Google announced Apple Airdrop alternative Nearby Share back in 2020 and the feature is now available on every Android device running Android 6.0 or above. That means almost every Android smartphone user can now share files, documents, photos, etc between each other via Nearby Share.
What is Nearby Share?
Nearby Share is an instant sharing tool that allows users to share files, documents and multimedia content with other devices. The service relies on Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot and Bluetooth connectivity to transfer files. It is basically Google’s answer to Apple Airdrop.
Devices that support Nearby Share
As mentioned, the feature is now available on all Android devices running Android 6 or above. This includes smartphones, tablets and TV.
What you need to use Nearby Share
To be able to use the Nearby Share feature, all you need is another Android device with Nearby turned on. That’s it.
How to use Nearby Share to share files, documents and other multimedia content
The process to use Nearby Share is the same on all Android devices irrespective of the OEM’s custom user interface.
Enable Nearby Share
Swipe down twice from the top to open quick toggles and look for Nearby Share option. Tap on it to turn it on.
Setup Nearby Share
Long press on the Nearby Share toggle button or head to setting and make sure the visibility is set to everyone or contacts. But do note if you choose Contacts, then only the person saved in your contact will be able to send files.
Steps to follow:
Navigate to the file you want to share and tap on Share button. Now, tap on Nearby Share option. Then wait for the other device to show up in the list. Then tap on it. Accept on other device to receive the file.
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