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Fix Discord Screen Share Black Screen Error

Fix Discord Black Screen When Sharing Your Screen

Sometimes Discord may start showing a black screen when you try sharing your screen with other users while in a voice chat channel. This article is dedicated to helping you fix the black screen issue.

Discord Black Screen Share

What Causes the Black Screen Issue?

  1. You may get a black screen due to insufficient user permissions. So the easiest thing to do is to try running Discord as an Administrator.
  2. If you have Discord's "Use our latest technologies for screen sharing" option enabled, that may cause the issue. The solution is to turn off this feature.
  3. Discord updates may introduce new bugs that previously weren't there, causing a black screen. The solution is to force Discord to update.
  4. Enabling Hardware Acceleration on Discord will improve the app. However, if your PC isn't powerful enough, then you might start having issues. Therefore, the solution is to disable Discord Hardware Acceleration and see if that fixes the black screen issue.
  5. In many cases, Discord's black screen issue is caused by corrupted or outdated graphics drivers. The solution is to do is update your computer's graphics drivers.
  6. Improper settings and temporary Discord files may also cause Discord's screen sharing feature not to work correctly. In such a case, you can try clearing Discord's cache by deleting the temporary files manually.

We have included step-by-step guides to performing the fixes discussed in this article below.

Video Instructions on How to Fix Discord Screen Share Black Screen Error

Table of Contents:

Solution 1. Run Discord as Administrator

Right-click Discord's shortcut and click Properties

1. Right-click the Discord shortcut and select Properties.

Tick run Discord as administrator

2. Select the Compatibility tab and check the box next to Run this program as an Administrator.

3. Click Apply and click OK.

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Solution 2. Disable Discord's Latest Technology for Screen Capturing

Open Discord's Settings Menu

1. Open Discord and click the Settings icon at the bottom left corner of the window.

Turn off Discord's latest technology for scren capturing option

2. In the left pane, navigate to the Voice & Video section.

3. Then, scroll to the bottom, and under the Screen Sharing section, toggle off the use of Latest technology for screen capturing.

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Solution 3. Disable Hardware Acceleration

Open Discord's Settings Menu

1. Open Discord and click the Settings icon at the bottom left corner of the window.

Turn of Discord Hardware Acceleration

2. In the left pane, select the Advanced panel.

3. Then, toggle off the Hardware Acceleration option.

Click Okay to re-launch Discord

4. Click Okay when prompted to re-launch Discord.

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Solution 4. Update Discord

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in %localappdata% and click OK

2. In the Run dialog, type in %localappdata% and click OK.

Access the Discord folder

3. Access the Discord folder.

Run Discord's Update.exe

4. Run Update.exe and wait for the update process to be complete.

5. Launch Discord.

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Solution 5. Clear Discord Cache Folder

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open elevated Command Prompt

2. Type in CMD in the dialog box and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open the elevated Command Prompt.

Type in taskkill /f /im discord.exe and hit Enter

3. In the Command Prompt window, type in taskkill /f /im discord.exe and press Enter.

4. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in %appdata% and click OK

5. In the Run dialog, type in %appdata% and click OK.

Right-click Discord folder and click Delete

6. Find the Discord folder, right-click it and click Delete.

Enter your Discord login credentials and click Login

7. Launch Discord.

8. Enter your login credentials and click Login.

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Solution 6. Perform Clean Installation of Discord

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open elevated Command Prompt

2. Type in CMD in the Run dialog and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open the elevated Command Prompt.

type in taskkill /f /im discord.exe and hit Enter

3. In the Command Prompt window, type in taskkill /f /im discord.exe and press Enter.

4. Close the Command Prompt.

Right-click the Start Menu button and click Apps and Features

5. Right-click Start and select Apps and Features.

Select Discord and click Uninstall

6. Click Uninstall and then click Uninstall again.

7. Then, hold down Windows+R keys again to open Run.

Type in %appdata% and click OK

8. In the Run dialog box, type in %appdata% and click OK.

Right-click Discord folder and click Delete

9. Locate the Discord folder, right-click it, and click Delete.

10. Hold down Windows+R keys once again to open Run.

Type in %localappdata% and click OK

11. Type in %localappdata% and click OK.

Right-click Discord folder and click Delete

12. Locate the Discord folder, right-click it, and click Delete.

Open your browser and go to Discord.com

13. Then, open your browser and go to the Discord download web page.

Click the Download for Windows button

14. Click the Download for Windows button.

15. Download Discord's installer and run it.

Enter your login credentials and installing Discord

16. Enter your login credentials and click Login.

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Rimvydas is a researcher with over four years of experience in the cybersecurity industry. He attended Kaunas University of Technology and graduated with a Master's degree in Translation and Localization of Technical texts in 2017. His interests in computers and technology led him to become a versatile author in the IT industry. At PCrisk, he's responsible for writing in-depth how-to articles for Microsoft Windows. Contact Rimvydas Iliavicius.

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