Discord continues to expand its user base beyond gaming enthusiasts. With more than 140 million active users, the screen-sharing, voice-chatting, and video-calling platform is establishing itself as a powerhouse in the market.

The client’s live viewing feature is one of its popular offerings. Gamers enjoy the feature, as it enables them to broadcast gameplay footage in real time. Discord has extended the function to other applications, not just games, and you can now broadcast your browsing session.

Some users have complained that they can stream everything except Chrome. According to the reports, the screen goes black whenever the user tries to use the client’s live viewing feature in the browser. If you’re one such user, this article will help you a lot – you’ll find out how to fix Discord streaming not working in Chrome.

Grant Chrome and Discord admin rights

Windows has a strict security policy that prevents third-party applications from sharing the system’s screen. If you’re running Discord and Chrome normally, this could be the problem. You’ll have to grant both programs administrative privileges to fix the issue. This method worked like a charm for many users. Note that your user account has to be an administrator account for this to work.

The fastest way to run a program as an administrator is by right-clicking on its shortcut or Start menu listing and selecting Run as Administrator from the context menu. But you’ll have to do that whenever you want to run the program.

You can’t always remember to right-click on a program and select Run as Administrator whenever you want to open it. The best thing to do is adjust its properties to allow it to run as an administrator anytime you launch it or whenever another program opens it.

The steps below will show you how to grant Chrome and Discord admin privileges permanently:

  1. Tap the Windows logo on your keyboard to open the Start menu.
  2. Once the Start menu appears, type “Chrome.”
  3. Right-click on Chrome in the search results and select Open File Location.
  4. Once you see Chrome’s Start menu shortcut, right-click it and select Open File Location again in the context menu.
  5. Now right-click on the browser’s EXE file (Chrome.exe) and select Properties from the context menu.
  6. Once the Properties dialog window appears, switch to the Compatibility tab.
  7. Next, check the box beside “Run this program as an administrator,” and then click on the OK button.
  8. Follow Steps 1 to 7 to run Discord as an administrator.

If running the programs as an administrator does not resolve the problem, head to the next solution.

Make sure Chrome isn’t in full-screen

Chrome’s full-screen mode allows you to focus on the contents of a website without distractions. It removes navigation buttons, tabs, Omnibox, and extension docks from your view. While this is a great way to boost productivity and maximize the use of your system’s screen, it doesn’t work for Discord.

So, exit full-screen mode, and you should be able to stream without issues. To get out of full-screen mode, all you have to do is press the F11 key on your keyboard. If the keypress doesn’t work due to a keyboard remap or another problem, not to worry; drag your mouse pointer to the screen’s top center and click on the circle with a white X mark.

Disable Hardware Acceleration in Chrome and Discord

Some applications are designed to offload specific tasks to specialized hardware devices. For example, a program can offload sound recording and playback to your sound card, and it can pass off graphics-related tasks such as movie playback, games, and video editing to your graphics card. The process is called Hardware Acceleration.

While the CPU can perform these tasks, sometimes it makes sense to pass them off to other hardware devices for improved quality and speed. Handing the tasks over will also free your CPU to handle other processes.

That said, there are situations where enabling Hardware Acceleration becomes counterproductive. The devices that these tasks are rerouted to might be weak and unable to handle the job as great as the CPU can.

Chrome and Discord are equipped with the Hardware Acceleration feature, which could cause the streaming problem in Chrome. Turn it off and check if that resolves the issue. We’ll show you how to do that in both programs.

Follow these steps to turn off Hardware Acceleration in Chrome:

  1. Launch Chrome.
  2. After the browser comes up, go to the top-right corner and click on the three dots.
  3. Click on Settings once Chrome’s main menu appears.
  4. You can also type “chrome://settings/” into the Omnibox and hit the Enter key.
  5. Once the Settings page opens, go to the left pane, expand the Advanced section, then click on System.
  6. Switch to the right side of the window and switch off “Use hardware acceleration when available.”
  7. Relaunch Chrome and check for the problem.

Follow the guide below to switch off Hardware Acceleration in Discord:

  1. Go to the Start menu and open Discord.
  2. Go to your username and click on the gear icon beside it to open the client’s Settings interface.
  3. Go to App settings and click on Appearance.
  4. Scroll down under Appearance and click on the Hardware Acceleration option to turn it off.

You can now open Chrome and try streaming to check if the problem has been resolved.

