FIX: Slack screen sharing issues on PC

Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
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  • Slack is one of the best collaboration software that lets you easily organize and communicate with your team.
  • If Slack screen sharing isn’t working, try using BlueJeans, Zoom, or GoToMeeting apps in Slack.
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Slack screen sharing not working

A lot of devs relied on Slack screen sharing functionality for remote pairing, yet they are now unable to use this feature. Is there any way to solve these screen sharing issues?

It’s time for a quick update on that matter. At one point, the screen sharing feature became available for the paid version of the Slack desktop apps for Mac and Windows.

Business teams, freelancers, and clients used to work together as if they were in the same room, yet now it isn’t any longer possible.

Slack decided to remove the ability to share control of your screen during a call.

This was a complex feature requiring significant overhead to maintain, so they’ve come up with some alternative options for the current lack of a Slack screen sharing functionality.

What can I do if Slack is unable to share screen?

1. Screen sharing on paid plans via BlueJeans

Slack screen sharing BlueJeansBlueJeans is worth checking out if you were relying on Slack. That’s a popular meetings platform that makes teams more productive thanks to various remote desktop control features.

Screen sharing on all paid plans is clearly possible. The only requirement is that both participants are on the same version of the BlueJeans app or using the browser.

  1. Install the BlueJeans app for Slack.
  2. Start and join BlueJeans calls from Slack.
  3. Feel free to launch BlueJeans to use remote screen control and Slack screen sharing.

2. Zoom app for Slack

Slack screen sharing ZoomStarting a meeting, booking it, and sharing content are all possible with Zoom’s free plan offers. Sharing and remote screen control work flawlessly on both their desktop client and app.

So, customers on any paid Zoom plan should follow these steps:

  1. Install the Zoom app for Slack.
  2. Start or join a call from Slack.
  3. Once you’re on a call, you can open Zoom.
  4. Easily share control of your screen if you’d like.

3. Join Slack calls via GoToMeeting

Slack screen sharing GoToMeetingAnother service having a Slack app you can use to start or join calls from Slack is GoToMeeting. Detailed steps are here presented, yet note that you must subscribe to a paid plan:

  1. Download the GoToMeeting desktop app.
  2. Install it.
  3. Start or join a call from Slack at your convenience.
  4. Enjoy screen sharing as you normally would.

Final thoughts on Slack screen sharing issues

What are your thoughts on this whole Slack situation? Slack is very popular, but not having native screen sharing is rough. Are you willing to try any of the above alternatives to solve that?

In case of any other reliable alternatives you know of, don’t hesitate to reach for the comments area below.

FAQ: Learn more about Slack

  • What is the Slack app?

Slack is a collaboration software that supports instant messaging, file and screen sharing.

  • Does Slack allow screen sharing?

Yes, Slack supports screen sharing allowing you to easily share your screen with your team members.

  • Is Slack screen sharing free?

Yes, screen sharing is completely free in Slack and you can use it even as a free member.

  • Can Slack make calls?

Slack supports both audio and video calls even in the Free version.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.