Discord screen share not working [Complete Guide]

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  • Discord is a freed chatting tool that is mainly aimed at gamers.
  • Plenty of online games feature built-in Discord integration, allowing gamers with similar tastes to band together.
  • We have many more similar articles in our dedicated hub for troubleshooting Discord issues, so make sure to visit that as well.
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Discord is a software that enables players to screen share games with other users. However, sometimes Discord’s screen share might display a blank screen instead of the game.

These are some of the resolutions that can fix Discord’s screen sharing not working with a blank screen.


How to fix screen sharing on Discord

1. Check you’ve added the game to Discord

  1. First, check that you’ve added the game you’re trying to share to Discord.
    • To do that, open Discord and the game you want to share.
  2. Click the Settings button in Discord’s window.
  3. Then click Game Activity on the left of the Discord.
  4. Click the Add it option.
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  5. Click the Select box to choose a game to share.
  6. Press the Add game button.
  7. In addition, turn on the game overlay toggle.

2. Delete the Discord cache folder

  1. Some users have been able to fix Discord’s screen sharing by clearing the software’s cache folder. First, close Discord.
  2. Right-click the Start menu button to select a Run option.
  3. Input %appdata% in Run’s Open box and click OK to open the Roaming folder.
    Roaming folder discord share screen not working
  4. Right-click the Discord subfolder to select Delete.
  5. Then restart Discord.

3. Turn off the Use our latest technology option

  1. Discord’s screen sharing can be due to the latest technology setting. To turn off that option, open Discord.
  2. Click the Settings button at the bottom left of Discord’s window.
  3. Select the Voice & Video tab.
  4. Then toggle the Use our latest technology to capture your screen setting off if it’s on.
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4. Turn Hardware Acceleration off

  1. If you’re utilizing an older laptop with lower specifications, try turning Hardware Acceleration off.
  2. Open the Discord software.
  3. Press the Settings (cog) button.
  4. Select the Appearance tab on the left of the window.
  5. Then toggle Hardware Acceleration off if it’s currently enabled.Hardware Acceleration option discord share screen not working

5. Run Discord and the game as an administrator

  1. Make sure you’re running both Discord and the game you’re trying to share with the same admin permissions.
    • To run Discord as admin, press the Windows key + S hotkey.
  2. Input the keyword Discord in the search box.
  3. Right-click the Discord app to select a Run as administrator option for it.
  4. Thereafter, run the game as administrator by right-clicking its EXE file and selecting a Run as as administrator context menu option.

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6. Reinstall Discord

  1. Type appwiz.cpl in Run’s text box and click OK to open the Windows uninstaller.
    Programs and Features applet discord share screen not working
  2. Select the Discord software in Programs and Features.
  3. Click the Uninstall button to remove Discord.
  4. Then delete some leftover data. Open the Run accessory.
  5. Enter %appdata% in Run, and click the OK button.
  6. Select the Discord folder, and click the Delete button.
  7. Then type %localappdata% in Run’s text box and click OK to open the Local folder.
    Local folder discord share screen not working
  8. Right-click the Discord folder in Local and select Delete.
  9. Thereafter, restart Windows.
  10. Click Download Now on the Discord website to get the installer for the latest version.
  11. Reinstall Discord with the setup wizard.

7. Make sure the game isn’t in fullscreen mode

Also, note that Discord doesn’t support fullscreen sharing for programs right now at least. Users can only screen share games when they’re not in a fullscreen mode. So, try switching the game you’re trying to share to a windowed mode.

Those are a few of the more probable fixes for Discord’s screen sharing not working. Aside from that, try closing third-party background processes with Task Manager to ensure there aren’t any conflicting programs.


FAQ: Learn more about Discord

  • What is Discord?

Discord is is an app designed to help gamers talk to each other in real-time, falling under the VoIP category.

  • Is Discord safe for children?

Discord is only as safe as the content and the people your child is interacting with. Thus, if you worry about your children, try to limit the content that they are watching.

  • Are there any alternatives for Discord?

There are plenty of gamer-oriented chatting tools on the Internet, and these include TeamSpeak, Troop Messenger, Steam Chat, as well as chatting tools that emphasize security above all else.