Discord Shows Black Screen when Sharing Screen

When it launched, Discord was a VoIP platform geared towards the gaming community. However, in the following years, it expanded its scope, added numerous new features, and became one the biggest social platforms with over 140 million active monthly users. Currently, users can send private instant messages, start VoIP and video calls, stream their computer screens, and organize in communities called servers centered around specific interests. 

The ability to start sharing their computer screen quickly and effortlessly is without a doubt one major reason drawing people towards the Discord platform. However, some users may encounter an issue when trying to use the feature with Discord displaying a black screen instead of the intended computer screen. The problem might be caused by several different things and users might need to try a couple of solutions before finding the right one. To make the process easier, we have compiled some of the more successful fixes to this particular problem.

Run Discord with admin rights

Let's start with one of the easiest solutions - running Discord with Admin privileges.

  1. Locate Discord's shortcut or main executable file.
  2. Right-click it and select 'Properties' from the available options.
  3. Go to the 'Compatibility' tab.
  4. Find the 'Run this program as an Administrator' option and check the corresponding box.
  5. Click 'Apply' and then 'OK' to save the change.
  6. Start Discord and try sharing your screen. 

Disable Discord's latest technology for screen capturing

The cause of the black screen might be one of Discord's own features named 'Latest Technology for Screen Capturing.' To disable it, follow the steps:

  1. Open Discord and open the 'Settings' menu (click the Gear icon next to your username in the lower-left corner of the Discord window).
  2. Locate and select the 'Voice & Video' section in the left pane.
  3. Scroll through the available options until you reach the 'Screen Sharing' section.
  4. Here, find the 'use our latest technology to capture your screen' option and set the toggle to off. 

Try disabling the Hardware Acceleration

  1. Start Discord and open the 'Settings' menu (click the Gear icon next to your username in the lower-left corner of the Discord window).
  2. Go to the 'Advanced' panel available in the left pane of the 'Settings' window.
  3. Find the 'Hardware Acceleration' option and turn it off.
  4. Click 'Okay' when prompted to restart Discord.

Other options

If none of the solutions listed so far have managed to address the issue, then you should check if a new update has been released for Discord. Install it as soon as possible and see if it fixes the black screen. Updating your GPU drivers is also recommended and could successfully resolve the problem if corrupted video card drivers were the cause behind it. It may also be worth a shot to perform a clean Discord install. Doing so will ensure that all of the app's files are freshly downloaded eliminating the possibility of a malfunctioning file causing the issue.