Discord is the most popular VoIP app, and a lot of its users are gamers who want to talk to other players. Discord runs on a variety of platforms and operating systems.
The screen share function is popular because it lets users share their screen with friends. This might be sharing a game or another app.
However, sometimes the audio feature in the screen share tool doesn’t work. Let’s take a look at some of the causes, and then check out the possible fixes:
- Initial phase audio feature: there are still issues with using beta screen share audio in its early phases when it wasn’t stable enough.
- Bad audio drivers: Discord uses audio drivers installed on your hardware, so if those don’t work properly or are corrupted, it can affect the screen share audio.
- Application issues: Some apps just don’t work with Discord. All you can do in this scenario is look for alternative apps.
- Administrative access: Discord can share your whole screen remotely with others, so you might have to grant administrative access (or elevated access) in order to bypass this.
If you’re ready to try some fixes, ensure you have your login credentials to hand. You might have to log into the application from scratch if we have to reset it.
Also, check the sound option is toggled to on in the application window, and you have full administrative access to make changes.
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9 Ways To Fix Discord Screen Share No Audio
The first thing to do is to restart the system. If the problem persists, then we can continue:
1) Grant Elevated Access
Discord used to work fine before the screen share option was introduced. However, due to certain privacy settings, this feature might not function correctly. Granting elevated access might solve the issue.
To do this:
- Press the Windows logo key and E, then find the Discord directory folder. It is likely in the program files in your local disc C.
- Now right click on the app’s executable and choose properties.
- Click on compatibility and toggle ‘run this program as an administrator’ to on.
- Save your changes then try to use the share screen’s audio feature.
2) Adding Your Activity
Although Discord typically detects your activity and adapts accordingly, sometimes this isn’t the case. The application might think you are sharing an app rather than a game screen, or vice versa.
The app developers actually released a feature where you can choose which app you are focused on, because this was a common problem.
- Launch Discord then go to settings.
- Click on the entry of games. This is found in the left navigation bar.
- Go to game activity then add whichever application you were trying to use where the audio didn’t work. Make sure you aren’t running Discord as an administrator when you do this.
Also check to see if any other games in the game activity are running.
If so, remove it from the list then add it back, and check again. If it’s still not working, check the ‘enable in-game overlay’ box and see if that works.
3) Don’t Use Full Screen
Sometimes Discord has a conflict when you try to run a game in full-screen mode and share the audio.
Try to use a minimized format and whether that makes a difference.
Restart your PC before trying this fix. You can change the game settings to use windowed mode rather than have full-screen as the default.
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4) Try Push to Talk
Although Discord is supposed to detect audio and transmit it over the internet, the beta feature of screen share with audio doesn’t always work this way.
You might want to stop automatic audio detection and instead use push to talk. This means you manually press a key to capture and transmit sound.
Once Discord is more stable, you can always revert back to automatic sound detection.
5) Check for Application Conflicts
Not all applications are compatible with the screen share with audio feature on Discord, including some common ones like Mozilla Firefox.
The process used to produce sound isn’t the same process owning the graphic window.
This means Discord might try to extract the sound from whichever window is producing the graphic window. This is one reason the audio might not seem to be working.
There is no fix for this, apart from trying alternatives or waiting for the developers to come up with a solution.
6) Try to Reinstall Audio Drivers
These drivers connect the hardware on your PC with the operating system and its apps, including Discord. Sometimes an outdated or corrupted driver can mean the app won’t transmit audio properly when using the share screen feature.
Reinstalling the audio drivers might solve this issue.
- Press the Windows logo key and R, then type: devmgmt.msc and hit enter.
- Now expand the audio inputs and outputs category and right click.
- Right click on the sound hardware then choose uninstall device.
- Right click on the screen and choose to scan for hardware changes. The PC will try to find the sound module and install the default drivers for it.
- Now restart your computer, then see whether the screen share feature works.
If not, update the drivers by right clicking on the driver and clicking on update.
Alternatively you can go to the manufacturer’s download page. If your motherboard is Biostar, for example, go to the Biostar website and install the drivers from there.
It is a good idea to update all the drivers, since even one problematic one can produce errors.
7) Clear Cache and Roaming Data
Discord uses the cache and roaming data options to save your user preferences and keep temporary data.
If the cache or temporary files becomes corrupted, this might result in no audio during Discord screen share.
Thus deleting the cache files might solve the problem. Exit Discord, then use task manager to close all its running processes.
- Press the Windows logo key and R, then type: %appdata% and locate the Discord folder.
- Right click it and press delete.
- Now restart your computer and then launch Discord to see if the error is fixed.
8) Update or Reinstall Discord
Because Discord’s screen share with audio feature is still in beta, there has not been much rigorous testing.
Discord representatives say this utility will be included in a stable version but right now it’s only available in the Canary client.
You have the choice of waiting for the new version or deleting and reinstalling Discord.
- Press the Windows logo key with R, then type: appwiz.cpl and hit enter.
- Search for the Discord entry then right click it and choose uninstall.
- Restart your computer after uninstalling, then head to the Discord website and download a new installation.
- Install it, reboot your PC again and check to see if the issue is fixed.
9) Check Your PC’s Audio Settings
If nothing above has worked and you still can’t share audio, there might be something wrong with your computer’s audio device. Perhaps they are not configured or selected correctly.
You need to see whether the right recording input device is selected, and also check that Discord is granted access in your microphone settings.
- Press the Windows logo key and S
- Type: “microphone privacy settings” and open the result – ensure the option allowing apps to use your microphone is enabled and make sure the app you are trying to share the audio from is included.
- Save any changes and exit.
- Launch Discord and see if it works.
- Right click on the sound icon and select sounds.
- Select the recording tab and then the right recording device. If the wrong one is enabled, disable that and then enable the right one.
- Save your changes and exit, then reboot your computer.
- Launch the Discord app and see if the audio works.
If not, try a web version of Discord in Opera or Chrome. A final suggestion would be to use an audio mixer application along with screen share.