Discord is one of the best and favorite applications of gamers. I haven’t met a single gamer who doesn’t use Discord.
With its latest screen share feature, Discord has gained even more popularity. As you can also share your screen alongside messaging and calling! Although, the screen share issue has some bugs which are causing major distress among users.
One of the major issues in the Discord screen share is a black screen. You’re enjoying your game while sharing it with your friend and suddenly the screen goes blank! This can be a major problem for any gamer. Thankfully, we have found multiple solutions that have a proven record to work in different cases.
In this article, we will discuss the various reasons for Discord screen share and solutions to fix the issue. The fixes discussed in the article include:
- Restart the computer
- Update Discord
- Clear Discord cache files
- Run Discord as an Administrator
- Disable ‘Use latest technology’ Option
- Update your graphics driver
- Close unneeded applications
- Close hardware acceleration
- Switch to Borderless/windowed mode
- Reinstall Discord
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Some Common Reasons for Discord Screen Share Black Screen Issue
The screen share black screen issue can happen due to several reasons. That is why we don’t have a one-solution-fits-all kind of fix. Let’s take a look at the common reasons for Discord screen share black screen issues.
- Access privileges: if you’re sharing a screen of an application that has different access privileges to Discord then it can suddenly show a black screen. Access privileges are one of the most common reasons for screen sharing issues in Discord.
- Use Latest technologies: an innovative feature offered by Discord and we know how much gamers love to explore! Unfortunately, this feature has also been known to cause issues with screen sharing.
- Graphics drivers: one of the most common reasons behind any screen-related issue is outdated or damaged graphics drivers. This issue can be easily solved and if drivers are the case then you must be facing other screen-related issues in your system.
- Issues with the new screen sharing feature: screen sharing is a relatively new feature. It still has bugs and you’re likely to run into issues but don’t worry. Most issues can be easily resolved.
Now that you understand the major reason you might be facing the issue. Let’s get started on how we can quickly resolve this issue.
Fix 1: Restart the Computer
The first and most-relatable solution to all your tech-related issues is to restart the computer. Sharing your application window or screen means you’re running more than one application. In which case, another application (currently running or running in the background) might be conflicting with Discord.
Restarting the computer will close and resolve any such conflicts. If you haven’t already tried that,
- Restart your computer
- Relaunch the Discord application
See if the screen is still black. If it is, then move on to our next solution.
Fix 2: Update Discord
Discord regularly releases updates. In fact, it checks for updates each time we launch it. Mostly, those updates are meant to fix certain bugs but they can also cause them.
It’s certainly possible that a new update is needed to fix the issue. If that’s the case then updating Discord can resolve the screen share black screen issue.
To update Discord:
- Close the current Discord window.
- Press Windows + R keys, type %localappdata% in the dialog box, and hit enter.
- Locate the Discord folder manually or press the d key in your keyboard, and open it.
- Double click on the Update.exe file and wait for Discord to update.
Try using the screen share feature again and see if the problem remains.
Fix 3: Clear Discord Cache Files
Discord makes use of the cache to save user preferences and make their experience smoother and faster. The cache is dramatically fast as it’s easier to extract data from cache than the main memory. The cache component is called more than a dozen times in a single call.
If there is one or more damaged or corrupt files in your Discord cache then it may be causing the black screen issue. It’s easy to resolve, just delete the Discord cache files and start over again!
To delete Discord cache files:
- Exit the Discord application (if you’re currently running it).
- Open the Task Manager by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting Task Manager from the menu.
- In the task manager, right-click on Discord and close all running processes.
- Press Windows key + R, type %appdata% in the dialogue box, and press enter.
- In the Roaming folder, navigate to the Discord by pressing the D key, right-click on the folder, and select Delete.
- Restart your computer and relaunch Discord.
If damaged cache files were the issue then you should be able to run the screen sharing feature smoothly now. If not, then try out the next solution.
Fix 4: Run Discord as an Administrator
Discord screen share black screen issue is very common due to a permissions conflict. To be precise, a permission conflict between the application you’re sharing and Discord.
For example, if you’re sharing a game window through Discord and the game and the screen suddenly goes black. This may happen because the game is running as an administrator and Discord is not.
