How to fix Google Meet's "Error: can't share your screen"?

👤 Diwas Poudel    🕒 24 Oct 2022    📁 TECH

There was an issue in Google Meet called "Error: can't share your screen," which Google Employees fixed according to their official site, but some people are still experiencing the issue and getting the same error over and over.

Share Screen Issue Chrome
fig. Share screen issue Google Meet

So, to resolve or fix this issue, follow the steps below.

1 Update your Chrome Browser

Before joining any Google Meet meetings, ensure that you are using the most recent version of Chrome.

You can update Chrome by following the steps below.

  1. Launch the Chrome browser.
  2. Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  3. Select Help.
  4. Select About Google Chrome.
    About Google Chrome Setting
    fig. About Google Chrome
  5. Select Google Chrome Update.
    Please keep in mind that if you already have the most recent version, you may not see this button.
  6. Relaunch the browser once more.
Chrome already uptodate
fig. Chrome already up to date

2 Try using Incognito Mode

Open Google meets link in Incognito Mode. When you browse the internet using Incognito mode, your cookies, and cached session data will not be saved, and, more significantly, all third-party add-ons will be disabled. The issue might be due to cookies, cache, and third-party add-ons. So try Incognito Mode. 

Press CTRL + Shift + N or ⌘ + Shift + N to open Incognito mode in Chrome.

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3 Disable Chrome Extension 

It's possible that turning off or disabling any extensions you have installed on Chrome will fix the issue. Before participating in a Google Meet meeting, you should disable Chrome, particularly any Meet-specific extensions.

You can find the installed Chrome Extension in the following location:

In Edge

In browser URL type:


In Chrome

In browser URL type:


In Firefox

In browser URL type:


And then navigate to Extensions tab on the left.

In Safari 

Choose Safari App > Preferences, then click Extensions

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4 Check Allow Google Meet permissions such as a microphone, camera, and notification.

When you join the Google Meet meeting, you will be asked for permission to use your microphone, camera, and notifications, so please click "Allow."

Another reason in the case of Macs is as a security measure, certain Mac operating systems restrict camera,notifications, and microphone access.

5 Allow Google Chrome to record your screen if prompted and then restart Chrome.

During the meeting, when you tried to share your screen by clicking the "Present" button, you might have encountered a popup that said, "Cannot share your screen." In this Click "System Preferences"  and then click "Open System Preferences" in the pop-up window that appears after that.

Carry out the following actions inside the user interface for the operating system's system preferences:

Screen recording may be found by navigating to Security & Privacy > Privacy > on the left screen, click on Screen Recording.

In the event that it is locked, you can unlock it by clicking the lock icon located in the bottom left ("Click the lock to make changes"). After entering your login and password, click the "Unlock" button.

Click the checkbox that is located next to Google Chrome in the pane that is located on the right. It will bring up a dialogue box that says "Google Chrome will not be able to record the contents of your screen until it is quiet." Select "Quit & Reopen" from the menu.

6 Troubleshoot Meet 

On the web, you can look up google meet troubleshooting.

You can follow these threads as well.

7 Try Different Browser

There could be a problem with the browser, so try another one. If you are having trouble with the Microsoft Edge browser, you can try accessing Google Meet Link through Firebox or another browser.


These mentioned seven steps are some of the fixes you can try to solve the problem related to "Error: can't share your screen".