How to Enable Screen Sharing on Zoom – Desktop & Mobile

Key Takeaways
  • To share your screen on Zoom for desktop, start or join a meeting, click "Share Screen", choose the screen or application, and then click "Share".
  • For iPhone, add Screen Recording to Control Center, open Zoom, start or join a meeting, tap "Share", choose "Screen", and tap "Start Broadcast".
  • On Android, open Zoom, start or join a meeting, tap "Share", select "Screen", allow Zoom to display over other apps in your phone's settings, and start sharing.

The COVID pandemic evolved online meetings for work and study and provided great utility at a time when physical contact was feared. This trend did not end with the pandemic, rather gained much more popularity. Zoom, at the forefront of this evolution, emerged as a pioneer, providing users with a lot of features, the best of which is the ability to share their screens.

In this article, we are going to discuss how to share your screen on Zoom on various devices, as well as how to enable screen sharing for participants in a meeting.

How to Share Your Screen on Zoom on Desktop

You can use the Zoom Web app or the Zoom Desktop app to share your screen. The steps for both of these are similar across Windows as well as Mac:

Note that you can only share your screen in a meeting if you are the host or if the host has allowed participants to share their screen.
  1. Open the Zoom app and either start a meeting or join one.
    Start a new meeting or join an existing meeting
  2. From the options available to you in the toolbar at the bottom, click on Share Screen.
    Click on Share Screen
  3. You’ll have a lot of options to choose from. You can share the whole screen, a specific window, whiteboard and much more. Once you have chosen your desired option, click on Share.
    Choose screen and click on Share
  4. The screen sharing will begin immediately, as indicated.
    Screen is being shared in Zoom meeting

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How to Share Your Screen on Zoom on iPhone

If you’re an iPhone user, you have to add Screen Recording to the Control Center in Settings before you begin sharing your screen. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone and tap on Control Center.
    Open Settings and go to Control Center
  2. Scroll to locate Screen Recording and tap on the green plus sign.
    Tap on the “plus” to add Screen Recording to Control Center
  3. Now, open the Zoom app on your iPhone and either start a meeting or join an existing one. Once in the meeting, tap on the Share button located at the bottom toolbar.
    Tap on Share
  4. A few options will pop up. You can share your screen as well as share certain apps. Tap on Screen.
    Choose Screen from the options that appear
  5. A confirmatory message will appear. Tap on Start Broadcast to begin sharing your screen.
    Tap on Start Broadcast
  6. You are now successfully sharing your iPhone’s screen.
    Screen is being shared

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How to Share Your Screen on Zoom on Android?

The method of sharing your screen on an Android is similar to that on an iPhone, but there is an extra step along the way:

  1. Open the Zoom app and enter a meeting. Either start a new one or join an existing meeting.
    Start a meeting or enter an existing one
  2. At the bottom of the screen, you can see a toolbar. Swipe left on it to reveal more options, one of which is Share. Tap on it.
    Tap on Share
  3. A few options will appear. You can choose to share your screen as well as certain apps or files.
    Choose Screen in order to share screen
  4. A pop-up message will appear, telling you that Zoom will have access to all the information that appears on your screen. Tap on Start Now.
    Tap on Start Now
  5. If it’s the first time you are sharing your screen, you’ll have to give the Zoom app permission to Display over other apps. Tap on the toggle to turn it on.
    Allow Zoom to Display over other apps
  6. Almost instantaneously, your phone’s screen will be shared on Zoom. Tap on Stop Share when you want to stop sharing your screen.
    When you want to stop sharing your screen, tap on Stop Share

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How to Enable Screen Sharing for Participants?

If you are hosting a Zoom meeting and want the participants to share their screen, you can enable it from Advanced Sharing Options. Remember that this method allows only the participants in that specific meeting to share their screen. The settings are reverted back to default once the meeting ends.

↪ For Desktop

Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Zoom app and start a meeting.
    Start a meeting
  2. When you want to allow participants to share their screen, click on the small arrow in the Share Screen button to reveal some options.
  3. Click on Advanced Sharing Options.
    Open Advanced Sharing Options
  4. Under “Who can share?”, click on All Participants.
    Change the setting from Host only to All Participants
  5. Now the participants in the meeting can also share their screens.

↪ For Phone (iPhone & Android)

The method to enable participants to share their screen is the same on both the iPhone and Android:

  1. Start a meeting and look at the toolbar at the bottom. Swipe left until you see the three-dots. Tap on them.
    Tap on the three dots
  2. A few options will appear before you. Choose Security.
    Open Security Settings
  3. Under “Allow all participants to”, you will see a toggle for Share Screen. Tap on it to turn it on.
    Turn the toggle on for Screen Share for Participants
  4. The participants in your meeting can now share their screens.

How to Enable Screen Sharing for All Participants by Default?

The default setting for meetings is that participants cannot share their screens. You can change this if you want to. Here’s how:

  1. In your browser, open the Zoom Web Portal and scroll down in the left vertical menu to locate Settings. Click on it.
    Open profile settings on Zoom portal and click on Settings
  2. Now, look for the option of In Meeting (Basic) and click on it.
    Click on In Meeting (Basic)
  3. Scroll down to locate the section on Screen Sharing. Under “Who can share?” click on All Participants and then save your settings.
    Change the setting to All Participants and save the changes
  4. Now, whenever you start a meeting, all the participants can share their screen.

Why is Screen Sharing Not Working on Zoom?

People sometimes encounter several issues when trying to share their screen on Zoom. The screen may become black, frozen or laggy. You can try the following fixes to see if your problem goes away:

  • Please ensure that your internet connection is stable and working. If your Wi-Fi isn’t working, switch to another Wi-Fi or cellular data.
  • Zoom needs permission to access your screen, microphone, camera and other stuff. If you haven’t given the app necessary permissions, it will most likely run into errors.
  • Sometimes, the problems are caused by bugs or glitches in the application. Restarting the app and updating it to the latest version will fix any glitches.
  • Check your Zoom settings and make sure you have selected the correct option for screen sharing.

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Final Thoughts

Zoom has been under constant scrutiny for failing to uphold privacy standards on various occasions. Even if you decide to use it, you should be aware of these security and privacy issues. If you have any feedback regarding this article or are facing some problem that you can’t solve, drop a comment below so we can help you out.


How to share dual monitor screen on Zoom?

If you have dual monitors and want to share the screen of both of them, you need to enable this in the Zoom settings. Open the Zoom app > Go to Settings > General > Click on the check box for Use dual monitors.

Can I share my screen and show my video in a Zoom meeting at the same time?

Yes, it is possible to share your screen and keep your camera turned on at the same time. All you have to do is, when you begin sharing your screen, click on Start Video option located in the toolbar at the top.

How many people can attend a Zoom meeting?

The maximum number of people that can attend a Zoom meeting depends on the subscription plan of the host. The free version of this platform allows a maximum of 100 people in a meeting that can extend up to 40 minutes. These limits can increase depending on the plan you purchase.


Kamil Anwar

Kamil is a certified MCITP, CCNA (W), CCNA (S) and a former British Computer Society Member with over 9 years of experience Configuring, Deploying and Managing Switches, Firewalls and Domain Controllers also an old-school still active on FreeNode.