If access permissions are the issue, then you can resolve it by running both applications as an admin or neither one as an admin. Before launching Discord with administrative privileges, start by closing the current Discord window.
To run Discord as an administrator:
- Press the Windows key to open the Start menu and type Discord
- When the results appear, right-click on the Discord search result and select Run as Administrator
- Now, make sure that the other application (one that you are sharing) is also running in the administrative privileges. To do that, follow the same procedure as above but search for the other application instead of Discord.
Try sharing the screen again and see if the issue is resolved.
Fix 5: Disable ‘Use Latest Technology’ Option in Discord
The use of the latest technology option has been reported to prompt the black screen in Discord. There seems to be a bug with their API. Although, the exact reason for the glitches is uncertain at the moment.
Nonetheless, disabling the ‘use latest technology’ option has worked for many Discord users facing the black screen issues.
To turn off ‘use latest technology option’:
- Locate the Voice and video option in the Discord sidebar.
- Scroll down the Voice and Video tab to find ‘use our latest technology to capture your screen’ and toggle Off.
Close Discord and reopen it to see if the problem persists. If it did, then there’s probably something else causing the issue. Move on to the next fix on the list.
Fix 6: Update Your Graphics Driver
Outdated or faulty graphics drivers can often cause issues like black screen (in Discord and otherwise).
Note: try this option first if you’re having a black screen or other screen-related issues on your computer.
To update your graphics driver:
- Press Windows key + R, type “devmgmt.msc” in the dialog box, and hit enter.
- This will open the device manager. Navigate to Display adapters and right-click on the graphics option you’re using and select Update driver.
- In the following windows, select Search automatically for updated driver software.
- Windows will automatically search the internet and your computer for the latest driver software for your device.
- Install the driver software and try Discord again.
If your issue is still unresolved then move on to the next solution.
Fix 7: Close Unneeded Applications
Discord is most frequently used by gamers and most games require high graphics and memory. If you’re running multiple programs in the background along with Discord then it may be causing the black screen. Closing unwanted applications can then resolve your screen share black screen issue.
To turn off unwanted (background) applications:
- Right-click on your taskbar and select Task Manager (Start Task manager for Windows 7 users).
- In the Task Manager window, check your CPU and memory columns.
- In the applications section, search through apps to find unwanted applications hogging the system.
- Right-click on the application you want to close and select End task.
- Close all other unwanted applications in the same way.
Restart Discord and check if the problem is resolved. If it’s not then go ahead with the next fix.
Fix 8: Close Hardware Acceleration
Hardware acceleration in Discord is an excellent feature. It results in better performance by enabling Discord to offload certain computing tasks to hardware components.
Note: try this solution first if your computer hardware is prone to overheating.
Although, if your hardware components are prone to overheating then enabling hardware acceleration can cause issues. This issue can also be resolved by shutting down unnecessary applications on your system. If it didn’t, then you should run Discord with hardware acceleration disabled.
To turn off hardware acceleration:
- In the Discord app, click on the Settings icon located at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
- Select appearance in the left sidebar and scroll down to Hardware acceleration under Advanced settings and toggle it Off.
- Click okay to confirm and try screen sharing again.
If your issue was caused due to hardware, then it should be resolved by now. If it’s not then try the next fix in the list.
Fix 9: Switch to the Borderless/Windowed Mode
The screen sharing mode in Discord does with applications that use exclusively full screen. You can only run an application as a windowed or borderless mode. This can be pretty annoying but you can use it as a last resort.
To solve the issue, simply switch the game or any other application to windowed or borderless mode. This should solve the black screen issue in a Discord screen share.
Fix 10: Reinstall Discord
Your problem should be resolved by now. If none of the solutions have fixed your issue then there’s a chance that your Discord files were corrupted or damaged. The only solution to that is to reinstall Discord and try the screen sharing again.
To reinstall Discord:
- First, you need to uninstall Discord, for that, press Windows key + R, type “appwiz.cpl” in the dialogue box and hit enter.
- This will open the Control panel window.
- In the control panel, press D to navigate to the Discord entry. Right-click on it and select uninstall in the dropdown.
- Restart your computer.
- Go to Discord’s official website and click on download for Windows.
- Install the application by following the install wizard and restart your computer again.
Now, use the screen share feature in Discord with ease!
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