Screen sharing: alternatives to TeamViewer

Are you looking for an alternative to TeamViewer? Here are some software that allow you to share your screen quickly and easily

TeamViewer is one of the most popular software for remote control, desktop or individual screen sharing, file sharing and online conferencing. Born back in 2005, today it is a well-established program and, for this very reason, it has been targeted by hackers who are always trying to breach platforms with a wide spread, in order to hit the highest possible number of users.

If remote control is not our priority, however, maybe it is time to consider some alternatives to TeamViewer to share the screen between networked computers without risking hacker attacks. In any case, then, there are some minimum security measures that we should never forget.

Microsoft Remote Desktop

A first alternative to TeamViewer for sharing the screen is Microsoft's Remote Desktop Assistant. It works with Windows 7, 8 and 10 and is 100% made in Microsoft so it integrates perfectly with Redmond's operating system. It also has a mobile version for both Android and iOS. It is a remote control software in all respects because it also allows you to use the applications of the computer to which you are connecting, so it should be considered a complete alternative to TeamViewer and not just a desktop sharing software.

Microsoft Skype

Also from Microsoft comes a second alternative to TeamViewer, but only for sharing the screen: it is Skype, well-known software for making video calls and video conferences that in its latest versions has also introduced the screen sharing function. This function, however, is only active during video calls made through the app (for Android from version 6 onwards, iOS from version 12 onwards, Linux, Mac, Windows). Screen sharing is not yet available on the Web version of Skype.


ShowMyPC is another free (for personal purposes only) alternative to TeamViewer if our need is for screen sharing. It runs in Java, so it is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux. It is presented as a software geared towards business and corporate use, but it is also useful for screen sharing among simple friends. is a commercial software, but it also has a free version that allows you to share your screen in video calls for up to three participants. The paid version also has remote control features, because whoever is connected with you through the application can interact with your desktop. It works on Windows, macOS and Linux desktop computers as well as Android and iOS smartphones.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts started as a messaging and video conferencing system connected to Google Plus, Google's now defunct social network. It has a great screen sharing feature, which is very easy to activate and allows all connected users to see (but not touch: no remote control features) your desktop and active windows. It is also very convenient for video meetings, during which you can not only send files but also show slides or other documents to all connected users.