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How to share your screen on Skype

You’re having a conversation over Skype and want to share something displayed on your PC. One of the best ways to do so is screen sharing, yet you don’t know how to share your screen on Skype. This guide shows you how.

Microsoft offers several different versions of Skype on various platforms. In this guide, we cover both the PC and the mobile end of screen sharing.

How to share your screen on Skype (PC)

If you’re running an operating system other than Windows 10, or simply don’t want to use the UWP version of Skype, you’re probably using the Classic Desktop software. The good news here is Microsoft provides a unified experience between the two versions. Both look and act the same, so picking one version over the other simply boils down to preference at this point.

That said, our guide applies to both Skype versions offered on Windows, though the screenshots provided below represent the “classic desktop” software.

Step 1: Start your call by selecting a contact on the Recents Chat list and clicking the phone icon in the top-right corner.

Step 2: The next step depends on your video call. With the Recent Chats panel hidden, you’ll see a double-square “Share Screen” icon on the hideaway toolbar. Click that icon to proceed.

Skype Desktop Share Screen Icon

If the Recent Chats panel remains open during your call, click the three-dot “More Options” icon on the hideaway toolbar. Select the “Share screen” option on the pop-up menu.

Skype Desktop Share Screen Recent Chats Off

Step 3: The Share Screen interface temporarily replaces your call screen. If you have just one screen, then you’ll likely only see one window. For PCs with two or more screens, click on the screen you want to share and then click the “Start Sharing” button. You’ll also see a toggle to stream the PC’s sound.

Skype Start Sharing Screen Button
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Step 4: You are now sharing your screen! A small red line appears around the bounds of your selected screen indicating it’s currently streaming to your contact.

For PCs with multiple screens, you can switch between screens. Click the “Screen Sharing Options” or “More Options” button — depending on your current view —  and then select the “Switch Screen or Window” entry on the pop-up menu (see the screenshot in Step 5).

Step 5: To stop sharing, click the double-screen icon and select the “Stop sharing” option on the pop-up menu. Use this method during calls with the Recent Chats panel closed.

Skype Desktop Stop Sharing Screen

If the Recent Chats panel remains open during your call, click the three-dot “More Options” icon and select the “Stop Sharing” option on the pop-up menu.

How to share your phone screen on Skype

You can finally share a screen using an iPhone, iPad, and Android device. This guide uses the iPhone X as an example.

Step 1: Start your call by selecting a contact and tapping the phone icon in the top right corner.

Step 2: With your call now streaming, tap the screen to reveal a three-dot icon parked in the lower right corner. Tap this icon to launch another hidden menu.

Step 3: Tap the “Share Screen” icon now located in the bottom right corner.

Skype iPhone Share Screen

Step 4: On the following screen, tap on the “Skype” listing followed by the “Start Broadcast” button.

Step 5: Use your device as normal. To stop the broadcast, go back into Skype and tap the “Stop Broadcast” option.

Skype iPhone Start Stop Broadcast

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