Disable the “Use our latest technology” option in Discord

Discord’s “Use our latest technology” was introduced to improve screen sharing. However, it seems to do the opposite and mess things up for some users, especially those who don’t have the hardware to take advantage of the tech. Try turning it off and check if that resolves the issue.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Start menu and launch Discord.
  2. Open the client’s Settings interface by clicking on the gear icon beside your username.
  3. Next, go to the Voice and Video tab.
  4. Go to the “Use our latest technology” option and turn it off.
  5. Now launch Chrome and check if you can stream on Discord.

Close conflicting applications

Some programs running in the background can cause problems for Discord. Some of these programs use up system resources that the client needs to work properly. Shut down these programs, and you should be able to stream Chrome.

Firstly, go to the Task Manager and close programs you’re not using and those consuming too many system resources. To open the Task Manager, press Ctrl, Shift, and Esc together on your keyboard. Click on More Details if you can’t see the different tabs in the program. Now locate the processes with high CPU, DISK, and Memory usage. Click on each and click on the End Task button.

If shutting down applications through the Task Manager doesn’t work, enter a Clean Boot state to check whether the issue is connected to a startup application. Startup applications are programs and services designed to launch at startup. Most of these programs continue to run in the background and end up being in the center of application conflicts that cause all sorts of problems.

By performing a Clean Boot, you can determine if a startup program is the cause of the Discord streaming issue in Chrome, and you can also fish out the culprit.

The guide below will show you how to perform a Clean Boot:

  1. Press the Windows and I keys on your keyboard together to open the Run dialog box.
  2. After Run shows up, type “msconfig” and click on the OK button.
  3. Once the System Configuration dialog window opens, go to the Services tab.
  4. Check the “Hide all Microsoft Services” box in the bottom-left corner of the window to prevent the operating system from disabling Microsoft-related services.
  5. Next, click on the Disable All button.
  6. Head to the Startup tab of the System Configuration dialog window and click on Open Task Manager.
  7. Now disable the programs you see under the Startup tab of the Task Manager. To do that, click on a program and click on the Disable button in the window’s bottom-right corner.
  8. Close Task Manager and click on the OK button in the System Configuration window.
  9. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
  10. Now open Chrome and try streaming. If the problem occurs, then none of the startup items is responsible, which means you have to move on to the next solution. However, if you can now stream, read on to learn how to isolate the responsible startup item.

To find the startup program responsible for the problem, you’ll have to go to the System Configuration dialog window, enable one startup service and then restart your system to check if it’s the cause of the streaming issue. If the error occurs, then you’ve caught your culprit. If it doesn’t, move on to the next startup item and do the same. You’ll have to check them one by one until the problem reoccurs.

That said, you can choose to enable half of the services in System Configuration and then reboot your system to check for the error. If the streaming problem comes up, you can neglect other startup items and focus on the group you’ve enabled. However, if the problem doesn’t occur, you can ignore this group and check the next half. This way, you’ll be eliminating multiple services at once instead of checking them one after the other, which could be tiring.

If this trick doesn’t resolve the issue, please move on to the next solution.

Stream Google Chrome as a game

Discord might not be streaming Chrome because it’s not configured to do so. The client was initially intended for games, and since you’re trying to stream Chrome, issues might occur. This isn’t a general problem, as some users get to stream Chrome without issues.

Add Chrome as a game and check if that’s the solution to the problem. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Start menu and launch Discord.
  2. Open the client’s Settings interface by clicking on the gear icon beside your username.
  3. Once the Settings page opens, go to the left pane and click on Game Activity.
  4. Click on Add It beside “Not seeing your game?”
  5. Open the drop-down menu and select Google Chrome, then click on Add Game.
  6. Select the browser window that you want to share, then click on Go Live.

Get rid of temporary files

System and third-party applications typically create temporary files that are used over a short period. These files remain on your computer even when they’re no longer needed, and they could go on to cause problems when they become too large or corrupt.

Some problematic temporary files can prevent Discord from sharing Chrome. So, get rid of your temporary files and try sharing your screen.

You can delete temporary files using the Disk Cleanup utility or via the Settings application.

