Enabling Screen Capture on Different Browsers

The screen capture function works on most browsers. 

To enable screen capture, you must click Entire Screen, then click the screen itself before you can click the Share button. 

Screen share


If you encounter any issues that do not allow you to proceed, you may need to enable screen sharing on your device. 


Please see these instructions for enabling screen capture depending on the browser or device you are using:

For Chrome Users

For Safari

For Firefox

For Microsoft Edge

For Chromebook

Chrome Users on a Mac

In order to share your screen while in Chrome on a Mac, follow the steps below. For these steps to work, make sure you:

  • Have Chrome installed on your macOS system

  • Are signed into Chrome

  • Know your macOS administrator password

The changes below ensure that Emmersion has the macOS security permissions necessary to allow you to share your screen.

(Note: If you forget your macOS administrator password, you may reset it a few different ways. Try to reset the password from Recovery Mode first. Alternatively, in some cases you might try other methods, such as resetting it.)

How to enable screen recording permission for Chrome on macOS

  1. Select the Apple menu (in the upper left corner of the screen).

  2. Choose System preferences (Figure A).

  3. Select Security & Privacy (Figure B).

Figure A

Screenshot, with arrows pointing to the Apple Menu (upper left) and System Preferences menu item.

Select the Apple Menu, then System Preferences.


Figure BScreenshot, with the Security & Privacy icon circled.

Select Security & Privacy.

  1. You may need to unlock before you change settings. Select the lock (Figure C, in the lower left corner), then a message and a prompt will display. Sign in, either with TouchID or with your system administrator account name and password.

Figure CScreenshot of the Security & Privacy screen, with an arrow pointing to the Lock icon in the lower left.

Select the lock to allow changes, then authenticate (either with Touch ID or with an admin account and password).

  1. Make sure the Privacy button is selected (from the tab across the top of the options), then scroll down and select Screen Recording (from the left menu). 

  2. In the box to the right, scroll until Chrome is displayed, then select the box to allow screen sharing (Figure D).

Figure DScreenshot, with arrows pointing to Screen Recording (left-side menu) and also to Google Chrome in the list of apps to the right.

Scroll down to Screen Recording, select it, then check the box next to Google Chrome (to the right).

  1. If Chrome is open, you may be notified that the setting will be applied only after Chrome quits (Figure E). Choose either Later or Quit & Reopen. We recommend Quit & Reopen.

Figure EScreenshot message "Google Chrome will not be able to record the contents of your screen until it is quit. You can choose to quit Google Chrome now, or do it on your own later" with a "Later" and "Quit & Reopen" button displayed.

If Google Chrome is active, you'll need to quit and then restart it before you begin your assessment. 

  1. Select the lock (in the lower left corner) to secure your settings.

After you've made the above changes, Emmersion may capture your screen on your Mac. 

Screen sharing in Safari

If screen sharing is blocked in Safari, please follow the steps below to enable it: 

  1. Click Safari > Settings for this website:

  1. Check that the Screen Sharing field is not set on Deny. Set it on Ask or Allow:

  1. Refresh your browser. The next time you try to screen share, Safari will display a window asking you to allow screen sharing.

Please note that it's not possible to share a window or a tab with Safari.

Screen sharing in Firefox

If screen sharing is blocked in Firefox, please follow the steps below to enable it: 

  1. Click on the Permissions icon next to your URL bar. Make sure that the permissions for Screen sharing are not blocked.

  1. Once you allow permissions, please refresh your browser. You should be able to share your screen afterwards.

Screen sharing in Microsoft Edge

  1. Press Win+R to open the Run prompt.

  2. Type gpedit.msc and hit the Enter button.

  3. Go to Microsoft Edge in the Computer Configuration.

  4. Open the Allow or block video capture and Allow or deny screen capture settings.

  5. Select the Enable option.

  6. Click the OK button.

Screen sharing in Chromebook

  • In order to enable screen sharing on a Chromebook, you must download and use either Google Chrome or Firefox as your browser.

  • Once you have opened your assessment in Google Chrome or Firefox, follow the instructions above to enable screen sharing.