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How do I share from a second camera or mobile device in Zoom?

Zoom allows instructors to share a feed from a second device in order to show students an alternate view. A camera connected to your computer can be used as the second device to show a document, a physical whiteboard, or an activity taking place in the room. A smartphone or tablet connected to your computer can be used as the second device to show activities on that screen, such as drawing on a sketching app, or utilizing any other app. You may also wish to join your Zoom meeting as a participant from that mobile device, and share your content/screen that way.

See instructions below for both options, including for iOS and non-iOS devices

Sharing from a second camera

Enter a Zoom meeting and click the Share Screen Option

Enter a Zoom meeting and click the Share Screen Option

To share from a built-in second camera, click the 'Advanced' tab, then click on 'Content from 2nd Camera', and click 'Share'

To share from a built-in second camera, click on the Advanced tab, click on 'Content from 2nd Camera', and 'Share'

If you have no second camera or device connected, your front-facing camera will activate and share to the meeting.

If you are connected to the meeting with a device which has a rear-facing camera, such as a Microsoft Surface, that camera will activate and share to the meeting. You can also switch between the front and back cameras by clicking 'Switch Camera' at the top left.

Instructions for sharing from an iOS device are just below. Instructions for sharing from a non-iOS device are further down in this guide.

Mirroring from an iOS device

Screen mirroring from an iPhone/iPad via AirPlay allows the instructor to use the camera on their Apple device as a second camera to stream activity in the room.

In Zoom click 'Share Screen' then click 'iPhone/iPad via AirPlay', and click 'Share'.

Click 'Share Screen', the 'iPhone/iPad via AirPlay' option, and 'Share'.

If asked to install a plugin tap 'install'

A plugin is required to share an iPhone/iPad screen. Click 'install'.

Swipe up on your iOS device and tap 'Screen Mirroring'

Instructions will appear on your computer screen for connecting your device.

Click 'Screen Mirroring'.

If you have trouble mirroring, be sure that the device and the computer are on the same Wf-Fi network. If the AirPlay icon won't appear even when an Apple TV is nearby, go to System Preferences > Displays > Display and choose "Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available". On your iPhone, iPad, MacBook, iMac or Apple TV, toggle off Wi-Fi and then turn it back on.

For additional information visit: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/204726885-Screen-Share-Using-Airplay-Mirroring

Select the Zoom meeting option to connect to the meeting

Select the Zoom meeting option to connect to the meeting.

Once connected, the device will display the mirroring connection and share to the meeting

Once connected, the device will display the mirroring connection and share to the meeting.

You may now swipe to change to another app or to the camera to mirror that view to the meeting. You may use a drawing or whiteboard app on your device, which will circumvent the limitation of the Zoom whiteboard, which is only available during sharing. While mirroring, whatever is displayed on the screen of the device (or whatever the camera app is pointing at) will be shared to the meeting. When mirroring, the device does not neet to be joined to the meeting as a participant.

Swipe up and click 'Stop Mirroring' when you are done sharing your iOS device screen

You may then click 'Stop Sharing' on the meeting as well.

When you are finished, swipe up to return to the iOS device control menu, click on the mirroring connection, and click 'Stop Mirroring'. You may then click 'Stop Sharing' on the meeting as well.

If you are mirroring content from your phone or tablet, ensure that your portrait orientation lock is OFF, and you will be able to tilt your phone to share the content in either portrait or landscape. Note - this does NOT work for live view through your camera app on newer iPhones - but it will work for photos and video that are already saved to the phone.

Note that if you are using a Mac, you may also share from an iPad/iPhone using a wired connection.

Note that if you are using a Mac, you may also share from an iPad/iPhone using a wired connection.

Connect the device to the computer with the cable. You will be asked to 'Trust' the computer and to enter your passcode.

You will be asked to 'Trust' the computer and to enter your passcode.

Broadcasting from a device

If you do not have a built-in second camera, you can substitute an external iOS or Android device (see above for instructions specific to Apple devices).

Screen broadcasting from any device allows the instructor to use the camera on their alternate device camera to stream activity in the room. This involves hosting the meeting on your computer and also joining as a participant from your smartphone. On an iOS or Android device, join a Zoom meeting using a join link or the Zoom app. 

Click 'Share', and then 'Screen', and then 'Start Broadcast'. 

Click 'Share', and then 'Screen', and then 'Start Broadcast'. 

You may now swipe to change to another app, or to the camera to share that view to the meeting. A running timer will display in the upper left  corner of the screen.

You may use a drawing or whiteboard app on your second device. This circumvents the limitation of the Zoom whiteboard, which is only available during actual sharing. With a second device, you can continue to draw even when the second device is not being shared. And you can switch over to sharing it at any time.

You may now swipe to change to another app or to the camera to broadcast that view to the meeting.

When you are finished sharing from the second device, click the timer, then click 'Stop' to stop broadcasting. While broadcasting, whatever is displayed on the screen of the device (or whatever the camera app is pointing at) will be shared to the meeting.

If you are broadcasting content from your phone or tablet, ensure that your portrait orientation lock is OFF, and you will be able to tilt your phone to share the content in either portrait or landscape. Note - this does NOT work for live view through your camera app on newer iPhones - but it will work for photos and video that are already saved to the phone.

You may also wish to turn on the Annotation feature to allow participants to annotate on a shared screen. See instructions on recommended configuration settings here:

https://tuftsedtech.screenstepslive.com/s/19028/m/94934/l/1217381-recommended-configuration-set-up-for-instructors-using-canvas-zoom

https://tuftsedtech.screenstepslive.com/s/19028/a/1293762-lecture-annotation-options-for-remote-and-hybrid-instruction

See also:

YouTube demo of a Smartphone document camera setup with a gooseneck holder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNMgLKdOm8s

Apple documentation on how to record the screen on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207935