How to share the screen on Zoom in two different ways

  • During a group meeting, you can easily your screen on Zoom using a desktop or mobile app.
  • You can share the screen before joining the app homepage, or you can choose to start sharing at any time during a live call.
  • The process looks slightly on each application, and the desktop version offers more screen sharing options, including the option to comment and use a whiteboard.
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As more meetings remote, sharing a phone or computer screen with colleagues or students may help.

Whether it's a marketing presentation or a presentation slide, sharing screens is an easy way to show your work to others. Also, if you don't have access to the entire computer screen during a call, you may want to share your iPhone or Android phone screen.

On either device app, you can share the screen from the homepage (join an ongoing call), or you have entered the call screen yourself. The process looks slightly different on desktop and mobile devices, and the desktop version certainly offers more features-including the option of commenting and using a whiteboard.

This is the method of both.

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How to share the zoom screen from its homepage

1. If you haven't started the call yet, you can start sharing your screen from the Zoom application home screen. On your desktop, this option is on the Home tab. On your phone or tablet, the label is at the top of the Meetings and Chats tab. Click or tap to begin the process.

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Find the Share screen button.

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2. On either device, a pop-up window , prompting you to enter a shared key or meeting ID. You must enter this information to join an ongoing video call. When you're ready, click "Share Screen" on your desktop or "OK" on your phone or tablet.

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Enter the meeting ID.

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3. Enter the meeting password. Click "Join" on the desktop or click "OK" on the mobile app again.

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enter password.

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4. From here, the screen sharing process is different for desktop and mobile versions.

  • If you're using a computer, just select what you want to share in the video call. On the desktop, you will have many choices, such as multiple screens, a whiteboard, if you plug it in, you can use your iPhone, and any application that might open on your computer. Select what you want to share and click the blue "Share" button in the bottom right corner. You have now joined the call and are sharing the selected screen.

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Choose what you want to share.

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  • The process looks a little different on your mobile app. After entering the meeting ID and password, a "Screen has not been shared" screen appears.
    • After the next page loads, you will be prompted to start broadcasting. You can also choose to turn the microphone on or off. When you're ready, click "Start Broadcast."

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Start broadcasting.

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    • The countdown starts. When the broadcast starts, a red band appears at the top of the screen, and the timer starts.
    • You are now to move your phone. Whatever you do, you can now broadcast to others in real time during a call.

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Others are looking at your phone screen during a call.

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How to share your screen on Zoom once if you are already on a call

1. If you are already on a call, the process will look different-and maybe even easier. In the call screen, click the Share Screen button. Whether you're on your phone or computer, this button is centered at the bottom. If this menu disappears, tap or move the cursor on the screen. You can also use SHIFT + COMMAND + S shortcut on Mac, or Alt + Shift + S on PC.

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Share your screen.

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2. On your desktop, this will open a popup window with options. Select what you want to share and click the blue "Share" button to continue.

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Choose what you want to share.

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3. This will automatically broadcast the application or desktop view you choose to share. A small "zoom" pop-up window appears at the top of the screen to remind you that you are broadcasting. If you hover over this popup, you will find more options.

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You can broadcast.

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4. If you want to share another screen, click the green "new sharing" option in the middle. This will reopen the menu where you can switch applications or choose to use the whiteboard. In addition to the "new sharing" option, you will also find other useful buttons.

  • Click the appropriate button to mute or unmute and start or stop the video.
  • Click "Participants" to see your participants. Find your meeting information below.
  • Click Stop Sharing or Pause Sharing to stop the broadcast.
  • Click Comment to open a separate pop-up window. Click "X" to close this window and you will find many tools in it. For example, you may find it helpful to draw arrows or circles to highlight important information on the screen.
  • Click "More" to open a drop-down menu where you can find a compressed version of the Zoom calling feature, such as chatting with callers or inviting more people.
  • On the mobile version, you must complete some additional steps. After clicking "Share Content", a pop-up window will appear. Click "Screen".

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Click "Screen".

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    • You will then be prompted to choose how your screen will be recorded. Rather than selecting Photos, choose Zoom Broadcast.
    • After clicking "Start Broadcasting", the countdown will start to let you know that you are recording. A red band appears at the top of the screen with the timer. Click "Stop Broadcasting" to end the broadcast.

Anything you do on your iPhone, or Android device will be shown to other call participants. Click the red banner at any time or return to the Zoom app to stop or change the audio.

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