Skype Screen Sharing Not Working: How to Fix It

If your Skype screen sharing is not working, this might help. Try to check your internet connection, update the application you are using, restart your device and check if you gave permission to Skype if you are using Mac. If you still experience problems, contact Skype support for help.

Hi! My name is Yana and I have been an active Skype user for the last decade. I have Skype on my Mac and iPhone, and I previously had it on Windows. So I’m pretty familiar with this software and know how to deal with it when something goes wrong. 

In this article, I’ll cover a few solutions to the Skype Share Screen not working issue. Hopefully one of them will help you solve the problem so you can have a smooth Skype call with your colleague.

Key Takeaways

  • Not all browsers support the Skype screen-sharing option. Make sure you are using Google Chrome, Safari, or a web browser that supports this feature.
  • If you are on an iPhone or iPad, check if Skype has permission to screen recording on your device.
  • Sometimes you just need to restart the app or your device to fix the issue.

How to Fix Skype Screen Sharing Not Working

If you are experiencing issues with screen sharing in Skype, here are a few things you can try to troubleshoot the problem.

1. Ensure You Are Doing It Correctly

Make sure you find the correct button to share your screen during the Skype call. 

If you are having a call using the application on a computer or have Skype open on the browser, find the Share Screen icon at the bottom of the screen.

After you click on the button, Skype will offer you a few options for sharing, Choose the one that works for you the best.

On the mobile version of Skype, open a call window and find the More button (icon with three dots on it). Find the Screen Share option and start sharing your screen.

2. Check the Internet Connection

Whether you are using Skype on a mobile device or computer, make sure that your device is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network. Skype requires a minimum upload/download speed to work correctly. 

For example, for Video calling / Screen sharing, a minimum download speed of 128kbps is required.

3. Update the Application

Make sure that you have the latest version of Skype installed. 

On your Mac, click on your User Image, or on the More button with three dots, to find the Settings menu. Open Settings and find the Help & Feedback option. If you have the latest version of Skype, you will see this message on the screen.

If you are not, you can update Skype manually, by clicking on Check for Updates button.

In the same way, you can find the Skype version on your mobile device. Just click on your profile image in the opened Skype app or browser version, find Settings, and tap on it. Scroll down to see the Help & Feedback menu and open it to see if you need to update the Skype app.

Don’t forget to relaunch the application after the update to see the is the screen sharing is working.

4. Verify If the Browser Supports Skype Screen Sharing

Ensure that your browser supports the Skype sharing screen option. Currently, Skype supports Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Safari, and Chromium-based browsers.

5. Restart the Application or Your Device

Another way you can fix the issue with screen sharing is by restarting the Skype application or your device and then trying to share the screen again.

6. Give Permission to Skype (for Mac Users)

If you are using a Mac and the screen sharing is still not working, you can check if the Skype app has permission to share the screen. 

To give permission on Mac, open System Preferences. Click on the Security & Privacy icon and choose Privacy at the top of the window. Find the Screen Recording option in the sidebar and make sure you check the checkbox in front of Skype or your browser if you are using the web version.

Windows usually don’t have these problems and you can share your screen during the call right after the app installation.


You might also be interested in the following questions or issues related to Skype.

How Do I Enable Screen Sharing on Skype?

For desktop applications and web versions, find the Share Screen button at the bottom of the window, during the call. For mobile versions, find the More icon with three dots on it, and choose the Share Screen option.

Why Is My Screen Sharing Not Working?

There are a few ways to fix this problem. Restart the app, or browser, or reboot your device. Check if you have a stable internet connection. Update to the latest version of the app. If it didn’t help, check if the app has access to your screen-sharing option.

Why Is My Skype Share Screen Black?

There might be an issue with the Skype application or the device being used to share the screen. In this case, restarting the application or device. If it didn’t help, try to share the screen using another display, device, or new browser.

Final Thoughts

There are several possible reasons why screen sharing in Skype may not work as expected. Your Skype version may be outdated or you simply need to reboot your device. Today we discussed a few ways to fix this issue, but If you are still experiencing problems with screen sharing, you may need to contact Skype customer support for further assistance.

Have you ever experienced problems with screen sharing during Skype calls? How did you fix it? Please share your advice and experience in the comments below.

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