How to share iPhone or iPad screen on Zoom

Features like whiteboard screen sharing, ease of use, the ability to share iPhone or iPad screen to Zoom using AirPlay on Windows and Mac, have made Zoom downloads fly to the top of the charts.

Zoom just released the best quarter results in the company's history with a strong increase for the next quarter as well. We've seen Microsoft and Google target Zoom with their video calling offerings like Microsoft Teams and Google Meet.

During group video calls, the admin may want to show the PowerPoint screen, file, slide, etc. Using screen sharing. It makes the whole conversation smooth. You can also share iPhone and iPad screen directly with Zoom video calls.

The feature can be useful when you want to show something on the iPhone or iPad screen to Zoom attendees. I wanted to show my dad some of the options to change on his iPhone to fix a problem. I used iPhone screen sharing on Zoom and showed him the way to reset iPhone to fix it.

This is one of the use cases of iPhone / iPad screen sharing on Zoom. In this post, I will guide you on how to share iPhone or iPad screen in a Zoom meeting. Let's begin.

How to share iPhone or iPad screen on Zoom

There are two ways to mirror iPhone or iPad screen to Zoom. Use a USB cable or opt for the Wireless AirPlay option. Follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Zoom app on your Mac or Windows.
  2. Tap "New Meeting" to start a new Zoom call.
  3. Join the meeting using computer audio to enable audio during group video calls.
  4. Invite attendees and tap the Share Screen option at the bottom or use the keyboard shortcut Shift + Command + S for Mac or Shift + Ctrl + S on Windows to open the screen sharing menu.
  5. Go to Share Screen> Basic and select iPhone / iPad via AirPlay or iPhone / iPad via cable. While the USB cable can be reliable, going wireless over a slow internet connection might have some drawbacks. Also, a loose or faulty cable could disrupt the screen sharing experience.
  6. Tap iPhone / iPad via AirPlay and the Zoom app will download the plug-in required to enable the AirPlay service.
  7. Tap the Share button at the bottom and go back to your iPhone / iPad.
  8. On the iPhone / iPad, swipe down from the top right corner to open Control Center.
  9. From Control Center, long tap the Screen Mirroring option.
  10. The “Zoom - Laptop Name” will be displayed. Tap it and it will start streaming iPhone display live to Zoom app on Mac / Windows.

You can follow the same steps on iPad to share iPad screen with Zoom attendees.

Here's how we use it among team members. I often share the iPhone / iPad screen using AirPlay and show a custom picture or something weird that I found. It's so much better than recording your screen and then sharing it on a project management app. The feature also makes the whole meeting seamless and smooth.

The iPhone / iPad screen sharing feature lets you do more. You can annotate on the iPhone / iPad display for better presentations.

  • From the toolbar at the top, tap on Annotate to open the edit menu. It becomes easier for a presenter to show things.
  • Draw: The Draw menu is made up of a bunch of shapes that you can choose from. You can use an arrow, circle, rectangle, and other tools from the Draw menu to annotate on the iPhone screen.
  • Text & Format menu: Zoom allows you to add text on the iPhone / iPad screen. You can also change the text color, size, add a bold or italic effect to it.

Besides that, you can use the Undo, Redo and Clear option to make the changes. The Save button is a must for everyone. After comparing with team members, you need to save the current screen on your PC. You can press Save to store the current screen as an image in the Zoom folder on your device.

Thankfully, Zoom also offers a couple of security options. During the live video call, you can tap the Security button at the top of the screen sharing window and disable Annotate on shared content from the Allow Participants in the menu. It will prevent other members from annotating on the shared screen in Zoom.

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