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The programs we’ve included in this article are intended to be used when you just need to share your screen as quickly as possible, with as little coordination as possible. They may not be the most powerful programs, the most secure programs, or the most beautiful programs, but they are quick and easy to use, and don’t require a substantial download – factors that sometimes trump all other qualities!

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The World’s Easiest Screen Sharing Tools

For each program I’ve included any required download’s file size, the number of participants that can view a screen at one time, and how long it took me to begin screen sharing with the program (starting from the program’s homepage)

1. Screenleap — Fastest and Easiest to Set Up

  • Download Size: 900kb for host only
  • Account Required to Host? No.
  • Account Required to View? No.
  • Time for Screen Sharing: 45 seconds
  • Maximum Number of Participants: Two without an account, up to eight with a free account
  • Time Limit: 30 minutes no account, 1 hour a day with a free account (2 hours for teachers and students with an .edu e-mail address!)

Screenleap

When it comes to easy-to-use screen sharing software, Screenleap is definitely one of your best options. Screenleap can share your screen to any device with a browser, and requires only a small download on the host’s device to work. A screen-share code is provided to the host, and is entered by participants on the screenleap.com homepage, after which they are immediately able to view the host’s screen.

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If you really like Screenleap’s functionality, paid subscriptions are available that can increase your time limits, number of participants, and security.

2. Join.me — Best for Long Meetings with Multiple Participants

  • Download Size: 36.7 MB for host only
  • Account Required to Host? No
  • Account Required to View? No
  • Time to Screen Sharing: 65 seconds
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 10
  • Time Limit: None

Join.me is a platform dedicated to re-defining the workplace through tools that allow for easy and immediate communication. Given this, it’s no surprise that they have a fantastic free screen sharing resource.

With an initial download (for the host only), up to ten participants have access not only to screen sharing, but also to video and audio features (if they have joined using Chrome as their browser). Other meeting features become available with the use of the desktop/mobile apps, or with the purchase of a Pro account, but there is no sliding time limit scale like there is for Screenleap.

join.me

While it is very easy to begin sharing your screen, I found that it took me a few moments to find the share code – once your session has started, press the person icon (second from the left) and then the plus button in the bottom right of that screen to retrieve either an e-mail link or code for adding participants. The 9-digit code is also visible at the top of your floating Join.me menu.

3. Show My PC — Best for Remote Support

  • Download Size: 48.1 MB
  • Account Required to Host? No
  • Account Required to View? No
  • Time to Screen Sharing: 45 seconds
  • Maximum Number of Participants: One (more available with premium accounts)
  • Time Limit: None

ShowMyPc

Despite the name, Show My PC offers easy screen sharing options for both PC and Mac computers. What sets Show My PC apart from the other screen sharing options on this list is that it also allows for easy remote access – allowing the other user to navigate your computer on your behalf. This makes Show My PC an ideal option for accessing your own computer while away or helping someone out with troubleshooting/solving a technological issue.

With that being said, the free version of Show My PC does not allow for any more than two people to participate in a screen sharing session at one time, so if you’re looking for a meeting solution, you’re likely better off with another choice.

4. Mikogo — Best for Cross-Platform

  • Download Size: 80 MB
  • Account Required to Host? Yes
  • Account Required to View? No
  • Time to Screen Sharing: 2 minutes 30 seconds.
  • Maximum Number of Participants: One (more available with premium accounts)
  • Time Limit: None

Mikogo

Out of the four options mentioned so far, Mikogo is one of the most complicated to begin using – the host must set up an account before they can download the software, the installation file is larger than the other programs, and the installation process isn’t quite as intuitive. However, Mikogo’s screen sharing software works well Mikogo: Screen Sharing App for Skype and Windows Mikogo: Screen Sharing App for Skype and Windows Read More , and there are full-function apps available for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Linux.

Premium accounts on Mikogo allow for improved meeting features and an increased number of participants.

Other Screen Sharing Options

The four screen sharing programs mentioned above are not household names, and it’s unlikely that the people you will be using them with will have used them before. Before introducing a new program, it might be worth checking to see if your other participants regularly use free platforms like Skype, iMessage, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts.

Using one of these options below may be a great idea if hosts are hesitant to download new/unknown software, if participants are familiar with the programs, and if everyone involved in screen sharing already has an account. Otherwise, even though these programs are more popular, going through the registration and installation process for these programs will take significantly longer than the options above.

If you are interested in using one of these more mainstream options, Make Use Of has several resources available for learning how to do so:

What do you use screen sharing for? And what program do you prefer to use for screen sharing? I’d love to hear about any programs I missed in the comments!

  1. DT
    August 5, 2016 at 11:30 am

    TeamViewer. Free for personal use. Love it.

    • Briallyn Smith
      September 11, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks so much for the suggestion, DT! I'll have to check it out :)

  2. Praveen Khunte
    July 31, 2016 at 2:40 am

    I use Ammyy Admin
    Portable and only 747 KB
    Very quick, handy and works as expected without bug

    • Briallyn Smith
      September 11, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks for your comment Praveen - Ammyy Admin sounds like a great tool!

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