How to Use Facebook Messenger Screen Share

If you are looking for a screen share app, Facebook Messenger is an easy option.

Messenger can be used to video chat with friends on Facebook, but did you know that you can also use it to screen share? As long as the person you want to share your screen with has a Facebook account and the Messenger app, you will be able to screen share with them.

How to Call on Facebook Messenger to Screen Share

In order to screen share via Facebook, both parties will need to initiate the Facebook video call on laptops; both Macs and PCs will work. However, the feature will be disabled if either end uses a phone for the call. The example below is of a Facebook video chat on Chrome; it may look slightly different in other browsers. Sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter for more screen-sharing tips and other neat tricks.

  1. Open Facebook in your internet browser.

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  2. Click on Messenger.

    Click on Messages.
     
  3. Select See all in Messenger.

    Select See all in Messenger.
     
  4. Go to the contact you'd like to video chat with.

    Go to the contact you'd like to video chat with.
     
  5. Click on the receiver or video camera icon to initiate the call. You don't need to be on a video call to share your screen.

    Click on the receiver or video camera icon to initiate the call.
     
  6. Click Start call.

    Click Start call.
     
  7. Tap the screen share icon.

    Tap the screen share icon.
     
  8. Select the screen you wish to share under the Entire Screen tab. If you only want to share a specific window or Chrome Tab, select one of those instead.

    Select the screen you wish to share under the Entire Screen tab.
     
  9. Click Share.

    Click Share.
     
  10. Your contact will see your computer screen. To stop sharing your screen, click on Stop screen sharing or end the call by clicking the red receiver icon.

    Your contact will see your computer screen.

Pro Tip: If you want to share your iPhone's screen, you can plug your iPhone into your Mac with the cable, then use Facebook Messenger on your computer to share your screen and the iPhone's screen. After step nine above, you will have to navigate to QuickTime and select your iPhone from the drop-down menu. It can be a little complicated, so you may consider using a different app, such as Zoom, to do this.

So can you video chat on Facebook? Yes! Just open Messenger in Facebook from a computer browser, and you'll be able to video chat and even screen share. Next, learn how to screen share on iPhone via FaceTime or give remote control while screen sharing on Mac.
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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.