Google Meet Screen Sharing Not Working? How to Fix the Problem

What to do when you can't screen share on Google Meet

Presenting your screen in Google Meet is normally a straightforward process. When it doesn't work, you might have a black screen only, or the screen share button is greyed out.

How Do I Enable Screen Sharing on Google Meet?

Under normal circumstances, it's simple to share your screen through Google Meet. Follow these steps after joining a meeting:

  • Desktop: Select the up arrow, and then choose a presentation type.
  • App: Tap the three-dot menu, and then Share screen.
Three Dot menu in Google Meet and Present menu options

Why Can't I Present My Screen on Google Meet?

Screen sharing doesn't always work out as smoothly as those directions make it seem. Here are various fixes for when Google Meet screen sharing isn't working:

  1. Depending on how you are using Google Meet, restart the app or your browser. A simple restart is often enough to fix issues.

    A restart involves a total shutdown of the app/browser. Minimizing it, or switching to another app and then back to Google Meet, isn't enough, so make sure you really quit the app. If you're not sure if you're totaling shutting down the app or your browser, restart your computer or phone.

    You can instead try refreshing the page, if you're logged in through a web browser, but restarting is the best first thing to try. You'll have to rejoin the meeting after completing this step.

  2. If the screen sharing option is greyed out, then the host has disabled it for everyone else.

    Contact the host and ask them to lift the restriction. They can do this on a computer by opening host controls (the shield symbol) and enabling Share their screen. If they're using a phone, the same option is available through Meeting safety, which is found via the three-dot menu.

    Share their screen highlighted in Google Meet safety controls
  3. You can't share your screen if you're currently doing so. While this sounds obvious, there are actually a few different sharing sources, and some of them only work if you disable the current screen share.

    When using Google Meet from a web browser, you're able to share your entire screen, a specific window, or a specific browser tab. You have to stop the share completely before you can pick a different type.

    For example, if you're sharing the whole screen, you can't switch to a window or tab without first selecting Stop presenting from the share button. The only exception is if you're sharing a browser tab—choose Share this tab instead to switch to that tab.

    Google Meet Stop presenting button
  4. Double-check that the window you're sharing isn't minimized. This makes the screen black in Google Meet, which looks like the share has stopped, but really you just need to resize the window again.

  5. Similar to the previous step, ensure if you're sharing a whole window at once, that the Google Meet page isn't in that same window. This can cause confusion because each time you flip back to the meeting, you won't see the tab you were presenting, since now it's the meeting tab that you're sharing.

    To solve this, simply isolate the Google Meet tab. Make it be in its own browser window. Either that, or change what you're sharing to be a single tab instead of the whole window.

  6. Are you sure it's not working? If someone else in the meeting decides to share their screen while yours is currently being presented, they will overtake you as the main presenter.

    When this happens for other desktop users, the screen share is hidden but isn't removed. All you need to do is select Resume presenting from the share button.

    Google Meet Resume Presenting button

    If you're sharing your phone screen through the Google Meet app, another user sharing their screen will kick your off. You'll need to start your screen share again to take over as main presenter.

  7. Are you using macOS? There's a privacy setting specifically for screen recording that must be enabled for the browser you're using.

    Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Screen Recording, and check the box next to your browser to give it permission to share the contents of your screen.

  8. Update your browser or the Google Meet app. Using an outdated version could mean there are bugs or compatibility issues preventing screen sharing.

  9. Try a different browser, like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, or Vivaldi. When all else fails, accessing the meeting through a different browser is the most likely solution. We've seen this fix the problem on Linux operating systems, specifically, but it doesn't hurt to try.

    If this works, some possible reasons could be that a setting within the original browser is conflicting with the screen recording, the software is incompatible with Google Meet, or a browser extension is interfering with the screen share.

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