New Skype Update For Mac Breaks Screen Sharing Functionality For Some, Here Is How You Can Fix It

Skype is a popular chat application that helps millions of people to keep in touch with their friends and family. It is a cross-platform tool and some people also use it for business communications. Microsoft released a new version for Mac users quiet recently.

According to the changelog, Microsoft introduced some interesting features in Skype for Mac version Microsoft added the ability to share a contact with someone in your contact list. You can now simply drag and drop the contact during an ongoing conversation. Additionally, you can now schedule your Skype group calls.

The release includes some split-view improvements as well. The Skype app now remembers the position of your windows and sizes. Apart from the above-mentioned features, there are some bug fixes as well. However, by the look of things, the latest update brings new problems of its own.

Some Mac users reported that the screen sharing feature is not working as expected. Here is how a MacBook Pro user described the issue on Microsoft Comunity forum:

I have an issue with Skype screen share where I share my screen but the other person only sees my desktop–no other windows, despite them being open on my end. In my job I have to share PowerPoints, Pages, Safari, etc. And up to today it always worked.”

Work Around To Fix Skype Screen Sharing Issues

At the time of writing this article, Microsoft has not suggested a potential solution. The OP managed to figure out a solution to fix this problem on Mac systems. You can try the following workaround to get rid of this problem on your systems.

  1. Go to System Preferences > Security and Privacy.
  2. Scroll down until you see Screen Recording and click the Skype checkbox.
  3. Your system might close the Skype application to apply the changes.
  4. Reopen the app and make a test call to see if the problem has been resolved.

On top of that, it is highly recommended that you should consider downloading your apps directly from the App Store. Apple’s team generally test and review all the apps before publishing them on the App Store. This precaution might save your system from potential issues in the future.


Alex Schoff

Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.
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