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The 6 best free online screen sharing tools and sites

Screen sharing tools are extremely important for teaching, presenting, troubleshooting, and collaborating online with other people. Unfortunately, trying to successfully share your screen with someone online can be a huge headache – each party might have different programs installed, be on different devices, or have different levels of technological knowledge.

The programs we’ve included in this article are meant to be used when you just need to share your screen as quickly as possible, with as little effort as possible. They might not be the most powerful programs, but they are fast, easy to use, and don’t require a substantial download.

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  • Download size: any.
  • Account required to host: Yes.
  • Account required to view: No.
  • Maximum number of participants: four, including the host.
  • Time limit: no.

You might know Whereby by its old name from Appear.in, but the company changed its name in 2019 and now looks fresh and modern. It is wonderfully easy to use and does not require any downloads from the host or participants.

You will need to create an account to use Whereby and verify your email address. After that, everything is easy. Rather than having to create a new meeting every time you want to share your screen, you instead get a consistent “room” URL that you can share.

Works great on both desktop and mobile, so participants can join from anywhere. Unfortunately, the free version only allows three other people to join, but if that’s okay with you, Whereby is a big choice.

  • Download size: 825 KB.
  • Account required to host: No.
  • Account required to view: No.
  • Maximum number of participants: nine, including the host.
  • Time limit: 40 minutes / day.

When it comes to easy-to-use screen sharing software, Screenleap is definitely one of your best options. Screenleap can share your screen on any device with a browser and only requires a small download to the host’s device to work.

A screen share code is provided to the host and entered by the participants on the Screenleap home page, after which they can immediately see the host’s screen.

If you really like the features of Screenleap, there are paid subscriptions available which can increase your time, attendee count, and security.

  • Download size: 27.6 MB
  • Account required to host: Yes.
  • Account required to view: No.
  • Maximum number of participants: 250, including the host.
  • Time limit: 14 day free trial.

Join.me is primarily intended for business customers. Their goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to participate in a virtual meeting, to talk to each other and to share their screens.

While Join.me offered a free plan, it now only offers a free trial. However, if you only need to share the screen for a single instance, Join.me is still a good option. A great feature is that you can enable remote control so that someone else can control your screen. This is ideal for troubleshooting.

After creating an account, it gives you a dedicated room URL. Hand it over to others and they can immediately join and share their audio and video if needed. Keep in mind that the free trial only lasts for 14 days, after which you will need to join a paid plan to continue using the service.

  • Download size: 2.5 MB.
  • Account required to host: No.
  • Account required to view: No.
  • Maximum number of participants: two, including the host.
  • Time limit: no.

Show My PC is a bit outdated and not very pretty, but it still performs great. It is primarily intended as a remote assistance tool, so you can share your screen with a technician, but it works just as well as a general screen sharing solution.

As the host, you simply downloaded the program and get a password. You then share that password with your recipient and they go to the Show My PC website to enter it.

The free version of Show My PC doesn’t allow more than two people to participate in a screen sharing session at a time, so if you’re looking for a meeting solution, you might be better off with another choice.

  • Download size: 34.3 MB
  • Account required to host: Yes.
  • Account required to view: No.
  • Maximum number of participants: two, including the host.
  • Time limit: no.

Mikogo requires you to create an account before you can start using the program, which is a bit annoying, but the process is still relatively quick. Fortunately, the participant does not need to register.

It is a single “participant” because Mikogo only allows you to share your screen with another person on the free plan. It might be right for you, but Mikogo is not the answer if you need group meetings.

The tools offered during screen sharing are excellent. You can talk on microphone or text chat, broadcast webcams, transfer files, only show specific windows, and there’s a fun whiteboard feature for annotations. If you only need to share with one person, Mikogo is essential.

  • Download size: any.
  • Account required to host: Yes.
  • Account required to view: No.
  • Maximum number of participants: 100, including the host.
  • Time limit: no.

Hangouts Meet, sometimes referred to only as Meet, is a screen sharing tool from Google. As you would expect from the tech giant, it’s transparent and super easy to use. It also supports up to 100 people in the same room which is luxurious.

However, there’s one big caveat: You can only host with Meet if you have or are part of a paid G Suite plan. Your organization could be – in this case, great! Otherwise, choose another free option from this list.

If you can use Meet, it’s incredibly smooth. No one has to download anything and you just press a button to start hosting. It’s then another click to share your screen; either the whole or a window.

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Use a program you already have for screen sharing

Before introducing a new program, it may be useful to check whether your other participants regularly use free platforms like Skype, Mac Messages , Discord or Slack.

All of these programs have the ability to share screens. They weren’t designed primarily for that and aren’t as quick to get started, which is why we haven’t featured them here, but they’re all great choices.