How to share system sound on Skype

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Although I am not the biggest fan of Skype, the fact is, for the moment, it is the most commonly used communication tool for online teachers (and students). However, since some time ago there was a need that Skype didn’t cover and it’s something useful for language teachers: share sound that we have in our device with the student. Before, we had to use third party apps. In Skype update 7.33, we could only share the sound system. Later, this option disappeared and it was only possible to share screen including the sound. But let’s go by parts.
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What is system sound?

System sound is the sound that comes from the speakers integrated in our computers (or from the headphones we have connected). For example, when we listen to music, the sound comes out through the speakers of our computers. So, our students can’t hear it or they hear it badly.

And how is this sound shared on Skype?
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Before this update, if we wanted to share audio or music on Skype during a lesson without using other programs, we could turn the volume up to maximum, so the students would listen to it through our microphone, or we could them send the file. But depending on the activity, this was not very practical.
To share system sound now we just need to share it as we share screens. That is, during a call click on the butto for sharing screen or go to “Call” on the menu and choose “share screen”. There you can choose if you want to “share system sound”. And that’s all. At this point, the sound of your audio or video will get to your student with your voice. Of course, your voice will be attenuated, so the main sound will be the system sound.
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But, what if I just want to share the sound?

Maybe you just want to share audio and you have nothing visual to show. In this case, the only thing you can do is: choose a window that you can show, instead of showing the whole window. This you can show a neutral window, or a picture, or even the music player you are using.

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zhaofeng
zhaofeng
3 years ago

You should try Zoom, it’s system sound share function is powerful

Óscar Ortega
Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  zhaofeng

I agree! But many people prefer to use Skype, so I decided to write this article for them 🙂

zhaofeng
zhaofeng
3 years ago
Reply to  Óscar Ortega

Yes, but I prefer Zoom for Skye doesn’t have this function on Mac.

Flip
3 years ago

Hi never joined a discussion before,but I’m an ESL teacher and have about completed my website setup. Zoom is far superior. Not only can you share screen with computer sound, whiteboard, record lessons and chat, you can allow students to control ESL interactive software. Although I haven’t marketed the site yet, nor do I know how, if you catch me online by logging on, we could have a chat. I need the practice of using the technology and interactive software.

Óscar Ortega
Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  Flip

Hi! I agree completely, :P. Maybe one day we can talk!

Luciene
Luciene
3 years ago

Hi, thank you so much for addressing this problem. I’m starting to teach by Skype and couldn’t get the sound to work via sharing screen and audio.

Branka Gajo
Branka Gajo
1 year ago

Thank you 😊

Stephen
Stephen
1 year ago

Hi, I was trying to play some music to my students off youtube on Skype but they couldn’t hear the music because the microphone is using the sound any suggestions on how I could do this.