How to stream background music/music using Zoom’s screen sharing function

How to stream background music using Zoom's screen sharing function
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With the web conferencing tool “Zoom”, you can stream BGM and music by applying the screen sharing function.

In this article, we explain how to play high-quality music with Zoom and notes on audio sharing.

We also have a summary of how to pick up the music that is playing in the room, so if you are planning to hold a lecture or event using Zoom, please refer to it.

How to stream music online using Zoom

How to stream music online using Zoom

Use Zoom’s screen sharing function when streaming music such as audio players and YouTube on Zoom.

First, let’s take a closer look at how to use the screen sharing function to stream background music/music.

When playing BGM/music while sharing the screen

The procedure for playing BGM/music while sharing a screen such as a slide show or web page is as follows.

  1. Play music and YouTube on your PC in advance
  2. Start a Zoom meeting with music playing
  3. Click “Screen Share” from the menu at the bottom of the screen
  4. Click the screen you want to share
  5. Check “Share audio” at the bottom left of the screen
  6. Click “Share”

By checking Share audio, the screen and audio will be shared at the same time, and the music that is playing will also be played on the participant‘s device.

This method is convenient when sharing background music during lectures or YouTube videos.

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To stop sharing, click “Stop sharing” in the sharing menu.

When playing only BGM/music without screen sharing

The procedure for playing BGM/music while viewing each other’s camera images without screen sharing is as follows.

  1. Play music and YouTube on your PC in advance
  2. Start a Zoom meeting with music playing
  3. Click “Screen Share” from the menu at the bottom of the screen
  4. Click the Details tab at the top
  5. Click “Computer Audio”
  6. Click “Share”

This method is recommended for BGM during an online drinking party or for playing music during a dance lesson.

In this case as well, you can stop sharing by clicking “Stop sharing” in the sharing menu.

Points to note when playing music on Zoom

Points to note when playing music on Zoom

When playing music with Zoom, it is necessary to pay attention to the type of device used and speaker settings.

Next, let’s take a closer look at the points to check when playing music with Zoom.

Only the PC version can play music from the screen sharing function

The screen sharing function itself is implemented in both the PC version and the mobile app version, but only the PC version of Zoom can stream music.

Please note that audio sharing cannot be started from an iPad, iPhone, or Android device.

In addition, since it is possible to receive audio sharing on iPad, iPhone, and Android, if the host device is a PC, even if the participants are smartphones, they can listen to music.

Audio sharing continues while muted

The music played by the screen sharing function is played on the device itself, not through a microphone like speaking voice.

So keep in mind that even if you mute your mic, the music will still play.

If you want to stop the music, you need to cancel audio sharing or stop the music from the playback player or YouTube.

Also, if the music you play does not play or the other party cannot hear it, the problem is often not the mute function but the speaker of the device itself.

Check if the volume of the device’s speaker, playback player, or YouTube is set to zero.

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Volume adjustment from playback player

If the music is played at a certain volume from the beginning, it may be played at a high volume depending on the volume setting of the other party, which may startle them.

When playing music, it is recommended to start at a volume close to the minimum, and adjust it to the appropriate volume while listening to the opinions of the participants.

Also, one way is to conduct a test in advance to check how loud you can hear it.

The method for checking how to hear BGM / music is as follows.

  1. Prepare a computer and a smartphone or tablet
  2. Start Zoom on your computer and start a meeting
  3. Join the above meeting from your phone or tablet with the audio turned off
  4. Play music from your computer using the screen sharing function
  5. Move to another room with your smartphone or tablet, turn on the audio and check how you hear

Howling may occur if the audio of the smartphone/tablet is turned on from the beginning, so it is smoother to turn it on after taking a distance.

Also, if it is difficult to prepare two devices, you can also check the volume by recording the meeting using the recording function.

How to make it easier to hear the music playing in the room?

How to make it easier to hear the music playing in the room

Instead of playing music from your computer, you may want to be able to hear the music playing in your room via Zoom.

From here, let’s take a closer look at how to make it possible to pick up BGM and music playing in the room with Zoom.

Reasons why it is difficult to hear room music/BGM

Zoom has a noise canceling function that automatically removes noise other than conversations.

Since this function is enabled by default, the music playing in the room will also be cut.

It’s a very useful feature during regular meetings, but should be disabled when playing music.

Solution: Noise Cancellation Settings

Here’s how to adjust the level of noise canceling on Zoom.

  1. Click the gear icon (settings) from the Zoom desktop app
  2. Click “Audio” from the left menu
  3. Uncheck “Automatically adjust volume”
  4. Set the level of “Suppress Background Noise” to “Low”
  5. Click “x”
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Also, if you want to disable noise canceling completely, check “Show in-meeting options to ‘Enable original sound'” in the audio settings.

Since the changed setting will be applied after that, it is necessary to re-enable it when conducting a normal meeting.


  • With Zoom, you can use the screen sharing function to stream the music on your device
  • Smartphones and tablets can only receive audio sharing, and PCs can start and receive audio sharing.
  • If you want to hear the music playing in your room, you’ll need to change Zoom’s noise-cancelling settings.

If you adjust the noise canceling, you can pick up the music in the room with Zoom, but in terms of sound quality, playing and sharing from the device is better.

If you want to play music as background music for a course or event, please try using voice sharing using Zoom’s screen sharing function.