How to share your screen on Skype

Jon Martindale

Skype is one of the best free internet calling apps there is, and if you’re an avid Skype user, then you can attest to its greatness. But are you taking advantage of all its additional features other than face chatting?

One of the most useful features of Skype is the ability to share your screen on the app. All it takes is a few clicks of a button, and you can invite multiple friends, family, and coworkers to the conversation.

How to share your screen on Skype (PC)

If you’re running an operating system other than Windows 10, 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 Recent Chats 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.

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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

Now that you know how to share your screen on Skype, how about learning how to record your favorite calls?