Screen Sharing Apps isn’t just for helping someone or being helped with a computer problem, they can also be very beneficial in assisting in holding meetings over the computer without actually meeting in person.
We have collected about screen sharing applications that can be the Miracast Alternative Apps. We are going to consolidate some of the potentially less common ones that you may not have heard of. We have all likely heard of the popular programs in the game: TeamViewer and LogMeIn. But perhaps it’s time to consider some equally solid contenders.
AnyDesk is perhaps the easiest remote desktop access and screen sharing software for anyone in the world. It supports all of the major platforms, i.e. Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD, Android, and iOS. And it’s the closest thing you will get to plug-and-play simplicity.
Features Within AnyDesk
The free version of AnyDesk offers all the goodies that any average joe would want. Obviously, you can remotely access the other person’s computer and see their screen. The address or namespace is usually confusing gibberish though. Here’s a pro tip: Hover the mouse cursor over your address to see an alternative 9-digit AnyDesk address number.
Connecting two devices via AnyDesk is dead easy. It supports audio and video transmission too, so you can talk as you help. The free version also lets you transfer files between the two devices, making it easy to access anything, anywhere.
The free account supports only a 1:1 connection, which means only two devices at a time. The AnyDesk premium paid plans let you increase this capacity.
Features Within LiteManager
LiteManager has two different programs to install, on the server side and the viewer side. The viewer can access up to 30 PCs in the free version, and even more with the paid version. This makes LiteManager ideal for IT managers of small teams.
It supports Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. Linux users can run the program with Wine. LiteManager also has a QuickSupport mode for no-installation connections. This mode is ideal for anyone who needs help and doesn’t have LiteManager already installed. The main program is better for system administrators.
For admins, the only thing lacking in the free version is ticketing and a screen recorder. Those features are available with the paid version of LiteManager, but then again, there are better apps if you’re willing to pay.
3. Remote Utilities
Features Within Remote Utilities
Install the Remote Utilities “Host” program on the computers you want to access. Install the “Viewer” program on your PC. Connect the two via the IP address and you’re done. It couldn’t be simpler.
Quick note, you’ll need to register and get a free license to run the program.
There are some excellent features in the free version of Remote Utilities that other programs offer in their paid versions only. For example, you get Address Book syncing, which is invaluable in a small office.
How I wish Remote Utilities was available across more platforms, but it’s Windows only. That is really the only negative of this program.
Mikogo is another application which does both remote access and screen sharing. It supports Windows, Mac and Linux and is an excellent program for working in teams.
Features of Mikogo
Not only does it do the basics such as chat and file transfer, but it also allows you to decide which applications are seen by the viewers when you’re presenting. There’s a whiteboard to create drawings and text, the interface is very intuitive and there’s an option to record.
Another thing I liked are the speech bubbles (which can be easily disabled) to help remind you of what all the features can do – they’re just nice to fall back on while still learning the program. I also like that while you are using the program, you can see in a small screen in the window what is being displayed on the other person’s screen.
Lots of great helpful features and multi-person connection makes it great for teams. No time restriction.
Code in program cannot be copied and pasted, nor can the window be resized. Also note that each time the icon for the program is clicked a new window is created. I had to manually close out each one in the system tray.
Like previously stated, Mikogo is great for groups of people, but it also can be used as a one-on-one tool. Although, it may be a little overkill to use to just help someone with their computer.
ShowMyPC is focused on screen sharing application. With a fairly simple user interface and Windows, Mac and Linux compatibility, it makes a solid choice if all you’re looking for is to share your screen.
Features of ShowmyPC
In the free version the features include the ability to take and share screenshots, Android phone support, limited chat room whiteboard, limited application sharing, file transfer (no folder transfer), schedule meetings, one-hour password length, one-hour session duration and limited participants per meeting, which varies based on network traffic.
No installation – simply launch the application and run it.
Be prepared for a popup window promoting premium services once the session is ended.
ShowMyPC is certainly not my favorite. Its website isn’t the easiest to navigate around and it took me a while to find the “free” link – you can tell it’s not heavily promoted. That said, the interface of the program isn’t all that bad and makes it fairly easy to use and understand. Out of 5 stars I would give ShowMyPC a 3.5 star rating.
What other People says
- Chellaprabu: Try Zoho Assist. Not only it shares screen, you can also control the screen. It has lot of features and is completely free.
- Dumby: ScreenLeap is NOT completely web-based . Requires java. Cheers .
- Myriam Caron: I have tried a few tools from this list. Right now I am using SalesHandy for live presentations & Screen sharing. Most amazing things about SalesHandy is there is no download needed on the other side. We just need to share a link to start the presentation.
- Joi: Very detailed review, thanksI I would also add CrankWheel to this list. Its advantage is that customers can use it with any device and OS. There’s no need for them to download any software, and it’s very easy to use. CrankWheel is very convenient if you need to share a screen or browser tab quickly.
- Anonymous: ScreenLeap looks like malware… I tried several of the tools mentioned in this article. ScreenLeap is a little bit of a problem… Although it didn’t “install” as a typical Windows program would by adding an entry to “Programs and Features” which could later be removed, it did install to my system and add a lot of lot of entries to the registry including one that allows it to automatically start every time I boot the computer. The application doesn’t offer any options it just sets itself to run whenever the computer is running. I sent a message to the ScreenLeap folks using the feedback form on their website. In their response, they say that they’re working on an option to disable auto-start in Windows. I suspect they’ll just be working on a way to hide themselves better. Typical Adware / Malware will at least give you an option to uninstall the junk. I’ll be spending some time searching my registry now. I recommend avoiding ScreenLeap.
Which One Would You Pick?
There are certainly pros and cons of each service, but I feel that overall ScreenLeap, SkyFlex, Mikogo and CrossLoop are the best free screen sharing software and shouldn’t be ignored.
What are your favorites in the list? Do you use them for remote support or face to face meetings?