These steps will show you how to use the Disk Cleanup tool:

  1. Press Windows + E to open File Explorer. You can also right-click the Start button and select File Explorer from the Power User menu.
  2. Click on This PC in the left pane of the File Explorer window.
  3. After that, go to the right side of the window and navigate to the Drives and Devices section.
  4. Right-click on the drive where Windows is installed and select Properties from the context menu.
  5. After the Properties dialog window opens, click on Disk Cleanup, where you’ll find the drive’s capacity.
  6. The tool will now scan for temporary files and display them in categories.
  7. Check the files you want to get rid of and click on the OK button. If you want to delete system files, such as already installed Windows updates and other installation files, click on the “Clean up system files” button.

Tip: You can also go to the Start menu and search for Disk Cleanup. Once you click on the tool, select the drive you want to clean up, and you’ll be taken to the Disk Cleanup dialog box, where you can choose which files to remove.

Use the Settings application:

  1. Press the Windows and I buttons on your keyboard together to open Settings.
  2. After the Settings app launches, click on the System icon.
  3. Go to the left side of the System page and select Storage.
  4. Head to the right pane and click on Temporary files under your hard drive.
  5. Windows will now scan the drive for temporary files and display them in categories.
  6. Select the boxes next to the files you want to delete and click on the Remove button.

Update Discord

Some users experienced the problem in an outdated version of Discord and reported that the issue had been resolved after installing the client’s latest version. If you haven’t updated Discord in a while, do that and check if that resolves the problem.

Here’s how to update Discord:

  1. Click on the folder icon in the taskbar or right-click on the Start menu and select File Explorer.
  2. Once the File Explorer window appears, go to the left pane and click on This PC.
  3. Navigate to the right pane and double-click on your hard drive.
  4. Go to the Users folder, then open your user account’s folder.
  5. Next, open the AppData folder.
  6. Under the AppData folder, locate Local and double-click it.
  7. Scroll down to Discord’s folder and open it.
  8. Now click on the Update.exe file to install the client’s latest version.

Update your graphics card driver

Your graphics card is one of the system components that Discord has to work with to share your device’s screen. Even if Hardware Acceleration is turned off in the client and Chrome, your system will still allow the GPU to do its job. If the video adapter’s driver can’t work properly because it’s outdated or corrupt, you’ll have issues sharing your screen with Discord.

Old drivers might not be equipped with new technologies that allow the graphics card to process screen-sharing instructions from apps like Discord. Updating them should fix the shortcoming. We recommend that you get rid of the current driver and install the new version to avoid conflicts.

If you don’t know how to uninstall your graphics card driver, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the Start button or press the Windows and X buttons on your keyboard together.
  2. After the Power User menu shows up on your screen’s left edge, click on Device Manager.
  3. Once the Device Manager opens, click on the arrow next to Display Adapters.
  4. Next, right-click on your graphics card and click on Uninstall Device.
  5. In the Uninstall Device dialog window, check the “Delete the driver software for this device” checkbox, then click on Uninstall Device.
  6. Restart your system once Windows successfully uninstalls the device.

Once your system boots, Windows will automatically load the generic audio driver. You can now download and install the updated driver. Make sure you get the driver from the right source to avoid installing the wrong piece of software. You can go to your GPU manufacturer’s website to download the latest driver of the device to your system.

To check what graphics card you’re using, go to the Start menu, type “DXDIAG,” and click on the first result. Once the DirectX Diagnostic Tool opens, go to the Display tab and check your graphics card model. Use the information to download the card’s latest driver.

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You can also allow the program to carry out automatic checks from time to time and inform you of drivers that are problematic or outdated.

These steps will show you how to install and use the program:

  1. Download the program.
  2. Run the setup and click on Yes in the User Account Control dialog.
  3. After the installation wizard opens, select the desired language and install location.
  4. Use the checkboxes to do the following:
  • Allow the tool to launch whenever Windows starts
  • Create a desktop shortcut
  • Permit the program to send crash reports to its developers
  1. Click on the Click to Install button.
  2. Once the installation is complete, the tool will check for outdated, missing, and corrupt drivers.
  3. You’ll see the list of such drivers once the scan is complete.
  4. Update your graphics card driver and restart your system.
  5. The program’s full version will allow you to download multiple driver updates at once.

How to fix the “Discord streaming no sound” issue in Chrome

If your system doesn’t produce sound when you stream Chrome, the solutions that follow will help you resolve the problem.

Update your audio driver

Your sound card is responsible for your system’s audio output. The audio driver is a piece of software that interprets sound instructions that the adapter processes. The driver may be out of date, corrupt, or not working well with Discord. A simple solution to the problem, in this case, is removing the driver and installing its updated version.

