[SOLVED] Discord Screenshare No Audio

Discord is a useful program for messaging and having voice video chats with other people. The Discord screen share feature allows users to share their screen with other people so that they can watch and listen to the same thing remotely. Unfortunately, a lot of users have reported that when they try to do this they encounter audio issues. While the video will display, the audio won’t.

This can be frustrating and often people struggle to fix the problem. This article will explain all of the ways to make sure that the audio works on the Discord screen sharing feature.

Why is my Discord screenshare audio not working?

Discord screen share audio can fail to work for a number of reasons. Normally this is because…

  • The settings are wrong on Discord
  • The settings are wrong on your computer
  • Your computer needs to be restarted
  • Your software is out of date
  • You’re using the wrong browser
  • There are problems with applications you are trying to share
  • You need to clear the Discord cache
  • Discord is out of date
  • Discord is corrupted
  • An antivirus or Windows Firewall is blocking the audio transmission

How do I fix Discord screen share no audio?

Before you move on to our in-depth solutions further down the page, there are a couple of workaround solutions that people have found. It’s also worth trying our ‘do these quick things first’ section to make sure that there isn’t a simple answer.

Workaround solutions

Using a workaround solution may allow you to get the audio working straight away. If you’re in a rush to share your screen and audio, then try these. Before the next time you use Discord, though, you should try our in-depth solutions to find a permanent solution to the problem.

Use push to talk

This is done by changing the input mode setting in Discord to Push to Talk. Sometimes this will override whatever is blocking the audio transmission. But as the name suggests you have to keep pushing. To transmit audio, you will have to hold down your push to talk button.

To do this…

  1. Go to User Settings on Discord (the cogwheel icon in the bottom left corner)
  2. Under App settings on the left side choose Voice and Video
  3. Scroll down to the next page. In the Input Mode box, you will see a tick box for Voice Activity and also a tick box for Push to Talk
  4. Tick Push to Talk
  5. You’ll be prompted to assign a key on your keyboard as your push to talk button

After you have done this, return to your Discord screen share and see if the push to talk feature allows the other person to hear your audio.

Avoid fullscreen

When you screen share with other people, at the top of the Discord page choose the option of switching to Application Window instead of Your Entire Screen.

Do these quick things first

Doing these quick things may resolve a minor problem that is causing Discord screen share audio to fail.

Toggle sound on and turn the volume up

Make sure that sound is toggled on Discord and that the volume is turned to maximum. If the sound is off or the volume is very low, this will be blocking the sound or making it inaudible.

  1. Go to User Settings on Discord (the cogwheel icon in the bottom left corner)
  2. Look for the sound toggle and make sure it is turned on
  3. Find the volume settings and make sure they are all at maximum. The default setting is maximum and so it will not hurt to have them at maximum

Reset your computer’s audio settings

The audio settings on your computer may just be blocking audio transmissions. Try resetting them and see if this solves the problem

  1. Search for Settings in the Search bar and open Settings
  2. Go to System and then Sound
  3. Go to Advanced Sound Options
  4. Click Reset
  5. Allow the process to finish

Restart your computer

Log out of Discord, restart your computer and then relaunch Discord. Sometimes a simple restart of your computer and a relaunch of the Discord app will fix minor problems.

In-depth solutions for Discord screen share audio not working

If the quick solutions don’t work for you, then try our in-depth solutions to get Discord screen share working with audio again.

Option #1: Add your activity to Discord

The most common cause of the Discord screen share no audio problem is that users haven’t added their activity to Discord. Adding your activity to Discord will enable audio to be transmitted while screen sharing.

  1. Go to User Settings on Discord (the cogwheel icon in the bottom left corner)
  2. Go to Game Activity
  3. Click on the Add it button next to the text which says ‘Not seeing your game?
  4. Open the program you want to share
  5. Click Add it
  6. Using the drop-down menu which appears, add your program

This quick solution often works. Return to the chat you were having on the Discord app and try to screen share again. See if the audio works this time.

Option #2: Run as administrator

Try running Discord in administrator mode. This will often override minor access problems with the Discord app.

  1. Logout of Discord and close it
  2. Find your Discord shortcut icon (this is usually on your desktop)
  3. If you don’t have a shortcut look for the app in the Discord folder on My Computer
  4. Right-click on it and choose Run as Administrator

Log back into Discord and see if the Discord screen share audio works in administrator mode.

Option #3: Reset Discord voice settings

In Voice and Video, which is located at the bottom of the Discord Settings page, reset voice settings to see if this will fix Discord screen share audio.

  1. Click the User Settings icon on Discord
  2. Go to Voice and Video
  3. Click on Reset Voice Settings and then click OK
  4. Allow the process to finish

After you have reset voice settings, try a Discord screen share again and see if the audio works.

