How to Share Your Screen on Zoom – A Complete Guide

Besides Virtual Background feature on Zoom, there is one more feature which is most used i.e. Screen sharing. Screen sharing is, in fact, the most used feature in the world of collaboration applications. Mostly used in meetings and providing technical support. Screen sharing feature of Zoom offers great controls like Audio Sharing, ability to only share specific window instead of whole screen, whiteboard, annotation tools and option to select a portion of screen to share.

All of above mentioned features make Zoom one of the best video conferencing app. In this tutorial, we have explained, how you can share your device’s screen on Zoom. This tutorial has been divided in three sections. The first section explains how you can share screen on desktop (Windows, macOS, and Linux). Second section explains screen sharing on Android devices and third section explains screen sharing on iOS devices. You can directly go to the desired section if you wish. Let’s start with desktop section.

How to Share Screen on Zoom on Desktop (Windows, macOS and Linux)

The steps for sharing screen on Windows, macOS and Linux are nearly identical. However, for macOS Catalina, you will have to change few settings before you can share your screen in Zoom meetings. Let’s change this setting first.

Step 1

For macOS Catalina users only

Open System Preferences and go to Security & Privacy > Privacy > Screen Recording. Here, you need to enable the option for zoom.us which will allow Zoom to record your screen on macOS Catalina.

Share Your Screen on Zoom on Windows, macOS, and Linux

Step 2

After you have changed the settings in macOS Catalina, the steps for sharing the screen are identical for Windows, Linux and maOS. Now, start a meeting first. When you are in a Zoom meeting, you will see an option named Share Screen at the bottom. Click on it to start sharing the screen. You can also use Alt + S shortcut to quickly start/stop screen sharing on Zoom.

Share Your Screen on Zoom on Windows, macOS, and Linux

Step 3

Next, you will see multiple options for sharing the whole screen or an app specific window. You can also select Whiteboard option if you wish to provide notes to the screen viewers. Teachers can use Whiteboard for teaching the students in online classes. You also have an option for sharing specific portion of the screen. Just click on the Advanced tab to see more options. After you are ready with your choice, click on the Share button at the bottom right corner.

Share Your Screen on Zoom on Windows, macOS, and Linux

As soon as you click on Share, the screen will be shared with the participants instantly. While meeting is in progress, you will see a floating menu bar where you can access most of the controls.

How to Share Your Android Phone’s Screen on Zoom

Step 1

For Android smartphones, the process is quite simple and straightforward. While your Zoom meeting is in progress, you can simply tap on the Share button at the bottom and select Screen option. You can also select the Whiteboard option if you want.

Share Your Screen on Zoom on Android

Step 2

Now, you will get a prompt on your Android device asking if you want to share the screen. Tap on Start Now and screen sharing will start immediately. Zoom App will be minimized and a small control bar will be available at the bottom. You can use this toolbar in case you want to annotate or end the screen sharing at any time. Please note that the internal audio will not be shared in Zoom meeting, but your mic will be active during meeting.

Share Your Screen on Zoom on Android

How to Share Your iPhone or iPad’s Screen on Zoom

The steps for sharing the screen on iPhone and iPad (iOS and iPadOS) are slightly lengthy but not very difficult. But you need to add the Screen Recording option to the Control Center to make everything easy. If you already added Screen Recording to Control Center, you can simply skip Step 1 and go to Step 2. There is another limitation: You need to be on iOS 11 or higher to access the screen sharing feature on Zoom. Just follow these steps.

Step 1

First of all, we need to add Screen Recording option to the Control Center. Open the Settings app and go to Control Center > Customize Controls > Add Screen Recording.

Share Your Screen on Zoom on iOS and iPadOS

Step 2

Now, start or join a Zoom meeting. When you are in a Zoom meeting, tap on Share Content at the bottom and then select Screen.

Share Your Screen on Zoom on iOS and iPadOS

Step 3

Now, swipe up to open the Control Center and tap and hold the Record button. Finally, You will see small Screen Recording dialog box, select Zoom and tap on Start Broadcast. At the count of 3, the whole screen will be shared with the participants.

Step 4

How to Stop Screen Sharing on iPhone or iPad

When you wish to stop screen sharing, simply tap on the red bar at the top. A Screen Broadcasting pop-up will appear, tap on Stop to stop screen sharing.

How to Start a Zoom Meeting with Screen Sharing

Sometimes, you might want to start a meeting with Screen Sharing. Mostly for the purpose of teaching the students. In such meetings normally audio, screen window, annotation tools and whiteboard is needed most. However, you can only start a screen sharing meeting on the desktop including Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Step 1

Open the Zoom app and click on the down arrow icon next to New Meeting and un-check the box in front of Start with video option.

screen share meeting

Step 2

Now, when you will click on New Meeting, you will see details about your meeting and options for joining audio only and sharing the screen. Here, click on Share Screen.

Step 3

After that, you will see options to choose a specific window or the whole screen to share. Select your desired option and then, click on Share and you are done.

Complete Screen Sharing Guide for Zoom

This was our guide on how you can share your screen during a Zoom meeting. This guide covers options for desktop and mobile devices. For desktop you can follow this tutorial for Windows, Linux and macOS. And for mobile devices, this tutorial covers Android, iOS and iPadOS.

Screen sharing in Zoom meetings makes is very useful for technical support, business meetings and teaching purposes. Besides Screen Sharing, you can also change your video background to virtual background in Zoom. Hope you liked this tutorial. Feel free to comment below if you face any problems.

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