharing during a screen share session on Android requires Android 10 and above.
Note that some apps may not support audio sharing on Android. Also. you can’t use the feature on streaming apps like Spotify and Netflix.
Here are the steps to follow to start screen share on Discord mobile
- Launch your Discord app and initiate a voice/video call. To do that, open a personal chat or group DM and tap on the voice or video icon at the top-right corner of the screen.
- If you want to screen share on a voice channel, look for the channel and join.
- After initiating the call, swipe up from the bottom of the audio call screen interface to expose the screen share button. If it’s a video call, the screen share option is in the bottom row among the quick controls.
- For a voice channel, you’ll have to request screen share permission from the Administrator if you find the screen share icon is greyed out.
- Immediately after you tap the screen share button, a prompt will pop-up asking you to confirm the action. Tap on “Start Now”/”Start Broadcast” to begin sharing your screen.
- You’ll see a message informing you “You’re now sharing your screen”.
- You can now open other apps or pages you wish to share with your friends.
How to stop sharing your screen on Discord mobile
To stop the screen share session, you can either:
- Go back to the Discord app and from the screen share confirmation page, tap on “Stop Sharing”.
- Tap on the screen share icon on the bottom navigation.
- Open your notification panel and tap on “Stop Streaming” on your Discord app’s notification.
How to join a friend’s screen share session
When your friend starts sharing their screen while on a voice/video call with them, you’ll see a pop-up button titled “Join/Watch Stream”. Tap on it to screen share.
You can join another friend’s screen share and switch between the different streams by tapping on the “Watch Stream” button for a particular screen share.
Also, if you open a channel and see a red “LIVE” tag next to a person’s name, it means they’re sharing their screen. Click on the person’s account to join their stream. After you join, they will be notified that you’re tuned in.
To access the stream settings during a friend’s stream session, simply swipe from the bottom of the screen. Here, you can turn on your camera, turn on or mute the sound, adjust the volume, share your screen in return, or leave the stream.
How to share screen on Discord with sound
If you’re using Android, Discord automatically shares the sound playing on your device. And, if you enable the microphone, the viewers will hear you talk.
iPhone users must enable the microphone while using screen sharing so that viewers can hear the sound. To do that, start screen sharing > Open control center > tap and hold the screen recording button. When the screen recording customization screen opens, tap on the Microphone button.
What’s the discord screen share limit?
Currently, Discord supports a maximum of 50 viewers per screen share in voice channels or video calls.
However, you need to use precautions when screen sharing.
When you screen share on discord, your entire screen is displayed to the viewers—including the apps you navigate to and incoming notifications. So, to avoid displaying personal and sensitive information to the viewers, take the following precautions:
- Turn off notifications or enable “Do not Disturb” during screen share.
- Close any apps that you don’t want to be displayed on the screen.
What happens when discord screen share is not working?
Sometimes, Discord screen share on mobile could fail. Why? Because the app version is outdated, software glitches, incorrect settings, or corrupt data. It’s hard to tell for sure. So, to solve the problem, try the following troubleshooting solutions.
- Restart your phone: Rebooting your mobile device can help to fix numerous app glitches and errors. It simply restarts the system afresh.
- Close and open Discord: This works similarly to restarting your device. It gives the app a fresh start and erases any glitches that prevent screen sharing.
- Update Discord: If you’re running an outdated version of Discord, chances are it has a bug that’s preventing screen share. To solve it, go to the App Store or Play Store and update the application.
- Close other apps: The screen sharing feature requires a lot of the phone’s resources. Therefore, to make it run smoothly, close other open apps that you’re not using.
- Clear cache: Clearing app cache removes temporary files that might be causing screen share problems on Discord mobile. If you’re an Android, go to Settings > Apps > Discord > Storage > Clear Cache. Restart the device after you’re done.
- Try and disable hardware scaling: Go to Discord > Account > Settings > Voice & Video > toggle off Enable Hardware Scaling.
- Change the hardware acceleration setting: Go to your Discord Settings and open Voice & Video. Then, scroll down to Low-Latency Hardware Acceleration and start by selecting Let my operating system decide. If it doesn’t work, try the other two options.
- Turn off auto sensitivity: Open the Discord Settings > Voice & Video > toggle off Auto Sensitivity.
- Re-install Discord: If none of the solutions works, uninstall and re-install the Discord app on your phone.
Apart from helping gamers interact, screen sharing on Discord mobile can be used to share presentations and watch videos with friends. Be sure to tell your friends so that you can try the many features together.
Alex is an IT technician who shares his experiences with Apple devices occasionally. He has a collection of Apple devices (from iPhone 4) and has recently started trying out Android.
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