All Fixes: Discord Screen Share Audio Not Working

All Fixes - Discord Screen Share Audio Not Working
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Discord is a very popular application among gamers. It’s mostly used to communicate and share the screen with other players during the gaming sessions.

The screen sharing feature in Discord isn’t stable yet, so it still has some bugs. Users have frequently reported no audio or black screen when trying to use the share screen feature.

In this article we discuss most fixes and proven solutions to fix the Discord screen share no audio problem.

If your Discord audio is working, but it’s constantly cutting out, then we recommend you check our article on fixes for when Discord audio keeps cutting out.

Common Reasons for Audio Not Working with Discord Screen Share

A major reason why you may be facing issues with this particular feature is that each computer has a different configuration and that affects the applications running on that computer.

  • Issues with the Audio Driver: Like all other apps that play audio, Discord also makes use of your audio driver. If the driver is not functioning properly or is corrupt then you will experience issues with the voice.
  • Administrative Access: as Discord shares your complete screen remotely, it might require administrative access. Granting administrative access may solve this problem.
  • Application-specific Issues: Discord does not work well with some applications. If that’s the case, then there isn’t much you can do but look for alternatives.
  • Browser Compatibility: If you’re running Discord on a browser, then switching your browser to Opera can help.
  • Bugs in the Initial Version: since screen sharing functionality is particularly new, there may be some bugs in the beta version.

Now that we have reviewed the major problems, let’s discuss the solutions.

Before We Begin

Before moving forward, make sure that:

  • In the application window, the sound option is toggled ON
  • You have your account credentials, as changing the setting will require you to log in

Fix 1 – Restart Your System

Restarting the system can help if another program running on the computer is conflicting with Discord. Restarting the system will wipe off the current state of the program which in turn resolves the issue.

Re-launch the Discord application after restarting the system. If you’re still facing the same issue then try the next solution.

Fix 2 – Add the Program You Want to Share to Discord

Discord automatically detects your current activity and the audio settings with it. When you’re having issues with the audio settings, it may be because it cannot properly detect your activity.

When you’re screen sharing between different applications and games, the application can sometimes confuse and detect the incorrect settings. To remedy this, Discord has a special feature where you can add your activity to Discord.

To add the program you want to share to Discord:

  1. Open Discord and click on the settings icon at the bottom right corner.
  2. In settings, click on Games entry in the left navigation bar and click on Add it. In the drop-down menu, select the program you want to share and click on Add game.
  3. Toggle the overlay in the game activity to On.

    Re-launch the application and see if the problem is fixed.

    Fix 3 – Check Application as a Possible Reason

    You may face issues with voice and other bugs specific to certain applications like Mozilla Firefox.

    A major reason why you face this problem is that you’re using multiple processes. The application window may not be the one producing the sound. Discord extracts sound from the application that is open on the screen.

    The best solution is to go with an alternative and switch your browser to Opera or Google Chrome. It’s the only browser apart from Google Chrome that can transmit audio.

    Fix 4 – Disable Anti-Virus

    Anti-virus often blocks applications or a feature of the application. If the audio is completely blocked then there’s a high probability that antivirus is not the issue.

    Even so, (temporarily) disable your anti-virus application to check if it’s causing the problem. You can check the antivirus documentation for instruction on temporarily disabling it.

    If you’re using Windows 10 default security settings then follow the instructions below to disable it. Go to the start menu and open settings.

    In the settings window, open the Windows security settings and click on ‘virus and threat protection’ under ‘protection areas’.

    This will open a new Window where select manage settings under virus and threat protection settings. Toggle all protection settings to Off.

    If your audio settings are back to normal, then antivirus was probably causing the issues. Add Discord to the list of exceptions of that antivirus and enable the antivirus again, and check if audio sharing works now.

    Important: make sure to turn on the virus and protection settings when you’re done.

    Fix 5 – Reset Discord Voice Settings

    If you recently made changes in the Discord voice setting then it may be causing the issue. Re-set the voice settings to default will probably solve the issue.

    To reset Discord voice settings:

    1. Run Discord and click on the settings icon on the bottom left corner of the application screen.
    2. Go to voice and video settings scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Reset voice settings.
    3. Click okay in the pop-up windows.

    Use the screen sharing feature again to check if it worked. If the problem resists, then move on to the next fix.

    Fix 6 – Audio Drivers

    Audio drivers connect the hardware on your computer with the operating system and application running on it. They’re one of the most crucial parts of

    A very common concern when you’re missing audio in the screen sharing mode is due to missing or outdated drivers. If that’s the case then updating the driver settings will solve the issue.

