How to Share Screen with Hangouts on iPhone & iPad
If you’re one of the millions of people using Google Hangouts for group video calls you may appreciate learning how to share your screen with other participants in the video chat.
Google Hangouts video conferencing and screen sharing is useful for meetings, presentations, work, school, personal calls, and so much more, whether you’re in an office, at home, working from home during quarantine, or any other situation. But Google Hangouts Screen Sharing functionality is limited to the business-oriented Hangouts Meet, which comes bundled with G Suite.
If you make use of Google’s G Suite for your business or educational needs, you might be interested in taking advantage of the screen sharing feature that Hangouts Meet has to offer. Here we’ll be cover how you can share your screen with Hangouts Meet on both the iPhone and iPad.
How to Screen Share with Hangouts on iPhone and iPad
In order to create a video meeting using Hangouts, you’ll need to be signed into a G Suite account. However, if you have a regular Google account, you will still be able to join a meeting with a code and share your screen once you’re connected. Simply follow the steps below to join a meeting and start sharing your screen using Hangouts on your iOS device.
- Install the Hangouts Meet app from the App Store and open it on your iPhone or iPad.
- Here, tap on “Enter a meeting code” as shown in the screenshot below.
- Now, enter the meeting code that was shared with you and tap “Join meeting” to participate in the video call.
- As for the next step, you’ll need to head over to the Control Center. If you’re using an iPad, iPhone X or newer device, you can access the Control Center by swiping down from the top-right edge of the screen. However, if you’re using an iPhone with a big forehead and chin, like the iPhone 8 or older, simply swipe up from the bottom of your screen. Now, long-press on the screen recording toggle as shown below.
- Now, simply select the “Meet” app and tap on “Start Broadcast” in order to begin sharing your device’s screen with other participants in the video call.
Now you know how to share your screen with Hangouts Meet on both the iPhone and iPad. It’s a pretty nice feature, right?
You may have noticed that you’re basically using Screen Recording on iPhone and iPad to accomplish the Screen Sharing feature on iOS and iPadOS, so if you’re already familiar with how that works then you will likely find this process to be fairly easy.
As mentioned earlier, in order to start a meeting on Hangouts Meet, you’ll need to have a G Suite subscription, which costs $6 per month for basic, $12 per month for business and $25 per month for enterprise. If you’re using Google Hangouts Meet for work or school, it’s likely someone else is picking up that tab, but if you’re an independent contractor or freelancer or anyone else you can sign up for the service directly.
If you want to check out what G Suite has to offer, you can simply get a free 14-day trial before you decide on purchasing it. Alternatively, you can still start video conferences on the regular Hangouts app without a G Suite subscription, but you will be missing out on the screen sharing functionality.
That being said, Hangouts isn’t the only video conferencing software that lets you share the content on your iPhone or iPad’s screen. If you’re not quite content with the features G Suite has to offer, you can also try out other solutions like Zoom, Skype for Business, FaceTime group video chat on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and more for handling video chats or even presentations during a video conference. With so many people staying indoors and working from home to be safe during the pandemic, video conferencing apps are being widely used across the globe unlike ever before to stay connected.
This obviously applies to the iPhone and iPad, but you can also screen share from the desktop with Google Hangouts too. And if you’re on a Mac, you can use screen sharing in Mac OS natively without any added downloads or apps, it’s just built right into the operating system – you can even start screen sharing on Mac directly from Messages app with any contact you’re communicating with.
Did you manage to share your iPhone or iPad screen using Hangouts Meet without any issues? Have you used any other software for doing your presentations, slides and online lectures? Do let us know your thoughts and opinions on Google’s Hangouts in the comments section down below.