As a backup or for locally installed apps, Demodesk offers to share your local screen. We always recommend using only the virtual screen whenever possible, but in exceptional circumstances, you might share your local desktop. In this article, you'll find everything you need to know if such a case occurs.

  1. How can I show an app that is locally installed on my device?

  2. Why does Demodesk use a cover for local desktop sharing?

  3. Mac OS Catalina: How to enable local Desktop sharing


1. How can I show an app that is locally installed on my machine?

Simply click on share in the bar at the bottom, choose a local desktop, and don't forget to choose the window you want to show in the pop-up. Now you are ready to go, and you can share all of your locally installed apps.

Just be aware that all of your notifications on the selected screen are now visible to your participants.

2. Why does Demodesk use a cover for local desktop sharing?

If you share your local screen in a meeting, we cover the resulting image that is streamed to the meeting - only on the side of the person sharing!
This has a reason: If we wouldn't cover up the meeting itself, the person sharing their screen would see something like this:

3. Mac OS: How to enable local Desktop sharing

Since Mac OS Catalina permissions are more strictly governed. Thus you will need to adapt the system preferences for your browser.

  1. Open your System Preferences

  2. Navigate to Security & Privacy

  3. In the left bar, navigate to Screen Recording

  4. Click the Checkmark for your browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox)

    Please note: If your browser doesn't show up, try starting a Demodesk local Desktop share once again

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