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Master Slack Screen Sharing - Increase Productivity Easily

Elsa Updated on Jul 17, 2023 Filed to: Screen Mirroring

Collaborations and multi-tasking have become more and more important in our daily life. If you are seeking a way to enhance work efficiency using business communication tools like Slack, you are in the right place!

Slack Screen Sharing allows you to share your device screen in real time with your teammates, business partners, and friends, so as to demonstrate Excel files or videos. This post will delve into the details and secrets of screen sharing with Slack, facilitating you to become a Slack screen sharing pro.

How to Use Slack Screen Sharing?

In fact, Slack has featured with the screen sharing functionality in voice call or video call. However, Slack Share Screen requires a subscription to enjoy the group video calls, which means that you will need to pay if you want to share the screen in the group call.

how to use Slack screen sharing

How to Use Slack Screen Sharing on Desktop

The screen sharing feature is available on the desktop version of Slack, so if you want to share screen on Slack, follow these steps below:

  1. Step 1.Launch the Slack app on your desktop, and select the person or channel that you want to share your screen with.
  2. Step 2.Click on that contact or group to go into the Direct Message pane, and then click on the "Start a call" button.
  3. start a call in Slack on desktop

  4. Step 3.After joining a video a call, there will be a menu at the bottom of the screen, and then click the "Share Screen" button.
  5. Share Screen in Slack

  6. Kindly note that this button is available for everyone joining this call, so others can also start sharing their screen.
  7. Step 4.If you have more than one screen open on your desktop, you can choose which screen to share; either a single window or the entire screen is perfect.
  8. Step 5.Once selected, click the "Share" button again, and your screen should be shared.

    select what to share in Slack

  9. Step 6.Simply click the "Stop Sharing" icon to end the sharing process and get back to the normal call.
  10. stop sharing screen in Slack

This is the direct way to share screen in Slack.

Additionally, you are allowed to use the Drawing tool to locate and concentrate on the part of your screen to show what exactly you want to share on your screen. Click the Draw button to start drawing, and someone else in the call can also draw together to improve teamwork productivity by clicking Draw together.

Drawing tool in Slack Screen Sharing

How to Use Screen Sharing on Slack on Mobile

However, if you are using Slack in your mobile phone and want to share screens, that’s not as direct as you do on the desktop. Follow these steps below to share screen in Slack from mobile phones:

Note: You will need to use screen sharing on your mobile phone via Slack’s Huddles feature, which is available on all plans for members and guests.
  1. Step 1.Launch Slack on your smartphone, and sign in to your Slack account.
  2. sign in Slack account on mobile phone

  3. Step 2.Select a contact or channel to start the message window on your mobile phone, and then tap the headphones icon, which is located at the upper right corner. Or you can just join a huddle invited by others.
  4. Huddle feature in Slack on mobile

  5. Step 3.Once you are in a huddle, you will see the 3 dots at the bottom right corner. Tap it to continue.
  6. Step 4.Tap "Share Screen".
  7. Step 5.Tap "Stop Sharing" to stop sharing your phone screen.

Now you can start sharing screens from Slack on your mobile phones. Moreover, the drawing tool is only available on the desktop version.

Free Alternative to Slack Screen Sharing: AirDroid Cast

Slack is no doubt one of the excellent tools for screen sharing within platforms, but there is another best free alternative to the Slack screen sharing feature - AirDroid Cast. It allows you to share you screen across various devices, not only from your Win/Mac desktop or mobile phones, but also from your PC to your mobile phones, from your PC/smartphone to TV, and even your Linux computer.

AirDroid Cast

Here are the unique features of AirDroid Cast:

  • Wide range of compatibility: Win, Mac, Android, iOS, and Web
  • Wireless, USB, and AirPlay connections
  • Two-way audio to share the audio from microphone and in-device audio
  • Lag-free streaming quality

How to share your screen using AirDroid Cast:

  1. Step 1.
    Install AirDroid Cast
  2. Download and Install AirDroid Cast on your devices - your computer, laptop, or smartphone. And then launch the application on both devices.

  1. Step 2.
    Connect the Devices
  2. You can use the QR code or the 9 digit code to connect both devices. Or you can also try the USB (when sharing screen from phone to PC) or AirPlay (when sharing screen from phone to PC) method for connecting.

