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Using the VidyoConnect Screen Share Feature for Mobile (Android and iOS)

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This article contains the following sections:

 

Feature Overview

The mobile screen share feature allows you to use your VidyoConnect™ mobile application (version 19.1.1 for Android and version 19.1.0 for iOS) to share your mobile device screen while in a video conference.

Along with this feature, VidyoConnect also supports the split-screen multitasking mode on Android 7+ (phones and tablets) and Split View on iOS 11+ (tablets only), where users can open and share a second application concurrently with a VidyoConnect call. In addition, iOS 11+ Slide Over functionality is supported to allow VidyoConnect to float over another application in an overlay panel. On specific Samsung devices using Android 7+, the Multi-Window functionality mode can be used, where users can keep a VidyoConnect conference open in a mini overlay window as they browse the rest of their device, similar to picture-in-picture mode (device-specific feature not fully supported).

 

Compatibility

 

Feature Compatible VidyoConnect
Mobile App Versions
Compatible Android
and iOS Versions
Mobile Screen Share

VidyoConnect Mobile for Android 19.1.1 or later

VidyoConnect Mobile for iOS 19.1.0 and later

Android 5.0 and later


iOS 11 and later

 

 

Using the Mobile Screen Share Feature

This section describes how to the use the screen share feature on Android and iOS devices.

 

Using the Mobile Screen Share Feature on Android Devices

Vidyo recommends that you configure your Android device as follows for optimized behavior when using the VidyoConnect app:

  • Enable Notifications. For more information, see the Viewing Notifications section.
  • Manually grant permission on the device for VidyoConnect to draw over or display over other apps (a.k.a., SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW permission). To find this setting on your device, search for “draw over other apps” or “display over other apps”.  Once you configure this setting, the blue border will appear around shared apps and the floating End Share button EndShareButton.jpg will appear on the screen so you can easily stop sharing.

 

Since the mobile screen share feature can be used on both tablets and phones, the screenshots in this section show a mix of how the user interface appears on tablets and phones.

 

To use the mobile screen share feature on an Android device:

  1. Join a call using your VidyoConnect mobile app.
  2. Tap the Share button ShareButton.jpg in the call controls.
    The message "[Device name] will start capturing everything that's displayed on your screen" appears.

    New_Android_Phone_DeviceName.png
  3. Tap Don't show again if you don’t want to see this message again in the future, and then tap Start Now to start sharing.
    • VidyoConnect moves to the background automatically and your entire screen is shared with the other call participants. In addition, if you have granted permission on your device for VidyoConnect to draw or display over other apps, a floating End Share button EndShareButton.jpg appears on the screen. You can move this button around the screen as needed.

      New_And_EndShareButton.png

      You can return to the VidyoConnect application at any time while you are sharing. If you do, the “You are sharing your screen” message appears as a reminder that the other participants in the call can see your conference view reflected back to them.  

      New_Android_Phone_YouAreSharing.png

     

    If you are using Android 7.0 or later, you can use split-screen mode to open another supported application simultaneously side-by-side with the VidyoConnect video call. To do so, use the app switcher button and drag a second application from the app tray onto the screen.

     

    • If you are using split-screen mode, the part of the screen that’s being shared with the other call participants is highlighted with a blue border, and the “You are sharing this portion of your screen only” message appears on that part of the screen. The VidyoConnect application is cropped out of the share so that the other participants will not see your conference view.

      New_Android_Tab_Blue.png

      If you are sharing another application using split-screen mode, dragging the divider bar to change the size of the apps will cause a momentary blank area to appear in the share while the application adjusts to the new size. To avoid this, Vidyo recommends that you decide on the size of the shared screen portion before you start sharing.

  4. To stop sharing your screen, tap the End Share button EndShareButton.jpg.
    • If you are not using split-screen mode, the VidyoConnect application comes to the foreground and the “Stop sharing your screen from VidyoConnect?” message displays.

      New_Android_Phone_StopShare.png

    • If you are using split-screen mode, the “Stop sharing your screen from VidyoConnect?” message displays on the VidyoConnect side of the screen.

      New_Android_Tab_StopShare.png

  5. Tap Stop Share.

 

Viewing Notifications

While in a video call, you can swipe down from the top of your device screen to see notifications about your VidyoConnect call and screen share status, as well as enjoy easy access to conference controls like Mute/Unmute Audio, End Share, and End Call.

To view notifications:

  1. Ensure that you have enabled Notifications on your Android device.
    If Do Not Disturb is enabled or Notifications are disabled for the VidyoConnect app, the conference notifications will not be displayed.

  2. Swipe down from the top of your screen to open the notification drawer on your device.
    The following screenshot shows how the notification drawer appears on an Android phone when not using split-screen mode.

    New_Android_Phone_Notif.png

  3. Perform any of the following actions from the notification drawer:
    • See if VidyoConnect is sharing your screen.

      New_Android_Phone_Split_Notif.png

      If nothing is currently being shared, the message will indicate whether a VidyoConnect conference is in progress.

      New_Android_Phone_ConfInProg.png
       

    • Mute or unmute your audio.
    • Stop sharing your screen.
      You can also stop sharing as described in steps 4 and 5 of either the Using the Mobile Screen Share Feature on Android Devices section.

    • End the call.

 

Using the Mobile Screen Share Feature on iOS Devices

This section includes information about how to use the mobile screen share feature with iOS 11 and with iOS 12 or later. Refer to the section that pertains to your iOS version.

