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How to share your screen on Facebook Messenger for iPhone and Android



Facebook Messenger users who share their screen on iPhone
Khamosh pathak

When you try to help someone troubleshoot a smartphone problem, it makes it much easier to access the screen. Instead of installing a specialized screen sharing app, you can use Facebook Messenger to share your screen on iPhone and Android.

How to share your screen on Messenger for Android

Just like Skype, Facebook Messenger also lets you share your screen directly from your Android smartphone.

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Start by opening the Facebook Messenger app on Android and navigating to a conversation. Then click the “Video”

; button to start a video call.

Click the video button on Facebook Messenger on Android

When the video call starts (this feature works for group video calls and for Facebook rooms), swipe up from the bottom toolbar to view more options.

Swipe up on Messenger Call on Android

Click the “Share your screen” button here.

Click Share your screen on Messenger for Android

When you use this feature for the first time, you will see an introductory panel for the feature. Click “Continue” here. (You will not see this screen again.)

Tap Continue on Messenger for Android

Now Android will ask if you want to share your screen with the Messenger app. Click the “Start Now” button.

Click Start Now on Messenger for Android

Now Messenger will start sharing your screen. You can swipe up or press the “Home” button to go to the device home page. You can scroll around and navigate to which screen you want to share. When you start sharing the screen, Messenger will disable your camera.

You see the other participants in the picture-in-picture window. You can tap it to expand the window and return to full screen mode.

Tap to expand the Picture in Picture menu for Facebook Messenger on Android

To stop sharing your screen, go back to the Messenger app and press the “Stop” button from the floating box.

Tap Stop to stop the sharing screen on Android

You will now return to the regular video call, as usual.

How to share your screen on Messenger for iPhone

The process of sharing screens on iPhone is slightly different.

Open the Facebook Messenger app on your iPhone and then open the conversation where you want to share your screen. Then click the “Video” button located in the upper right corner of the screen to start the video call.

Press video button from Facebook Messenger on iPhone

When they are picked up, the video call starts. Now drag up to show more options.

Wrap up Facebook Messenger calls on iPhone

Click the “Share your screen” button here.

Click Share your screen on Messenger for iPhone

From the initial pop-up window, select the “Start sharing” option.

Tap Start Share Messenger for iPhone

You will see the default pop-up iOS broadcast used to share your iPhone screen with different apps. Make sure the Messenger app is selected, then click the “Start Broadcast” button.

Click Start Broadcast on iPhone

The Messenger app will now disable your camera and it will start sharing your screen. You can go to the home screen and navigate to different apps to share your screen.

Unlike Android, the Messenger app does not display the picture-in-picture window for the other participants in the call. When you share your screen, you can not see their video, but you can still hear what they are saying.

If you see a red pill around the time in the upper left corner of the iPhone, it means you are splitting the screen.

When you are done, go back to the Messenger app. From the video call interface, press the “Stop” button from the floating box.

Tap Stop to stop sharing the screen on iPhone

Messenger will now stop sharing your iPhone screen.


Not everyone uses Facebook Messenger. If you want to share your screen with your co-workers, you can also do so in Zoom or Google Meet.

RELATED: How to share your screen in Google Meet




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