Aireless cast in AirDroid Cast

  1. Step 3.
    Start Casting
  2. Once connected, you can start casting by following the on-screen instructions.

mirror iPad to PC via AirDroid Cast

You can connect up to 5 devices at a time to share your mobile screen to the PC using AirDroid Cast.

You can also try the webcast.airdroid.com for sharing screens without installing any software.

AirDroid Cast Web

Advanced Tips and Tricks for Screen Sharing

Try the following tips to enhance your experience for Slack screen share:

1. It is recommended to use a high-quality mic and camera to get a clear audio and video communication.

2. To better focus on what you want to share, it is recommended to share a single screen instead of your entire screen, and don’t forget to close background apps and notifications.

3. Don’t forget to use a strong and reliable network connection to avoid any lags.

4. Use third-party applications or browser extensions to draw and annotate your screen during the screen-sharing session to emphasize specific points and enhance understanding.

tips for Slack screen sharing

Troubleshooting Common Issues in Slack Screen Sharing

Sometimes you may find Slack screen sharing stops working properly. Don’t worry. Slack sometimes glitches like that. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of the problem.

  1. Step 1.When the screen sharing is not working, the first thing we usually think of is the Internet connection. So check the WiFi and see if it the Internet works or not.
  2. Step 2.You can also exit the current session and connect again to see if it works.
  3. Step 3.If the above methods didn’t resolve the problem, try to restart your devices and sometimes it works magic.
  4. Step 4.Last not not least, try to update the Slack version to the latest version. Click the Menu of the Slack app, click Help, and find somewhere says "Check for Update". Then follow the instructions to update the application.
  5. update Slack app

Integrating Third-Party Apps and Tools with Slack Screen Sharing

Many people are impressed with Slack’s integrating third-party apps in Slack to improve work efficiency. Applications and tools like Trello, Google drive, Asana, Aendesk, Figma, and Loom can tremendously help with your teamwork.

How to Integrate Third-Party Apps in Slack:

  1. Step 1.Visit the Slack App Directory by clicking on "Apps" in the left sidebar of your Slack workspace or by visiting the Slack App Directory website.
  2. Step 2.Search for the desired application using the search bar or browse through categories to find an app that suits your needs.
  3. Slack App Directory

  4. Step 3.Click on the app's name to view its details and click the "Add to Slack" button.
  5. Step 4.Follow the on-screen instructions to authorize the app and configure its settings as needed.

Conclusion

To wrap up, it can greatly to enhance team collaboration and productivity to master Slack screen sharing. You will be learning the guide to use Screen Sharing in Slack, as well as the tips and tricks to unleash the power of Slack.

Meanwhile, there are also top-notch alternatives to Slack’s screen sharing feature, such as AirDroid Cast, which allows you to share your screen across various devices, including PC, laptop, smart phone, and TV.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Slack screen sharing differ from other collaboration tools?
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Elsa
Slack makes it easy to use the screen sharing feature, and you can use this feature not only on your desktop but your mobile phones as well. In addition, you can even try to improve your screen sharing experience by drawing.
Can I control the screen shared by someone else?
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Elsa
As a matter of fact, you will need to ask for the control permission and wait for it before you can control the shared screen.
How many people can screen share on Slack at once?
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Elsa
Only one person can share their screen during a Slack video call.
Can I record a screen-sharing session on Slack?
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Elsa
Unfortunately, Slack doesn’t allow recording the screen while screen share, so if you want to record the sharing screen, you can try third-party applications which offer the screen sharing and screen recording, such as AirDroid Personal.
Can I share multiple screens simultaneously on Slack?
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Elsa
You can only share one screen or application at a time during a Slack screen-sharing session.
Are there any limitations on file size when screen sharing on Slack?
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Elsa
No, there are no file size limitations for screen sharing, as you share your screen in real-time rather than uploading a file.
Can I annotate or draw on my screen while screen sharing on Slack?
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Elsa
Yes, definitely. You can annotate or draw your screen using the drawing tool while screen sharing in Slack.
Is screen sharing available on all Slack plans?
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Elsa
Yes. Screen sharing is available on all Slack plans, including the free tier, but the free plan limits the number of people joining the call.
Can I use Slack screen sharing on mobile devices?
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Elsa
As of September 2021, Slack screen sharing is unavailable on mobile devices. However, Slack may introduce this functionality in future updates.
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