Video calls are not only great for getting to know each other, but also for demonstrating a process or showing the current work of your phone or computer screen. With Skype you can do this with just a few clicks on Android and iPhone.
In addition to easily sharing your computer screen, Skype lets you share your phone's screen during a video call, whether it's on a phone or a computer. The process is the same for Android and iOS, but there is an important difference that you need to keep in mind when using the feature for the latter.
This Screen Sharing feature has been available since June 4, 201
Sharing your screen on Skype
First, you must initiate a video call through Skype using a contact for which you want to share your screen. When your call is active, tap the ellipsis (•••) in the bottom right corner for more call options, and then choose Share Screen from the menu that appears. If you have an Android device, your phone's screen will instantly be transferred to your contact for display.
If you're using an iPhone and you tap the "Share Screen" option, a "Screen Transfer" card appears, from which tap "Skype" and then "Start Broadcast" to start screen sharing. A three-second timer will shut down immediately, and Skype will then pass your iPhone's screen to your contact.
After sharing your screen, you can stop it on Skype without having to complete the video call yourself. Click Stop Sharing (Android and iOS) or Stop Broadcast at the top of the screen if the Screen Capture prompt is still active (iOS). From there you can continue your video chat as usual.
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