Quick Screen Share: Screen Sharing Without Client Software Or User Accounts [Cross-Platform]

Justin Pot 12-10-2011

Quickly see, and even control, a friend’s computer without installing software or signing up for a service. Java-based web app Quick Screen Share is the simplest way to offer support out there, and it’s free. Best of all, it works on and between Linux, Windows and Mac computers.


If you’re reading this blog you’re likely the unofficial tech support for at least some of your friends. You probably know there’s no shortage of screen sharing app on the web, but the overwhelming majority of it is a pain to set up. The problem is getting your technically challenged friend to launch any service. If there’s a client to download or a service to sign up for, getting the screen share up and running alone can take an hour of giving instructions over the phone.

Good thing Quick Screen Share exists. In just a few clicks this software can establish a shared screen. You’ll be given a simple link to share with your friend, and you’ll be up and running in minutes. Quick Screen Share comes from the team behind Screencast-O-Matic, a free screencasting app for creating video tutorials 5 Free Screencasting Apps for Creating Video Tutorials Read More which we’ve featured before. Like Screencast-O-Matic, it’s really easy to use.

Using QuickScreenShare

The first step couldn’t be simpler: just head to Choose whether you want to share your screen, or see someone else’s screen, and type your name:

screen sharing app

Once you do this you’ll need to give the application permission to run on your computer. You’ll see a window similar to this:


screen sharing applications

Deny the application permission and nothing will work, of course. Once everything is up and running you’ll be given a link to share with your friend:

screen sharing applications

This link will only work once, so do not worry about long-term security implications. Just get the link to your friend however you can – IM or email are probably the easiest ways. Your friend will need to only click the link and grant the appropriate permissions.


Once everything is ready there will be a countdown before the viewing window will open:

screen sharing applications

Everything that happens on the shared screen, including mouse movements, will be visible in this window. It’s also possible for the viewer to share keyboard and mouse control. Controls for this are at the window’s bottom:

screen sharing app


Still confused about how this all works? Check out this screencast from the team behind Quick Screen Share:

Like I said, it’s a very simple process.


Note that the screen sharing is achieved through a direct peer-to-peer connection. That is, no third party server is involved once your computer is connected to that of your friend. As such, this setup might not work in corporate environments, or any security-conscious place.


Also note that, while stable for me, Quick Screen Share is still in beta. You might run into problems using it, even if I didn’t. Turning off any special effects, such as the Aero desktop on Windows, might help if your connection is slow.

For residential connections, I can’t think of a better service than Quick Screen Share. Can you? If so, share it in the comments below, along with any tips and tricks for using Quick Screen Share.

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  1. Frank
    July 25, 2020 at 6:27 am

    Yes, quick screen share is really good. But I would still recommend doing screen sharing using reputed tools like R-HUB web conferencing servers, Zoom, Webex, Gotomeeting etc. because these provide better security as the connection is encrypted.

  2. jhpot
    October 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    It's always good to know of an alternative!

  3. Anonymous
    October 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you Justin, I will give it a try, especially as there is not software to install its fast, this is what interest me a lot. I have been using Teamviewer and its also good, but need to install and download there software first.

    Thank you keep up the great work.
    Amit Patekar

    • jhpot
      October 13, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      Let me know how it works for you, and thanks for reading.

  4. Rodolfo
    October 13, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Justin, can you also recommend some screen sharing tools for LANs that work without internet connection? I am especially interested in tools for Windows 7 that can be used to share one desktop with several users (similar to Microsoft's NetMeeting for Windows XP).

    • jhpot
      October 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      I don't specifically know of anything like that, but I'm not much of a Windows user. Try asking on MUO Answers, maybe?

  5. Toy
    October 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I will definitely give this a try. For the past few years I have been happily using Teamviewer,  which also free for non-commercial use. From the Teamviewer website, you can choose to download their small program and install it in your computer, or chose just to run the program once (not install). The pros is that you can see the others users screen, control the mouse and keyboard, and send/receive files among other things. Thanks for sharing this new website.

    • jhpot
      October 13, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      I love sharing new things I discover. Let me know how Quick Screen Share compares to TeamViewer, okay?