    To update your audio drivers:

    1. Open the Device Manager in the Control Panel -> all control panel items -> Device Manager or press Ctrl+R and type “devmgmt.msc” in the dialog box and hit enter.
      Launching Device Manager by navigating to it in Control Panel
      Launching Device Manager by running devmgmt.msc
    2. In the device manager, right-click on the speaker under audio inputs and outputs. This will open an options menu.
    3. Firstly, update the audio driver and check if it resolved the issue.
    4. If updating the audio driver didn’t work, then uninstall the device and re-install it by right-clicking on the speaker.

    Fix 7 – Administrative Access

    Screen sharing takes up more resources than most of the other features in Discord. Due to which it becomes a privacy concern and requires elevated access permissions.

    To give Discord administrative access:

    1. Press Windows + E to open file explorer.
    2. Navigate to the directory where Discord is installed. The default location is in the Local Disk C -> Program files.
    3. In the directory, right-click on the program’s executable (.exe) file and select properties.
    4. In the properties window, click on the compatibility tab and check the Run program as administrator option.
    5. Press Apply to save changes and exit. Try to run the screen sharing in Discord again to check if the fix worked.

    Fix 8 – Check the Computer Audio Settings

    If you’ve tried all the methods above and you can’t transmit audio on any application or game in the screen sharing mode then the problem may be in your computer’s audio devices. They may not be configured or selected properly.

    There are two things we need to check here:

    • If the correct recording input device is selected
    • If Discord is allowed proper access in microphone settings

    To configure your microphone settings:

    1. Press the Windows key and enter Microphone privacy settings in the dialog box.
    2. In the microphone settings, toggle On the Allows apps to access your microphone settings and Allow desktop apps to access your microphone settings.
    3. Save the settings and exit. Relaunch the application to check if the problem has been resolved.

    If the problem persists, then follow the guidelines below to enable the correct recording device.

    1. Press the Windows key and type change sound settings and select it.
    2. In the Sound window, open the recording tab and select the correct recording device.
    3. Save changes and exit. Check if the issue is fixed.

    Fix 9 – Disable Any Experimental Audio

    Discord has a particularly unique option in which you can use an experimental method to capture voice or screen. Just as the name suggests, the technology is experimental and has bugs that have not been resolved yet. If the experimental audio was toggled on, then it’s probably causing the issue with voice.

    To turn off experimental technology:

    1. Navigate to Voice and Video in the sidebar and scroll down to find the use of experimental technology to capture audio for gamesand use of experimental technology to capture your screen.
    2. Toggle Off both options and relaunch Discord.

    Fix 10 – Clear Cache

    Like all other applications, Discord makes use of cache and roaming data to save user preferences and temporary operations. The cache component is used more than a dozen times in a single call.

    If your cached files are damaged or corrupted in some way then it may be causing the issue with the audio. In which case, clearing your cached data will probably solve the problem.

    To clear Discord’s cached data:

    1. Exit the Discord application (if you’re running it).
    2. Open the Task Manager and close all Discord running processes through the Task Manager.
    3. Press Ctrl + R and type %appdata% in the dialogue box and hit enter.
    4. In the Roaming folder, navigate to the Discord folder, right-click on it and hit Delete.
    5. Restart your system and launch the Discord application to see if the problem is fixed.

    Fix 11 – Update Discord

    If you’re suddenly having issues with the voice in the middle of the session then a new update might be causing it. Close the Discord application and relaunch it. The updates are automatically installed each time Discord is launched.

    Fix 12 – Use Push to Talk

    Discord has an option to automatically detect audio and share it accordingly over the internet. With the beta version of the Discord screen sharing feature, it’s reported to create several problems.

    The alternative is to stop the automatic detection of audio activity and switch to push to talk.

    In the push to talk method, you will have to push a specific key to detect and transmit voice. This key is specified in your application settings. You can use the push to talk feature for the time being and undo the operation once Discord is stable enough.

    Fix 13 – Re-install Discord

    If none of the solutions fixed your problem then your Discord files might be corrupt or damaged. To remedy that, try re-installing Discord.

    To uninstall and reinstall Discord:

    1. To uninstall Discord, press ctrl + R, and type “appwiz.cpl” in the dialogue box and hit enter to open the control panel.
    2. In the control panel, press D to navigate to the Discord entry, right-click on it and select uninstall.
    3. Restart your computer.
    4. Go to Discord’s official website and click on download for Windows.
    5. Install the application and restart your computer again.

    We hope one of the fixes in our article helped resolved your screen share audio problem. Let us know about your experience or if you have any questions, and if you’re having issues we’ll try to help ASAP. You can contact us here.

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