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How to Share Screen on WhatsApp

by | Jun 1, 2023

You have two options to recall important ideas or details discussed during a WhatsApp call: sharing your screen on WhatsApp or recording the call. You can later refer to the recording to jog your memory. There are various scenarios where you may wish to share your screen on your Android or iPhone. Screen sharing is a useful feature that allows you to show someone else what is on your screen, such as a presentation, a document, a website, or anything else. Screen sharing can help you collaborate with others, explain something, troubleshoot a problem, or simply share something interesting.

WhatsApp is testing a screen-sharing feature on Android beta, which may not be available to all users now. For this, we will show you how to share your screen on WhatsApp using different methods and apps.

WhatsApp’s Screen-Sharing Feature in Beta Testing on Android

WhatsApp is currently testing a screen-sharing feature on its Android beta version. However, the feature might not be available to all users even if they are signed up for beta versions of the app. If the feature is enabled for you, the steps to share your screen during a video call are simple: 

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Start a video call
  • Tap the screen-sharing icon at the bottom of the display
  • Confirm that you want to share your screen. 
  • You can stop sharing your screen by tapping the “Stop Sharing” button.

It is unclear at this stage what limitations might apply to the feature, such as the number of viewers allowed to share the screen. It is also unclear when the feature will be rolled out to all users. WhatsApp often tests features in advance, and not all tested features make it to the main app.

How to Share Screen on WhatsApp if Screen-Sharing Function is Not Activated

Method 1: Using CrankWheel

CrankWheel is software that acts as a browser-based virtual camera and can be used to share your screen on WhatsApp. It works on desktop devices running Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems. Here are the steps to use CrankWheel for WhatsApp screen sharing:

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CrankWheel

1. Go to theCrankWheel website and download the browser extension for Google Chrome.

2. Once the extension is installed, click on the CrankWheel icon in the browser to launch the software.

3. Select what you want to share (a browser tab, a program window, or your entire desktop).

4. Open the chat you want to share your screen with on WhatsApp Web or Desktop.

5. Copy the meeting URL that CrankWheel provides and paste it into the chat.

6. Click on the Call icon in the chat and wait for the call to connect.

7. Once the call is connected, go to WhatsApp’s audio and video settings and select CrankWheel as the camera source.

8. Your screen will now be visible to the person on the other end of the call. You can show them anything on your screen in real time.

9. To stop screen sharing, return to the CrankWheel window and press the Stop button.

Method 2: Using Messenger Rooms

Messenger Rooms is a feature from Facebook that allows you to create video chat rooms with up to 50 people. You can also share your screen in these rooms using any device (desktop or mobile). The best part is that you don’t need a Facebook account or the Messenger app to join these rooms. You can invite anyone from WhatsApp by sending them a link. Here are the steps to use Messenger Rooms for WhatsApp screen sharing:

facebook Messenger Rooms

1. Open the Messenger app on your mobile device and tap on the People tab at the bottom.

2. Tap on Create a Room and choose who can join your room (anyone with the link or only people on Facebook).

3. Tap on Share Link and choose WhatsApp from the list of apps.

4. Select the chat you want to share your screen with and send them the link.

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5. Tap on Join Room and wait for others to join.

6. Once everyone is in the room, tap on the Screen icon at the bottom and choose what you want to share (your entire screen or a specific app).

7. Your screen will now be visible to everyone in the room. You can show them anything on your screen in real time.

8. To stop screen sharing, tap on the Screen icon again.

Method 3: Using Other Apps

Many other apps, such as Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, and more, offer screen sharing functionality. You can use any of these apps to share your screen on WhatsApp by following similar steps as above:

Zoom, Google Meet, Skype

1. Download and install the app of your choice on your device (desktop or mobile).

2. Create or join a meeting using the app and get a meeting link or code.

3. Open the chat you want to share your screen with on WhatsApp Web or Desktop.

4. Copy and paste the meeting link or code into the chat.

5. Click on the Call icon in the chat and wait for the call to connect.

6. Once the call is connected, use the app’s screen sharing feature to share your screen with others.

7. To stop screen sharing, use the app’s stop button.

FAQ

Why would I want to share my screen on WhatsApp?

You may want to share your screen on WhatsApp to collaborate with others, explain something, troubleshoot a problem, or simply share something interesting.

Does WhatsApp have a built-in screen sharing option?

WhatsApp is currently testing the screen-sharing feature on its Android beta version. However, the feature might not be available to all users even if they are signed up for beta versions of the app.

Is screen sharing on WhatsApp safe and secure?

Screen sharing on WhatsApp is generally safe and secure if you use trusted apps and methods. However, you should always be careful about what you share on your screen and who you share it with. You should also avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading any unknown files from anyone.

Can I record my screen sharing session on WhatsApp?

You can record your screen sharing session on WhatsApp using some apps or methods. For example, CrankWheel has an in-built recording feature that allows you to record and replay your screen sharing session. Some other apps may have similar features or allow you to use third-party tools to record your session.

Can I pause or stop my screen sharing session on WhatsApp?

Yes, you can pause or stop your screen sharing session on WhatsApp anytime. You just need to use the app’s or method’s stop button or icon.

Can I share my screen on WhatsApp with multiple people at once?

Yes, you can share your screen on WhatsApp with multiple people at once using some apps or methods. For example, Messenger Rooms allows you to share your screen with up to 50 people in a video chat room. Some other apps may also allow you to share your screen with multiple people in a meeting or conference.

Conclusion

Screen sharing is a handy feature that can enhance your communication and collaboration with others on WhatsApp. In this article, we showed you how to share your screen on WhatsApp using three different methods and apps. Depending on your preference and device compatibility, you can choose any of these methods.

We hope this article was helpful and informative for you. Please let us know in the comments below if you have any questions or feedback.

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