One of the issues reported by most Discord users is the bug with no sound during screen sharing sessions.
Discord has been aware of this bug since mid-2019. To date, they have released several fixes that resolve the issue and will likely continue to do so until this issue is completely resolved for all users.
Solution suggested by Discord
This fix is intended for those who experience audio issues when sharing their web browser’s screen. It’s a good idea to try this one out first, as suggested by the Discord support page itself. If you encounter the bug without audio, follow these steps:
- End your screen sharing session and refresh the Discord app by tapping Ctrl + R.
- Close your web browser and reopen it. Once opened, first try playing audio in the browser (Youtube is great for this) before your screen sharing session.
- Turn on screen sharing and see if there is sound.
Try these other solutions
While you wait for the full Discord fix, you can try some of the solutions listed here. Different solutions may apply for different users, so go through the list and see what fixes the problem for you.
Make sure Discord is updated
As standard, make sure Discord is updated to the latest version before trying these fixes. To update it manually: Open Discord> Find the icon in the system tray> right click and select ‘Check for updates’
When all of this is done, you can then experiment with one of the solutions below.
Solution 1: add the program to your gaming activity
- Go to your Discord user settings.
- Click on “Game Activity”, then on the window that appears, click “Add!” next to the Can’t see your game? text.
- In the search box that appears, find the programs you are having audio issues with and add them. Restart Discord and try screen sharing again.
Solution 2: restart your computer
“Have you tried turning it off and back on?” Seems like a simplistic solution, but you’ll be surprised how many issues are fixed due to a simple restart. Once you’ve restarted, relaunch the Discord app and try screen sharing again.
Solution 3: Launch Discord with administrative access
Running the Discord app as an administrator allows it to bypass certain restrictions that your system’s firewall brings. As with other programs, this can potentially fix any issues you have encountered.
To do this, right click on the Discord icon on your desktop and select “Run as administrator”.
Solution 4: Adjust Discord audio settings
- Open your Discord user settings.
- Select Voice and Video.
- Under “Voice Settings,” make sure your input volume slider is not set to a low value.
- If the problem persists up to this point, you can also switch the input mode to “Push to Talk”. By default, Discord Screen Sharing automatically recognizes audio inputs from your microphone or sounds from apps you share. “Push to Talk” means that you manually activate a button in screen sharing mode before audio can be transmitted.
If Discord fails to automatically recognize the audio input, this may be a workaround.
- If none of these work, scroll down and choose “Reset voice settings”. This would reset all audio settings to factory defaults, so it’s worth a try.
Solution 5: Update your audio drivers
This problem could be because you don’t have the latest drivers for your speakers / microphones. If you are on Windows, follow the steps below to update your audio drivers manually.
- Go to your Windows search bar Windows key + S and search for “Device Manager”.
- Once the Device Manager window opens, expand the “Sound, video and game controllers” selection. A list of all related audio material will be available.
- Right-click and select “Update Driver”. In the next window that appears, select “Automatically search for updated driver”.
- Once Windows has finished updating, restart your system and try screen sharing again in Discord.
Solution 6: Clear the Discord cache
Modern programs create a cache folder in your computer’s roaming data directory to optimize performance as you use the program. Constantly creating temporary files can be what corrupts your Discord data and leads to audio issues.
Follow these steps to clear your roaming data for Discord:
- Quit Discord. On the desktop, tap Windows key + R to display the Run function.
- In the search box, type % application data% and hit Enter.
- In the window that opens, right click on the “discord” folder and press Remove.
It is important to note that deleting this folder will not have a negative impact on your program. Discord will automatically create another folder in the same location the next time you run it – but this time the cache is new.
Solution 7: reinstall Discord
If none of the above solutions worked for you, it might be helpful to reinstall Discord itself. In Windows 10, uninstalling apps is a snap.
Just follow the instructions below:
- In the taskbar notification panel, click “All settings”.
- Go to “Applications”.
- In the Applications window, type “Discord” in the search bar. Once it appears in the selection, click on it and then choose “Uninstall”.
- Go to official Discord page in your web browser and download the latest version. Launch the installer and follow the instructions.
- With a fresh install of Discord, try screen sharing again.
The non-audio issue when screen sharing in Discord is likely an incompatibility issue with Discord’s audio infrastructure. The best scenario would be for the Discord team to release a fix that completely rids users of this issue.
Although it is still in progress, I hope the solutions above have helped you find a workaround for the problem.