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Discord screen share no audio: Quick Fix

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Discord is one of the most popular VoIP platforms at the moment. The program started as a communications app for gamers but has evolved into a platform for anyone who wants to hang out with their friends.

While the team behind Discord has put a lot of effort into making the program flawless, there are still occasional bugs and glitches. In this article, we’re talking about getting no audio when sharing screens on Discord and how you can fix the issue.

Why does the ‘Discord screen share no audio’ issue happen?

There are several reasons why you might not get any audio when sharing your screen. You could be facing bad audio drivers, lack of administrator access to Discord or just some program bugs the development team hasn’t worked out yet. 

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How to fix this?

Here are a few solutions you can try out to fix the issue.

Restart your PC

Restarting your PC to fix problems that appear out of nowhere isn’t something new. It’s one of the easiest solutions to most seemingly random problems. Reboot your machine and try running Discord again. That should resolve your issue.

Run Discord as administrator

Since Discord uses UDP to communicate with its servers, there’s a chance that inappropriate permissions are getting in its way. Try running Discord with administrator privileges to check if that resolves your issue. 

Right-click on the Discord icon either on the desktop or the start menu and choose the Run as Administrator option. 

Check Discord servers

Another possible reason for this could be a problem at Discord’s end. However, the program is used by millions worldwide, and servers are under constant load, so a failure here and there isn’t that surprising. You can use this link to check the online status of various Discord systems.

Avoid full screen mode

This is a one-off bug that affects a few users across the program’s userbase. If you’re showing an application or game in the full-screen mode, chances are your audio might not go through.

The solution to this? Run whatever program or game it is in windowed mode, and you should hear the audio output just fine in the stream.

Add the activity

Usually, Discord automatically detects the program or game you’re running on your PC. However, failure to do so can lead to issues while sharing your screen with others, including no audio. Here’s how to fix this. 

Step 1: Head over to Discord (make sure your game or program is already running) and click on the settings gear icon next to your username.

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Step 2: Head over to Activity Status and click on Add it.

Step 3: This will show a pop up from adding any running program to Discord. 

Update Discord

The issue you’re facing may have already been fixed in an update you haven’t installed yet. Once you’ve launched Discord, press Ctrl + R. Discord will restart, download any pending updates, and probably fix the Discord screen share black screen error.

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Reinstall Discord

If none of the above-mentioned methods worked for you, your last resort is to reinstall Discord. Here’s how.

Step 1: Right-click on the taskbar and click on Task Manager.

Step 2: Under the Processes tab, find any running Discord processes and close them by right-clicking them and selecting End Process. 

Step 3: Once you’ve ended all running Discord processes, we’re going to remove Discord. To do so, press Windows key + X to bring up the quick access menu. Select Apps and Features from this menu.

Step 4: Find Discord in the list, click on it and select Uninstall. 

Now head over to the Discord website to download the program’s latest version and install it on your PC. This should fix the Discord screen share black screen error.

Clear out the Discord cache

Clearing out Discord’s cache and files will force the program to redownload them and eliminate any corrupt files that may be causing this issue in the process. 

Step 1: Open the Run prompt using Windows Key + R, type in %appdata% and hit enter.

Step 2: Delete the discord folder in the directory.

Now repeat these steps with %localappdata% and restart Discord.

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Reset Discord voice settings

Resetting Discord voice settings sets everything back to default which, more often than not, can fix any issues you’re having. 

Step 1: Press the settings gear icon next to your name at the bottom. 

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Step 2: Head over to Voice and Video, scroll down and click on Reset Voice Settings.

Now try sharing your screen again, and the error should be gone. 

Change the voice input mode

At times, Discord’s voice input mode can be the culprit behind your voice not going through. In such cases, changing the voice input mode from automatic to push-to-talk can help.

Step 1: Press the settings gear icon next to your name at the bottom. 

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Step 2: Head over to Voice and Video, and under Input Mode, select Push to Talk. 

Check Mic privacy settings

Windows privacy settings can at times restrict programs from using system resources such as mics or cameras. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Privacy Settings. Click on the corresponding search result. 

Step 2: Head over to the Microphone tab and ensure that the Allow apps to use your microphone slider is enabled. 

Step 3: Now ensure that the Allow desktop apps to use the microphone slider is enabled and that Discord is included in the list.

Check your drivers

If nothing else works, it’s either an issue with the mic itself or the drivers. Here’s how you can update the mic drivers on your PC.

Step 1: Press Windows key + X and click on Device Manager. 

Step 2: Unde Audio Inputs and Outputs, select your mic, right-click it and select Update Driver. 

Step 3: Select Search automatically for drivers and wait for the process to finish. Your drivers should’ve been updated now. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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