Facebook Live has been a popular way to stream important or fun moments for some time now. I regularly receive notifications that one of my friends is streaming live on Facebook. Most of this streaming has been front-facing or rear-facing streaming—they have been streams using a phone’s or a computer’s camera. Now, however, it’s become easy to stream your screen for your friends. Facebook has added the ability to share your screen in Facebook Live with just the click of a button.
In the past, Facebook users could Facebook Live their screens by using a special program. With a third party involved, it made things a little bit trickier than one might have liked. With Facebook’s addition of screen sharing built into their Facebook Live feature, it makes the process much easier for everyone who wants to broadcast their screens live. Screen sharing being integrated into Facebook Live benefits everyone who enjoys making videos that show their computer screens. Some people share their screens because they are creating video game walkthroughs. They play games and show people how to beat certain levels or bosses, find secret items, and whatever else might be helpful to other gamers. Others share their screens to show how to solve computer problems. People sometimes need to show their screens when they are creating tutorials for how to use certain programs or do certain tasks. And of course, on top of the many other reasons to share a screen, some people just like letting other people watch what they’re doing on the computer, whether it be playing a game or creating something in an art program.
Whatever the reason for sharing your screen, it is now very easy to do so through Facebook on its desktop site. If you want to cast your screen, you can do so by going to Facebook and clicking the “Live Video” button above the status text box. After clicking the button, make sure “Camera” is selected. If you do not have access to a camera, you won’t be able to complete the process. But if you do, you’ll see a button on the right side of the screen that says “Share Screen.” Clicking this button will let you add an extension to your browser and show your Facebook friends what you’re doing on your computer. Whatever you might want to share on your screen, with Facebook’s new addition, you’ll be able to share it live without having to go out of your way.