 

Since the mobile screen share feature can be used on both iPads and iPhones, the screenshots in this section show a mix of how the user interface appears on  iPads and iPhones. If any discrepancies exist between the two device types, these will be explained in the steps as well.

 

iOS 11 

To use the mobile screen share feature on an iOS 11 device:

  1. Join a call using your VidyoConnect mobile app.
  2. Open the Control Center on your iOS device.

    Alternatively, you can tap the Share button ShareButton.jpg on your VidyoConnect app. A tutorial appears, and you can follow the steps in the tutorial to start using the screen share feature.

    New_iOS_Tut1.png New_iOS_Tut2.png 


  3. When the Control Center appears, select VidyoConnect and tap Start Broadcast.

    New_iOS_Phone_StartBroadcast.png

    Your entire screen is shared with the other call participants. A red status bar appears on the screen to indicate that you are sharing. If you open any other application, the red status bar continues to display to remind you that you are sharing.

    New_iOS_Phone_RedStatus.png

    You can return to the VidyoConnect application at any time while you are sharing. If you do, the “You are sharing your screen” message appears as a reminder that the other participants in the call can see your conference view reflected back to them.

    New_iOS11_YouAreSharing.png

     

    On an iPad, you can use Split View or Slide Over to open and share one or two other applications alongside your VidyoConnect video conference. However, when using Split View or Slide Over, your self-view is turned off and you cannot send video from your camera.

     

    • If you are using an iPad in Split View, the VidyoConnect application portion of your screen is cropped out of your share. The VidyoConnect app portion of the screen displays a red status bar to indicate that you are actively sharing the other application. In addition, the Share EndShareButton.jpg button appears red.  

      New_iOS11_Tab_Split_RedBar.png

      If you move the VidyoConnect application to the background, your entire screen will be shared. The red status bar continues to indicate that you are actively sharing.

      New_iOS_Tab_TwoShare.png
    • If you are using an iPad and use Slide Over to open another app, your entire screen is shared with the other call participants. A red status bar appears across the top of the screen to indicate that you are sharing the whole screen.

      New_iOS11_Tab_SlideOver.png
  4. To stop sharing your screen:
    • Open the Control Center on your iOS device.
    • Select VidyoConnect and tap Stop Broadcast.

      New_iOS_Tab_StopBroad.png

 

iOS 12 and Later

To use the mobile screen share feature on an iOS 12 device:

  1. Join a call using your VidyoConnect mobile app.
  2. Open the Control Center on your iOS device.

    Alternatively, you can tap the Share button ShareButton.jpg on your VidyoConnect app. The “Start screen share" pop-up appears, and you can tap the recording button to access the Control Center screen recording menu and start broadcasting your screen from inside the app.

    New_iOS12_Tab_StartShare.png



  3. When the Control Center appears, select VidyoConnect and tap Start Broadcast.

    New_iOS_Phone_StartBroad.png

    Your entire screen is shared with the other call participants. A red status indicator appears on the screen to indicate that you are sharing. If you open any other application, the red indicator continues to display to remind you that you are sharing.

    New_iOS_Phone_fromYi.png

    You can return to the VidyoConnect application at any time while you are sharing. If you do, the “You are sharing your screen” message appears as a reminder that the other participants in the call can see your conference view reflected back to them.

    New_iOS12_Phone_YouAreSharing.png

    On an iPad, you can use Split View or Slide Over to open and share one or two other applications alongside your VidyoConnect video conference.

     

    • If you using an iPad with Split View, the VidyoConnect application portion of your screen is cropped out of your share. The VidyoConnect app portion of the screen displays a red button iOS_RedShareButtoninStatusBar.jpg in the status bar to indicate that you are actively sharing. In addition, the Share button EndShareButton.jpg appears red.

      New_iOS12_Tab_Split_RedButton.png

      If you move the VidyoConnect application to the background, your entire screen will be shared. The red button iOS_RedShareButtoninStatusBar.jpg in the status bar continues to indicate that you are actively sharing.  

      New_iOS12_Tab_TwoSplit.png

    • If you are using an iPad and you use Slide Over to open another app, your entire screen is shared with the other call participants. The red button iOS_RedShareButtoninStatusBar.jpg in the status bar continues to indicate that you are actively sharing.

      New_iOS12_Tab_SlideOver.png

  4. To stop sharing your screen, do one of the following depending on whether the VidyoConnect application is in the background or foreground:
    • When the VidyoConnect application is in the background, tap the red button iOS_RedShareButtoninStatusBar.jpg  in the status bar. The “Stop broadcasting screen with VidyoConnect?” message displays.

      New_iOS12_Tab_Stop.png

      Tap Stop.

    • When the VidyoConnect application is in the foreground, tap the red Share EndShareButton.jpg button. The “Tap the recording button below or in your Control Center to stop sharing your device screen” message displays.

      New_iOS12_Phone_StopRecord.png

      Tap the recording button.

      New_iOS12_Phone_StopBroad.png

      Tap Stop Broadcast.

 

Troubleshooting

  • On an Android device, if the presenter in a VidyoConnect call is sharing another application in split-screen mode and they change the size of the split screen by dragging the divider bar, a blank area will momentarily appear in the shared content while the application adjusts to the new size.
  • On an iPad, you must start sharing using the Control Center at least once. If you don’t, the VidyoConnect app may freeze.
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