How to Share iPhone or iPad Screen on Zoom

How to Share iPhone or iPad Screen on Zoom

Zoom has just released the best quarterly results in the history of the company with solid indications for the next quarter. We have seen Microsoft and Google target Zoom with their video calling offerings such as Microsoft Teams and Google Meet. Still Zoom holds up well with features such as whiteboard rich screen sharing, ease of use, the ability to share iPhone or iPad screen on Zoom using AirPlay on Windows and Mac.

Share the phone screen on the zoom

During group video calls, the administrator may want to present the current screen, the file, present the PowerPoint slide, etc. using screen sharing. This makes the whole conversation hassle free. You can also share the iPhone and iPad screen directly with Zoom video calls.

The feature can be useful when you want to present something on the iPhone or iPad screen to Zoom attendees. I wanted to show my father some of the options to change on his iPhone to fix the problem. I used iPhone screen sharing on Zoom and showed him how to reset the iPhone to fix the problem. This is one of the use cases for iPhone / iPad screen sharing on Zoom.

In this article, I’m going to guide you on how to share the screen of an iPhone or iPad during a Zoom meeting. Let’s start.

Share the iPhone / iPad screen on Zoom

There are two ways to mirror the iPhone or iPad display for zooming. Use a USB cable or opt for the wireless AirPlay option. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open the Zoom app on your Mac or Windows.

2nd step: Press “New meeting” to start a new Zoom call.

New meeting

Step 3: Join the meeting using computer audio to turn on audio during group video calls.

Step 4: Invite participants and press 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.

Split screen

Speaking of keyboard shortcuts, read our dedicated article on Zoom keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Mac.

Step 5: Go to Share screen> Basic and select iPhone / iPad via AirPlay or iPhone / iPad via cable.

Although the USB cable can be reliable, using wireless over a slow Internet connection can present some setbacks. Also, a loose or defective cable can interrupt the screen sharing experience.

Step 6: Press iPhone / iPad via AirPlay and the Zoom application will download the plug-in required to activate the AirPlay service.

I Phonei Pad via Air Play

Step 7: Press the Share button below and return to your iPhone / iPad.

Step 8: On your iPhone / iPad, swipe down from the top right corner to open the Control Center.

Step 9: In the Control Center, long press on the Screen Mirroring option.

Screen duplication in the control center

Screen mirroring option

Step 10: It will display the “Zoom – Name of laptop”. Tap it and it will start streaming the live display from iPhone to Zoom app on Mac / Windows.

I Phone Share screen

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

I Touch screen on the zoom

Here’s how we use it among team members. Often I share the iPhone / iPad screen using AirPlay and show a custom image or something strange that I found. It’s much better than recording the screen and then sharing it on a project management app. The function also makes the whole meeting transparent and fluid.

Screen sharing annotations

The iPhone / iPad screen sharing function lets you do more. You can annotate on the iPhone / iPad screen for better presentations. In the toolbar above, press Annotate to open the editing menu. It becomes easier for a presenter to present things.

Draw: The drawing menu consists of a bunch of shapes to choose from. You can use an arrow, circle, rectangle, and other tools in the drawing menu to annotate on the iPhone screen.

I Phone screen annotate

Text and Format menu: The zoom allows you to add text to the screen of the iPhone / iPad. You can also change the color, the size of the text, add a bold or italic effect to it.

Aside from that, you can use the undo, redo and erase option to make the changes. The Save button is a must for everyone. After brainstorming ideas with team members, you need to save the current screen to the PC. You can press save to store the current screen as an image in the device’s Zoom folder.

Disable the annotation

Fortunately, Zoom also offers a few security options. During the live video call, you can press the Security button at the top of the screen sharing window and deactivate Annotate on shared content in the Allow participants menu. This will prevent other members from annotating on the split screen in Zoom.

Share screen on zoom

When it comes to screen sharing, Zoom has taken the lead in Microsoft, Google Meet and others. I like the way Zoom allows flexibility to share the screen using various options like Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, second camera, files, etc.


Are you looking to master the Zoom software? Read the post below for the best Zoom tips and advice.

Last updated on June 14, 2020

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