How to Fix Screen Share in Discord
Discord has many cool features that make it unique and practical. One of its best features is screen sharing, which allows your friends and teammates to view your screen in real-time.
A common issue for Discord screen share is that audio sometimes isn’t working. In this article, we will show you how to fix this problem. We’ll also include easy solutions for other screen share problems.
How to Fix Discord Screen Share
Before we begin, note that screen share doesn’t rely on your webcam. It displays your computer screen in real-time. Audio in on-screen share might refuse to work even when the image is clear.
When that happens, you first need to make sure that your internet connection is stable. Next, try restarting Discord and sharing your screen again. If the problem persists, restart your device. Also, make sure that your device’s system is up to date.
On a Windows computer, type “check for updates” in the Start menu (hit the Win key on your keyboard) and select the option with the same name. The following screen will tell you if your system is updated or not. Click on the Download option if there is an available update.
If your OS is not causing the problem, the culprit might be an outdated audio driver.
Update or Reinstall Your Audio Driver
The most common reason for any audio issue is outdated or corrupted drivers. You can quickly check if that is the case:
- Hit the Windows and R keys simultaneously on your keyboard.
- Enter devmgmt.msc in the search field and hit Enter.
- The device manager will open. Select the Audio tab.
- Highlight the audio hardware and right-click it. Then choose Uninstall Device.
- Right-click on the device manager screen and choose Scan for Hardware Changes.
- Your computer should detect all the audio hardware and install initial drivers. Restart when the setup is complete.
This fix helps with corrupted audio drivers. If the audio driver is not up to date, you need to update it:
- Tap the Windows key on your keyboard and type “device manager” in the search field. Select the first item that appears.
- Go to the Audio tab, and find your audio device.
- Right-click the audio device and choose the Update Driver option.
The issue with screen sharing may be with Discord. Make sure that you gave the app all permissions it requested, especially the microphone access. You can check that on your computer too:
- Press the Win key and search for Microphone Privacy Settings.
- Click on the first item that pops up.
- Scroll down to the Allow Desktop Apps to Access Your Microphone tab and make sure that it is On.
You don’t need to give Discord microphone access individually on Windows, but you do on mobile devices. If you are not sure if you gave it access or not, you can reinstall the app. Visit the official Discord app download page and select the appropriate download link for your device. Reinstall Discord and see if the screen share problem persists.
Use Push to Talk
A simple, yet effective fix for many Discord issues is to use push to talk, instead of continuous voice activation for chatting. Here is how to enable it:
- Launch the Discord app on your device.
- Look for your user name at the bottom-left of the Home screen. Click on the Settings option next to your name.
- Click on the Voice and Video tab, and select the Push to Talk input mode.
- Customize the Shortcut button below. Push to talk release delay is pretty decent at its default setting. The changes will take effect immediately.
You can also Reset Voice Settings from this menu (bottom of the page) in case the push to talk isn’t helping.
Add Game Activity
Another neat Discord settings trick is to add the activity you are currently doing manually. In most cases, Discord will pick up on your activity automatically, but just to be sure here’s how to add it:
- Start Discord.
- Enter the Settings menu.
- Click on the Activity Status tab.
- If you see “no game detected!” at the top of your screen, click the Add It! Button below.
- Finally, select an activity from the dropdown menu and press Add Game.
Launch Discord in Admin Mode
As a final resort, you can try running Discord in administrator mode. Follow the steps:
- Find the Discord folder and right-click the Discord.exe file.
- Then, choose Properties.
- Click on the Compatibility option.
- Finally, enable Run This Program as an Administrator and click on Apply.
If nothing seems to help resolve screen sharing issues, make sure that Discord is the only app using your microphone. Close all other apps and try sharing your screen again. Also, try disabling your firewall and antivirus software, as they can sometimes interfere.
Back to Streaming
Discord is an excellent streaming platform. It is more closely knit than Twitch so that you can share your gaming sessions with closer friends. Typically, Discord screen-sharing works fine, but occasional hick-ups may occur.
Our guide should help you resolve possible problems with audio when sharing your screen. Which of these fixes helped you? Is Discord your go-to screen-sharing app? Let us know in the comments section below.