Share a screen with a friend on Facebook anytime, anywhere and for free!
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3...
Choose a friend
First of all, choose the Facebook friend you want to share a screen with. If you’re going to share your screen, make sure this is someone you trust!
We also recommend choosing a friend who’s currently online or you may be waiting some time!
Choose whose screen to share
You can choose to share your screen, in which case your friend gets to see your desktop and share control of your computer.
Or you can request to share your friend’s screen, in which case you get to see their desktop and share control of their computer (if they accept).
It depends what you want to do!
Download and run the software
You are prompted to download a small, temporary software program to your computer. Your friend is notified to do the same through Facebook.
The two computers then automatically and securely connect over the Internet, wherever they are in the world. You don’t have to do anything else!
When you’ve finished, both programs self-delete, keeping you safe online. If you want to share the same screen with the same friend, just deskhop again!
Frequently asked questions
What is deskhop?
deskhop is a Facebook app that enables you to share a computer* screen with a friend on Facebook.
* You can’t share the screen of your tablet or phone, unfortunately.
- Share your screen, in which case your friend gets to see your desktop.
- Request to share your friend’s screen, in which case you get to see their desktop (if they accept, that is).
Either way, you share control; that is, you are both able to control the screen using your keyboard and mouse (ideally, in turn).
What can I do with deskhop?
When you share a screen, it’s as though you’re sitting down in front of a computer together with your friend.
So there’s virtually no limit! You could:
- Troubleshoot a computer problem for your friend, or get help yourself.
- Collaborate on a document.
- Watch a slideshow.
- Edit a picture.
- Or just show off!
Is there anything I can’t do?
deskhop can’t transmit sound, so you can’t listen to music remotely. You can’t transfer files between the two computers either. But that’s about it...
How does deskhop work?
When you’ve chosen a friend and screen, deskhop prompts you to download a small, temporary software program to your computer. Your friend is notified to do the same through Facebook.
The two programs then automatically establish an encrypted connection together over the Internet. You don’t have to know anything about computers or networking—deskhop handles the technical details for you.
When one person disconnects, both programs are automatically deleted, leaving no trace. It is not possible for either party to re-establish the connection without the other’s permission, nor for anyone else to connect in.
Who is deskhop from?
deskhop is from RealVNC, the inventors of VNC remote access and control technology.
Is screen sharing safe?
Providing you only share your screen with someone you trust, deskhop is completely safe.
Connections are encrypted end-to-end using 128-bit AES technology. It is not possible for a third party to intercept communications between the two computers in order to steal sensitive information such as passwords.
Please note that while connections are brokered by RealVNC web services hosted in secure, always-available, professionally-managed data centers, RealVNC does not monitor connections nor store session data in any way.
How much does deskhop cost?
deskhop is currently free to use.
What do I need to use deskhop?
You (and your friend) need:
- A Windows (XP or later) or a Mac (10.6 or later) computer; other desktop platforms coming soon. Note you can easily share your Windows screen with a Mac user or vice versa — deskhop is truly cross-platform!
- A supported browser. The latest versions of IE on Windows, Safari on Mac, and Chrome and Firefox give the best experience, though other browsers should work.
- A Facebook account.
- At least one Facebook friend!
How is control shared between two people?
While a screen is being shared, both parties are able to use their keyboard and mouse. It’s best if you take turns!
At the bottom of the screen* there is a dialog explaining who’s currently got control:
* You can move this dialog around, but note it’s always visible to both parties.
How do I stop misuse?
The screen owner always has priority over the mouse, and can therefore disconnect the other person at any time.
Simply click the always-visible Disconnect button, shown in the picture above.
What do I do if something goes wrong?
Most errors are temporary in nature, typically caused by problems getting the two computers connected over the Internet.
The recommended procedure is to try again in five minutes! If you really can’t connect, contact us through Facebook in the standard way for a Facebook app.
If you have any other feedback, fill out our online survey form. Enjoy using deskhop!