Option #4: Update audio drivers

The next thing to do is make sure your audio drivers are updated to the latest version. If even one audio driver is out of date this can cause an issue. This is often done automatically by your device, but it’s worth checking this isn’t causing an issue.

On Windows 10…

  1. Search for Device Manager in the Search bar and then open it
  2. Find your audio drivers then right-click on any you’d like to update
  3. Choose Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software
  4. If Windows is able to find any updates it will notify you
  5. Select Update Driver
  6. Allow the process to finish

If Windows is unable to find any updates you can find out who the manufacturer of your audio card is and visit their website to download an update.

This will often resolve other audio issues if you have been experiencing more problems than just with Discord. Relaunch the Discord application and try to screen share with sound again and see if your Discord audio now works.

Option #5: Use a different browser

Chrome or Opera are both good browsers to use for Discord. If you are using a different browser, then download Chrome or Opera and try doing a Discord screen share with one of these browsers instead.

To download Google Chrome
  1. Open your normal browser
  2. Type ‘google.com/chrome’ into the address bar and press enter
  3. Click Download Chrome 
  4. Click Accept and Install  and then Save File

After you have finished, close your browser and launch Google Chrome. Go to Discord and see if your Discord screen share audio not working problem is fixed. Google Chrome is a powerful browser and you may find that it is useful for more applications than just Discord.

Option #7: Check the application which you are trying to share

Your Discord screen share no audio problem may be caused by the program which you are trying to share, rather than by Discord.

Go to the application and check sharing audio is enabled. Alternatively, there may be another issue with the program which you need to fix in order for a Discord screen share to work correctly. Fix any problem you are able to find and then try Discord again.

Option#8: Clear the Discord cache

The Discord cache stores files to help Discord to run more efficiently. If any of these files are corrupted they may be preventing the Discord screen sharing feature from transmitting audio. The Discord cache is stored in your computer’s roaming data directory.

  1. Log out of Discord and close it
  2. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box
  3. In the search box, type ‘%appdata%’ and press enter
  4. The roaming data directory will open
  5. Right-click on the Discord folder and then delete it

After you have done this you should restart your computer. When you are back on, open the Discord app and try screen sharing again. Hopefully your Discord screen share no audio problem is fixed.

Option #9: Update discord

If your version of Discord is out of date, the Discord screen share audio feature will often fail to work. Try updating Discord and see if this resolves the issue.

  1. Press the Windows key + R at the same time to open the Run dialog box
  2. Type ‘%localappdata%’ and click OK
  3. The Discord folder will open
  4. Click on it and then click on the update.exe file
  5. Follow any prompts to complete the update process

Relaunch Discord after the update process has finished and see if Discord screen share now works with audio.

Option #10: Uninstall and then re-install Discord

Discord may have become corrupted. Try uninstalling it and then reinstalling the latest version.

To uninstall Discord and then reinstall it…

  1. Logout of Discord and close it
  2. Search for Control Panel in the Search bar
  3. Click on Programs
  4. Go to Programs and Features
  5. You’ll see a list of apps
  6. Find Discord and right-click on it
  7. Choose Uninstall

After you have finished, go to the website and download and install the latest version. Open the application and see if you can do a Discord screen share with audio.

Option #11: Disable the Antivirus temporarily

Antivirus programs can interfere with Discord and block audio transmission. If you temporarily disable your antivirus then you may be able to fix the problem.

Before you do anything log out of and close Discord.

If you’re on Windows 10, follow the instructions below to turn off Windows Defender. After you’ve finished, return to Discord and try to screen share with audio. Make sure that you turn Windows Defender back on after you have finished.

Windows Defender (Windows 10)

  1. Go to the Start menu and find Settings
  2. Go to Updates and Security
  3. Select Windows Security and then Open Windows Security
  4. Go to Virus and Threat Protection
  5. Choose Manage Settings
  6. Below Real-Time Protection there is a toggle switch
  7. Turn this to Off

If you use a third-party antivirus make sure that you turn this off as well.

Option #12: Disable Windows Firewall

Windows Firewall can also block audio transmissions from the Discord application. Turning it off may fix your audio issues.

To disable Windows Firewall…

  1. Logout of Discord and close it
  2. Type Firewall in the Search Bar and click on it
  3. Firewall will open
  4. On the left-hand side go to Turn Windows Defender Firewall On or Off
  5. There are 2 tick boxes for Block all Incoming Connections. One for your privacy settings and one for your public settings.
  6. Deselect both of these boxes
  7. Click OK or hit enter

After you have finished reopen Discord and try to screen share with audio again.