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Screen sharing is by far one of the most useful Zoom features. But you’ve probably had the unfortunate experience of sharing your screen to show a video, only to discover that the other people on the call can’t hear the video’s audio stream.
The default Zoom configuration is set up to play the audio from your microphone, so you can talk. But it’s easy to change your settings so you can screen share with audio. You just have to know where to look and which buttons to click.
We’ll show you how to screen share with audio, along with a few bonus tips to make screen sharing with Zoom even better.
How to screen share with audio
- Start your Zoom meeting or join one.
- Click the green Share Screen icon in the lower meeting toolbar.
- Choose the window, program, or desktop you want to share.
- Click the Share Sound checkbox in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
- Click the blue Share button in the lower right corner.
Step-by-step instructions (with pictures)
1. Start a new Zoom meeting or join one already in progress.
2. Once you’re in the meeting, click the green Share Screen icon in the middle of the meeting toolbar.
If you’re using an external microphone or speaker, make sure you’ve configured your Zoom audio device settings before sharing your screen.
A window will pop up, prompting you to select what part of your screen you want to share. Choose what you want to share with the Zoom meeting participants.
4. Click the Share Sound checkbox in the lower-left corner.
5. If you want to adjust your audio (optional), click the tiny down arrow next to the Share Sound label to open the audio quality settings, then choose your sound quality.
Stereo (High-fidelity) will work on most high speed internet connections. Set the sound quality to Mono if you’re on a slower connection or you’re already seeing delays and stutter in your Zoom call.
6. Click the blue Share button in the lower right corner.
That’s it. Now you’re sharing your screen with the audio from your computer, and everyone on the Zoom call will be able to hear your video.
This process simultaneously shares your screen and computer audio along with the audio from your mic. You can also choose to mute yourself while screen sharing. The computer audio will continue playing, but the Zoom call participants won’t be able to hear you if you speak.
Now you know how to screen share with audio from your laptop or desktop. But what happens if you connect to a Zoom meeting from your phone? Screen sharing with audio from your iPhone or Android is actually even easier.
How to screen share with sound from your phone
You’ll need the Zoom app to share your screen with audio from your phone. If you haven’t shared your screen in Zoom from your phone before, keep in mind you won’t be able to select a desktop or window to share.
Zoom will just share whatever is on your screen, so you may need to do a little prep work to make sure there’s nothing sensitive on your desktop or open windows.
It’s also wise to turn on Do Not Disturb while you’re screen sharing from your phone. That way, notifications won’t pop up during your screen share.
With that word of caution out of the way, here’s how to share your screen with audio on your iPhone or Android.
1. Start a new meeting or join a meeting as you normally would.
2. Once you’re in the meeting, tap the green Share Content button on the meeting toolbar.
3. Select Screen on the content selection popup.
4. This brings up the Zoom broadcast screen. Zoom should be checked by default. Just tap the Start Broadcast button to begin.
Zoom gives you a three-second countdown before the broadcast starts. If you were muted when you tapped the Share Content button, you will get a notification that your microphone is off.
5. Once the countdown completes, the Start Broadcast button will change to a Stop Broadcast button. Swipe up or press your home button to move to the broadcast control screen.
6. The broadcast control screen includes an option to share your phone audio. In most cases it will be enabled by default. If it’s disabled, just tap the Share Device Audio button to toggle it to On.
7. Once that’s done, just swipe up or press your home button to minimize Zoom and return to your home screen. Then open the app you want to share in Zoom. Audio from the app will play for everyone in your Zoom meeting.
8. Once you’re finished, you can return to Zoom by tapping the Zoom app icon, then tap the Stop Share button in Zoom to stop screen sharing.
Or stop screen sharing by tapping the red timer icon at the top of your screen.
If you tap the timer icon, you’ll be prompted to confirm that you want to stop the broadcast. Tap Stop to confirm and stop sharing your screen.
Once you stop sharing, the icon at the top of your screen will turn green. You can tap it again to return to Zoom.
How to play music on Zoom
Playing music on a Zoom call might have limited application. But it’s handy for calls where you have long periods of silence such as Zoom classes or to spice up fun Zoom events like ice breaker games.
To play music on Zoom, begin with the same steps you used to share your screen with audio. Choose to share your main desktop, then open your music player and play your music while sharing your screen with the computer audio enabled.
That’s all for sharing your screen with sound. But, there’s one more tweak you can make (and help your friends make) to give the best screen sharing experience possible.
Side-by-side screen sharing on Zoom
You won’t notice side-by-side screen sharing when you’re sharing your own screen. But if someone else on your Zoom call shares their screen, side-by-side mode can be a better layout for you.
With side-by-side screen sharing, you’ll see the person’s screen next to their camera view. That way you can see who’s talking while they present what’s on their screen.
Just pop into the Zoom settings, go to the Share Screen settings, and check the box to enable side-by-side sharing.
You can always turn side-by-side screen sharing off, if you decide it’s not for you. But if you share this trick in your next Zoom call, you’ll be the MVP of the meeting.
Let people see and hear your message
Sharing your screen with audio on Zoom opens up a whole new level of content sharing.
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