How To Share Screen On Google Meet?

google meet share screen

In these uncertain pandemic times, there’s no doubt that video conferencing apps, such as Google Meet play a crucial role. They allow us to connect with our family, friends, classmates, and work colleagues from the comfort and safety of our home. Certainly, these apps have helped the world function better in the work-from-home era.

But, unlike in physical meet-ups, we can’t share things with others in the traditional way. Instead, we have to resort to features such as “share screen” on Google Meet to achieve that purpose. This feature enables us to share the display screen content with others in the video conference.

The Share Screen option is a handy way to make the most of online video meetings, from sharing work presentations to school projects. This guide talks comprehensively about how to share your screen on Google Meet.

How To Share Screen In Google Meet On Laptop or Desktop

  1. While logged in to Google, join or create a Google Meet session.
  2. Once joined, click on the “Present now” button from the controls at the bottom.
google meet controls share screen button

3. Now select the desired option:

google meet controls share screen options
  • To share everything on your screen, select “Your entire screen,” choose your screen from the pop-up menu, and hit the “Share” button.
share entire screen
  • To share a particular app window, select “A window,” choose the window, and click on “Share.”
share app window
  • To share a particular tab within the browser, choose “A tab,” select the right tab, and hit the “Share” button.
share a tab

Finally, to stop sharing your screen, click on “Stop sharing” near the bottom of the Google Meet window.

stop sharing button in google meet

How To Share Screen In Google Meet On Phone

  1. Open the Meet app and then join or create a meeting.
  2. Tap on the ellipsis (three vertical dots) in the bottom-right corner.
controls screen on phone

3. Press the “Share screen” button.

google meet share screen button on phone

4. Tap on “Start sharing” and confirm your choice if prompted. (Unlike on desktop/laptop, you only have the option to share the entire screen on smartphones)

start sharing on phone

Finally, tap on “Stop sharing” in the Google Meet app to stop sharing your phone screen.

stop sharing on phone

How To Grant Permission To Share Screen In Google Meet

By default, all meeting members are free to share their screens whenever they want. However, if you have enabled Host Management, you may have to toggle the screen sharing feature for the meeting members manually.

On Laptop/Desktop:

  1. While in a meeting, click on the ellipsis button and select “Settings.”
google meet settings menu

2. Choose “Host controls.”

settings host control

3. Enable the “Share their screen” toggle.

host management

On Smartphone:

  1. While in a meeting, tap on the ellipses button and select “Meeting Safety.”
google meet meeting safety setting on phone

2. Make sure the “Share their screen” toggle is enabled.

share their screen toggle on phone

That wraps up our guide on screen sharing. If you want to know how you can change cool backgrounds for your Google Meet session, check out this article.


1. Why can’t I share my screen in Google Meet?

If you’re joining someone else’s meeting, make sure you have the privilege to share your screen. Otherwise, try restarting your browser or updating it to the latest version. Additionally, MacOS users can try going to “System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Screen Recording” and checking the box adjacent to your browser.

2. Why is screen sharing not working?

Screen sharing might not work for a range of reasons. A member might already be sharing their screen, and you might not have the required meeting privileges, your browser might be outdated, etc.

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