How to Share Screen on Google Meet [Desktop & Mobile]

When you’re using Google Meet for a presentation or a team meeting, screen sharing can be a convenient feature as it allows you to share a window, specific tab, or your whole screen.

The share screen feature in most other video conferencing platforms is pretty easy to find. However, the Google meet screen share feature comes under a different name which can be confusing to many people.

This article discusses how to share screen on Google Meet on desktop and mobile platforms. Read on to master this part of the Google Suite.

How to Share Your Screen on Google Meet for Desktop

Sharing your desktop screen in Google Meet is easy and only takes a few easy steps. To share a screen on Google meet, you first need to set up the meeting.

Making a new meeting in Google Meet

To do this:

  1. Head over to the Google Meet website. You can enter the code for an existing meeting or start a New meeting there.
  2. When you start one, you can choose to start it instantly, or you can schedule one for later. Choose your preferred setting depending on your needs. In this case, we chose to Start an instant meeting.

The method indicating how to share screen on Google Meet on Mac or PC is largely the same. To start sharing screen on Google meet, follow these steps:

The location of the share screen button in Google Meet
  • Click on the Present now button in the bottom bar. You can find this button to the left of the three dots.
  • Clicking this allows you to choose what you wish to share. You can choose from sharing Your entire screen, A tab, group of tabs, or A window. For demonstration, we have another window open which we will share.
Choosing the screen to share in Google Meet
  • Click on the window you wish to share to select it.
  • Click on the blue Share button to start the sharing process.
How to stop sharing a screen in Google Meet
  • To stop screen sharing, click on the blue Stop sharing button or click the Present now button again.

How to Share Screen on Google Meet for Mobile

Sharing your screen in the mobile Google Meet version follows similar steps. First, let’s talk about how you can set up the meeting. On your mobile, you can use the dedicated Google Meet application or access Meet through Gmail.

We will be using the native Google Meet application on Android for this demonstration. You can use the same steps for the iOS version.

How to make a new meeting in Google Meet mobile

To set up a meeting:

  1. Open the Meet application. You can enter the code for an existing meeting or start a New meeting there.
  2. When you start one, you can begin it instantly, or you can schedule one for later. Choose your preferred setting depending on your needs. In this case, we chose to Start an instant meeting.

Then, follow these steps to learn how to present in Google meet for mobile:

How to open the share screen menu in Google Meet mobile
  • Click on the three dots symbol at the bottom of the screen.
  • In the menu that shows up, click on Share screen.
The safety message that pops up when you try to share a screen on Google Meet
  • A dialog box will show in the center of the screen, asking you to confirm whether you want to share your screen. Click on Start sharing.
  • To stop presenting, simply go back to the Google Meet application and click on the Stop sharing button in the middle of the screen.

When presenting on a mobile divide, one thing to note is that everything displayed on the screen is shared, including notifications. When presenting something important, you could benefit by turning on your device’s do not disturb mode to avoid unwanted disturbance.

Related Reading: How to Record Google Meet

Google Meet Screen Present With Two or More Participants

Two individuals can present at the same time in Google meet. If another participant is presenting, click on the Present now icon as discussed in the article and select the part of the screen you would like to share.

This will prompt you to choose to Present instead. When you click on that, your presentation will be the highlight of all the participants in your Google Meet session. However, this will pause the other member’s presentation.

Prevent Users From Sharing Screen

Sometimes, you want to prevent others from using Google Meet to present a video with audio. To do this, first, you need to enable Host Management in your Google Meet. Hosts have the option to disable screen sharing for participants in the session.

To turn screen sharing on or off, follow these steps:

  1. Join a Google Meet call with host permissions.
  2. At the bottom right side of the screen, click on Host controls.
  3. A side panel will show up. There, you can toggle the Share their screen option on or off.

If the presentations use a recurring code, the settings are saved. If the setting for a one-time instant meeting is turned off, the presentation setting will automatically turn on once the session ends.

Google Meet Share Screen Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Share Screen and See Participants on Google Meet?

To share the screen, first, join a Google Meet call. There, click on Present now, which will prompt you to choose what you wish to present. You can choose from Your entire screen, A tab, or A window. The screen will start to be shared. Simply click on the Present now icon again or click on Stop sharing to stop the presentation.

Can I See Participants While Sharing Screen?

The participants’ panel is enabled by default on Google Meet, which allows you to see all of the participants in the video call. However, if you can’t see it, click on More in the meeting control part of the window and click on Show Video Panel.

Why Can’t I Share My Screen in Google Meet?

Using outdated versions of the Google Meet platform is the most common reason for not being able to share the screen. To fix this, update your browser or the Google Meet application. Try using a different browser version or create a new meeting.

How Do I Share Multiple Screens?

There can only be a maximum of 10 simultaneous presentations in a meeting simultaneously in Google Meet.

Wrapping Up the Google Meet Present Now Feature

Google meet is a handy video conferencing tool that has made our work-from-home lives much easier, especially with its features like sharing the screen or recording a call. You can share your screen no matter if you’re using a mobile device or a desktop, and there can be 10 simultaneous presentations at once in a Google Meet call.

Now that you know how to share screen on Google Meet, you may find some of our other Google Suite content useful. Check out these related articles:

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