You can follow the steps we showed you above and use the Device Manager to uninstall your audio driver. In this case, you should go to the audio adapter section in the Device Manager, right-click on your audio adapter, and then click on Uninstall Device.

After Windows removes the device driver, make sure you follow the steps laid out above to install the driver’s updated version. Auslogics Driver Updater can also help you install the official update for the driver.

Clear the Discord Cache

Some of your settings, preferences, and data are stored in Discord’s cache. Once this data has been saved to the cache file, it means the app won’t ask you to input it whenever you want to make a connection or share your screen.

However, the cache file could become so large that it could cause problems, or it may be corrupt. This could be why there is no audio output from the app whenever you try to share your screen in Chrome.

Some users reported that clearing the cache had resolved the issue on their computers. Try doing that and check if it will work for you.

Here are the steps you need to follow if you don’t know how to clear Discord’s cache:

  1. Firstly, you need to close the client.
  2. After that, head to the taskbar and right-click on the Start button.
  3. After the Power User menu opens, click on Run.
  4. You can also tap the Windows and R keyboard buttons together.
  5. Once the Run dialog window opens, type “%appdata%,” then hit the Enter key on your keyboard.
  6. Once the folder pops up, locate Discord’s folder and right-click it.
  7. Now click on Delete to get rid of the folder.
  8. Launch Discord and share your screen to check for the audio issue.

Temporarily disable your antivirus

While this is a rare case, it is possible that your antivirus is interfering with Discord and preventing audio output. Some gamers said they could stream with audio after turning off the Real-Time Protection feature of their antivirus programs.

If turning off the antivirus program works, you can add Discord as an exception or change the antivirus program.

You can go through your antivirus program’s manual or the developer’s website to find out how to disable the program. If you use Windows Security as your main antivirus program, however, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Windows and S keys on your keyboard or click the search icon in the taskbar.
  2. Once the search box opens, type “Virus and threat protection.”
  3. Click on the first result to open the Virus & Threat Protection interface of Windows Security.
  4. Next, scroll down to Virus & Threat Protection Settings and click on Manage Settings.
  5. After that, head to Real-Time Protection and turn it off.
  6. Run Discord and try streaming your browser.

If you can now stream with audio, then your antivirus program is the cause of the problem. Since you can’t keep using a vulnerable system, we recommend that you go for another antivirus program that doesn’t interfere with Discord.

Another thing you should consider is adding Discord as an exception to your antivirus program. Once you do that, the security application will not scan Discord’s folders. These steps will show you how to add Discord as an exclusion in Windows Security:

  1. Tap the Windows and S keys on your keyboard or click the search icon in the taskbar
  2. Once the search box opens, type “Virus and threat protection.”
  3. Click on the first result to open the Virus & Threat Protection interface of Windows Security.
  4. Next, scroll down to Virus & Threat Protection Settings and click on Manage Settings.
  5. When you see the next screen, go to Exclusions and click on Add or Remove Exclusions.
  6. Click on Add an Exclusion and choose Folder from the context menu.
  7. Once the Select Folder dialog window appears, browse to Discord’s installation folder and click on it. Click on the Select Folder button.

Disable your firewall

Your firewall is another security program that you should look at. It controls your system’s network traffic. If it’s in conflict with Discord, the client will not function properly. Disable it temporarily and check if the audio issue will go away.

Here’s how to disable Windows Defender Firewall:

  1. Click on the Start button to open the Start menu.
  2. Type “Firewall” once the Start menu opens.
  3. Click on Firewall & Network Protection in the search results.
  4. Once the Firewall & Network Protection window opens, click on Domain Network and turn off the Microsoft Defender Firewall switch. Click on the Yes option after the User Account Control window pops up.
  5. Go back to the Firewall & Network Protection window and click on Private Network. Switch off Microsoft Defender Firewall. After that, click Yes in the User Account Control window.
  6. Return to the Firewall & Network Protection window again, click on Public Network, and then toggle off the switch under Microsoft Defender Firewall. Click Yes once the User Account Control window pops up.
  7. Close the Windows Security window.

Reset Discord’s voice settings

If you have recently changed your voice settings in Discord, that could be the problem. Go to the client’s Settings page to reset your voice settings and see if the problem goes away.

Conclusion

Discord should now be sharing your Chrome’s interface without problems. We recommend that you go for a capable antivirus application, as malicious programs can cause all sorts of issues, including the streaming problem in Chrome.