- Show your friends or colleagues what’s on your screen
- What you need to know about screen sharing on Skype
- Share your screen in Skype for Windows, MacOS and Linux
- Share your screen in Skype for Business for Windows and MacOS
- Share photos on Skype for Android and iOS
- Troubleshooting Skype screen sharing
Show your friends or colleagues what’s on your screen
If you are a Skype user, you don’t need an expensive conferencing service to show your friends or colleagues on your screen. While webcam video chat was the signature feature in the past, this feature has been present on Skype for nearly a decade now. Now you can share your entire screen. Here’s how to share a screenshot on Skype.
The instructions in this article apply to Skype on Windows 10, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. Skype for Business is also used on platforms where it is available. Although Skype is available for web browsers, Screen Sharing is not available.
What you need to know about screen sharing on Skype
There is one general requirement when you want to share your screen, and that is that you are in a conversation with your contact. Not that you need sound, but it’s probably useful for explaining what’s happening on the screen.
After a voice call, you can show someone what’s on your screen, although sharing options vary by platform:
- Windows, macOS and Linux † One person can share their screen with anyone who is on a call.
- Android and iOS : You can take but not share photos, even in full motion.
Share your screen in Skype for Windows, MacOS and Linux
The latest versions of Skype have come a long way in making the application compatible with various desktop operating systems. At this point, once you’ve connected to the call, Skype offers a one-click process to share your screen, which is very similar.
Choose an icon Share screen in the lower right corner of the screen.
If you have more than one monitor or display, choose which one to share.
You can confirm that you are sharing as Skype places a yellow border around your screen.
This is it! To stop sharing, you can reselect the icon at any time. Share screen or just hang up.
Share your screen in Skype for Business for Windows and MacOS
Skype for Business is Microsoft’s business version of Skype, although it is actually owned by their previous messenger called Lync. The process of sharing your screen is similar to the consumer version of Skype in that you still need to make a call, but the on-screen controls are slightly different.
After a video call, select the icon Share content bottom of the screen, second from the right.
The two master records are what we’re interested in. Select Share your desktop to share your desktop, or select Share window to share only one window.
You can use this menu to stop sharing or end a conversation.
Share photos on Skype for Android and iOS
Mobile devices do not have the ability to share live screencasts during calls. You can, however, send a screenshot.
Keep in mind that screen sharing is the video equivalent, so if you’re on a cellular network, your data will be used up quickly. If you’re not just chatting while using Skype, it’s best to be on Wi-Fi to avoid potentially outrageous charges.
On iOS or Android, click plus (+) during a conversation. This will activate some actions that you can take during the call.
Click snapshot †
Skype takes a screenshot of your screen and automatically pastes it into the text chat of the call.
At first, you may not notice when a voice call takes up the entire screen, but the chat indicator in the lower-left corner of the screen indicates a new message. Look and you will find your picture there.
Other participants in the conversation can view or download the screenshot, so be careful about what else may appear on the screen when you capture the screenshot.
While you can’t share your screen with others, you can receive screen sharing on your mobile device. It will appear in the center of the screen, but may be too small to be usable.
Troubleshooting Skype screen sharing
Like most powerful internet features, screen sharing doesn’t always work as planned. Here are some common problems and how to fix them:
If you start sharing the screen, but your callers report that nothing appears, turning the feature off and on can often solve the problem.
It’s also usually a fix for a frozen screen, meaning you’re still moving around the screen, but callers report seeing no change.
If starting and stopping screen sharing doesn’t work, try ending the call completely and then reconnecting.
Screen sharing over the internet makes it prone to traffic spikes and other network problems, meaning it probably isn’t the best option for sharing something that requires high quality of service. There isn’t really a fix for this problem, just a warning about not using Skype to stream a video game, for example, if you want to keep the high quality.