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How to share screen in Google Hangout

Author: Helga York
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Google Hangouts is a free communication platform that allows text messaging, as well as video and voice calls with one to one or one to many recipients. A useful feature of Google Hangouts is the ability to share your screen with other hangout attendees. Whether you want to share a presentation or simply collaborate with colleagues, sharing your desktop let’s other people see what you’re seeing – making for more effective and meaningful communication.

Screenshare with Google Hangouts is exceptionally easy. It works just as well on laptops and mobile devices including iPhone and iPad.

Easy steps to screencast from Google Hangouts

The process might vary slightly depending on whether you’re using Hangouts in your browser or as a mobile application.
  1. Launch Google Hangouts on your desktop or app.
  2. Start a video call and select the “Share Screen” option from the top right menu options. If you are using a mobile application use the meatballs menu option (three dots) to open additional options. Select the “Share screen” option.

    Screen sharing via Google Hangouts

  3. Select either “Entire Screen” or “Window” from the options available and click “Share”.

    Share desktop in Google Hangout

  4. If you select the “Window” option, you will be presented with all the current windows that are open on your machine. Simply select the window you wish to share to continue.

    Screen sharing in Google Hangout

  5. To finish the process, click “Present to everyone”. Depending on your network speed, the process may take a little while but once you are connected, all video participants will be able to view your screen and all actions you undertake on your computer including keyboard and mouse actions. Screen sharing stops as soon as the call is disconnected.

Google Hangouts screen sharing not working? Solve the issue

If you are experiencing problems sharing your screen in your browser, make sure you have enabled your security settings for screen recording. On a Mac, go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Screen Recording and make sure your Browser is listed, and selected.

share screen on Google Hangouts

If you are using Google Hangouts in the browser, there are a number of things you can do to troubleshoot:

  1. Clear your cache and then try to share your screen again. If you are still experiencing problems, try a different browser. Since Chrome is developed by Google, it is recommended over Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge / Internet Explorer.
  2. In Chrome, other extensions may be preventing you from using the screen sharing feature. If so, you need to disable your extensions and add them back to see which one is causing the conflict.
  3. If you are using the mobile application, make sure you are running the most recent version. If you are still experiencing problems, uninstall the application and reinstall it again.


In 2020, Google introduced two new apps to replace Google Hangouts. Google Chat features secure one on one chats or group chats. Sharing from Google Drive is also available within Google Chat. Google Chat doesn’t currently support video chat, but that feature is available in Google Meet. Google Meets is for video conferencing. Meetings can be held with up to 100 participants and for a maximum duration of 60 minutes. It is available for anyone with a Google account.

Hangouts is no longer supported by Google, and unless the end user opts out, all users will automatically be migrated to Google Chat going forward. Any Hangouts chat history will still be available in Chat.

In order to share your screen on Google Meet, you have to ensure your system preferences are set correctly. During a call simply click the “Present Now” option. If you’re running Google Meet in Chrome, you will have the option to share your screen, the current Chrome tab or you can select a particular window. If you are using Safari on a Mac, you are limited to only sharing your screen.