- If you don't see this feature on your mobile device yet, make sure that your app has been fully updated in the App Store or Google Play Store!
Note: Beginning on August 1st, 2022, Discord users can expect to see improvements to the Discord Android application, including:
- Feature consistency across platforms through a centralized and streamlined app development process across Android, iOS and desktop
- Faster app update release cycles when a new feature is introduced or a pesky bug is fixed thanks to a more consolidated process
Over the next few weeks, the Android app will begin to transition to the React Native framework to enhance the user experience. To use the new version of the Discord app:
- Go to the Google Play Store to manually update your Discord app.
- Otherwise, if auto-update is enabled on your Android device, the app should automatically update.
You can read more about this change in our blog post.
The old Discord Android application will officially sunset on September 1st, 2022, so make sure you've updated your Android app from the Google Play Store before then!
You can now screenshare from your mobile device! Anytime you’re in voice, whether in a DM, GDM, or server voice channel, you’ll now be able to share your screen directly from your phone!
What does this article cover?
- Mobile Screenshare Requirements
- How to Start Sharing your Screen
- How to Stop Sharing your Screen
- How to Watch your Friend’s Screen
- Best Practices when Screensharing
Mobile Screenshare Requirements
Before you start sharing your screen with your friends, you’ll need to double check that your device and OS meet these requirements mentioned below.
Additionally, this section will cover any limitations in the apps that you can share on your screen.
At this time, you’ll be able to screenshare from both iOS and Android mobile devices.
Note: Mobile Screenshare is currently unavailable on Xiaomi devices with the MIUI OS.
We currently support screensharing on Android 5 and up, and audiosharing on Android 10 and up. Due to Android OS limitations, older versions of the Android OS will be unable to use the audio share feature.
Though most apps are supported, a small number of apps may not support audiosharing on Android devices specifically.
Additionally, certain streaming apps do not support either screenshare or audioshare due to their app restrictions, including Netflix and Spotify.
Note: We do not provide support for screensharing these streaming applications.
Server Screenshare Permissions
In order to share your screen with your server, make sure you have a role with the Video permission within the server. If you don’t have this permission, you won’t see an option to share your screen in a server!
If you don’t have this Video permission for your role, you’ll need to ask the server owner or other administrators to enable the Video permission (under the Voice Permissions category).
How to Start Sharing your Screen
Now that you’ve met all the requirements in the section above, you can now start the process of sharing your screen on the mobile app.
To start screensharing, first make sure you’re connected to voice. (You can be in a DM, or a GDM or within a voice channel.)
- If you are in a voice-only call,
- You’ll find the option to start a screenshare by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and then pressing the Screenshare button
- If you’re in a video call,
- You’ll see the Screenshare icon from the bottom row of controls visible from the video call
Note: If you don’t see the option there, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and a voice/video control panel will appear. You can then press the Screenshare option from the menu.
Once you press the screenshare icon, a system dialogue message will appear and ask you if you’re ready to start sharing your screen.
When you press “Start now”, the app will countdown to 3 and then begin sharing your screen. You’ll then see an official confirmation that your screen is being shared.
Note: While sharing your screen, you’ll also be able to video chat at the same time! Just press the Video icon in the control panel to share your video!
How to Stop Sharing your Screen
Once you’ve finished sharing your screen, you can easily stop sharing your screen through a couple of different methods.
- Directly pressing the “Stop Sharing” button directly in the chat window
- Pressing the Screenshare icon in the voice/video control panel at the bottom of the screen
- Or pressing the “Stop Streaming” button within your device’s Notification panel
How to Watch your Friend’s Screen
If you have a friend who starts streaming while you’re connected to voice, you’ll see an option pop up to watch their stream.
Once you press this “Join/Watch Stream” button, you’ll be able to directly watch your friend’s stream!
Note: Streams have a maximum of 50 concurrent viewers (50 viewers, plus the broadcaster!).
If you have multiple friends that are sharing their screen at the same time, you’ll be able switch the stream that you are watching by pressing the Watch Stream button on the other friend’s stream.
Once pressed, you’ll then be shown your other friend’s screen instead!
Controlling the Stream Settings
While watching your friend’s shared screen, you’ll be able to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to control the stream volume!
Best Practices when Screensharing
While screensharing, whatever is on your mobile screen will be visible, including notifications on your device.
As a best practice, we recommend you do the following steps before starting to share your screen on your mobile device!
- Close all other app windows in advance prior to sharing your screen
- Turn off notifications or switching to Do Not Disturb mode on your mobile device if you don’t want your friends to see your notifications