How to Share Audio on Zoom.
When you share your screen with others in a Zoom meeting, your computer audio is muted by default. Zoom allows you to use screen sharing to share audio with other people. This is useful if you want to watch a YouTube video with others or play music during a break in a meeting.
If you’ve never done it before, this guide shows you how to share audio on Zoom. We’ll also show you how to show YouTube videos with audio to other Zoom meeting participants, and how to share Spotify music with your audience.
How to Use Screen Sharing to Share Computer Sound on Zoom for Windows or Mac
To share computer audio during a Zoom call, you need to open the app and start a new meeting. You don’t need other members to start sharing your computer audio on Zoom. This can be easily set up before anyone else joins using Zoom’s screen sharing feature. The steps to use this feature are similar to Zoom for Windows and Mac.
Once you’ve started a new Zoom meeting, click the green Share Screen button on the meeting toolbar, located in the bottom half of the window. As the name suggests, this is used for screen sharing in Zoom, but you need to enable a different option every time you want to share your computer audio.
You can now check the box next to the Share Audio button in the bottom left corner of the window. This ensures that the audio from your computer is unmuted when you share your screen. Select the app you want to share audio from, and when you’re ready to start posting, click the blue Share button in the bottom right corner of that window.
How to Adjust the Sound Quality of Audio Shared Using Screen Sharing
Zoom allows you to share computer audio in mono and stereo quality. Because the Zoom app optimizes its settings to conserve bandwidth, screen sharing audio is mono by default. If you don’t like it, you can share the higher quality audio with your Zoom meeting participants.
To do this, start a Zoom meeting and click the Share Screen button. This will open a screen sharing window where you can select the tiny down arrow next to the Share Audio button. You will see a drop down menu with two options. To share higher quality audio from your computer, select Stereo (high quality). Check the box next to the Share Audio button to enable sharing computer audio to Zoom.
When you click the Share button to start screen sharing, meeting participants can enjoy listening to music or other audio in stereo quality.
How to Share Audio From a YouTube Video on Zoom
When you use Zoom for teaching or presentation, you may want to consider watching YouTube videos with your audience. You can easily do this by combining screen sharing with Zoom’s audio sharing feature.
To do this, firstly, you must open a YouTube video on your computer. If you have a video open in a browser, make sure the active tab has the video you want to show using screen sharing. If it’s open in a background tab, you’ll have to make an extra click while screen sharing to open the video. This can be avoided by keeping the video in the foreground at the very beginning.
Then open Zoom, start a new meeting, and click the Share Screen button. When you see the screen sharing window, select the YouTube video from the list of tiles and check the “Share audio” box.
Finally, you can click the Share button to start watching YouTube videos with your Zoom audience via screen sharing. The video will start as soon as you hit the play button on YouTube.
How to Share Audio From Spotify on Zoom Via Screen Sharing
A relaxing instrumental song can act as a nice filler when you’re waiting for some attendees to join a meeting, or when you’re taking a short break during a long Zoom meeting. You can also use the Screen Sharing feature to share Zoom audio via Spotify.
To do this, open Spotify on your computer and find the song you want to play. You can then start a Zoom meeting, click the Share Screen button, and select Spotify from the list of tiles. Don’t forget to check the “Share Audio” button in the bottom left corner, and then click the “Share” button in the bottom right corner to start screen sharing.
Finally, you can click the play button on Spotify on your computer to share the song via Zoom.
How To Share Audio on Zoom for iPhone and iPad
You can also use Zoom’s screen sharing feature to share audio from your iPhone or iPad. This is pretty easy to enable because the moment you start sharing your screen, the sound of your Apple device is automatically broadcast to those who are in the Zoom meeting.
So, just start a new meeting in Zoom for iOS or iPadOS and hit the green Share button. You can select “Screen” from the list of options and then click “Start Broadcast” to start screen sharing with Zoom for iPhone or iPad. When you do this, you’ll see a blue button that says Device Audio Sharing: On, which means you’re sharing Zoom audio from your iPhone or iPad.
To stop sharing audio, click the red Stop Sharing button. This will end screen sharing in your Zoom session.
How To Stop Sharing Computer Sound in Zoom
When you’ve finished sharing your screen in Zoom, you can stop sharing so your audience’s attention can return from the Spotify song or YouTube video to you. To stop screen sharing, click the red Stop Sharing button at the top of the screen. This button appears next to the green “You are sharing the screen” button.
When you press the red button, Zoom will immediately stop sharing audio and video from your computer with other meeting participants.
How To Share Audio on Zoom for Android
On Android, Zoom’s screen sharing feature also lets you share audio from your device with other meeting participants. The only difference is that audio sharing is disabled by default in Zoom for Android. If you want to share audio from your phone with other Zoom meeting participants, open Zoom on Android and start a new meeting.
Once the meeting starts, tap the green Share button in the middle of the bottom toolbar. Scroll down a bit and click on “Screen”. This will start screen sharing in Zoom on your Android phone. By default, Zoom takes you to the home screen and shows you a floating toolbar with the “Share Audio: Off” option. Tap this setting once to change it to Audio Sharing: On
Audio sharing with other participants will begin. Click the red Stop Sharing button to stop screen and audio sharing with other Zoom meeting participants.
Up Your Zoom Game
Zoom started out as a tool to facilitate video conferencing, but has evolved into an all-in-one presentation and training service. You can make your Zoom meetings even more accessible by enabling closed captioning and transcription.
Zoom audio sharing is a good way to break up the monotony of boring hangouts, but it’s just one of many ways to do it. What are your favorite tips for making video calls less boring? Share your tips in the comments section below.
How to Share Audio on Zoom
How to Share Audio on Zoom