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How to use Nearby share feature of Android – Times of India


Sharing files with Nearby Share on Android is a breeze, and it’s a great alternative to Bluetooth or traditional file-sharing methods.

Here’s a quick guide on how to use it:

What is Nearby Share feature

Nearby Share is a feature available on Android devices (Android 6.0 and up), Chromebooks (version 91 and up), and some Windows PCs (64-bit versions of Windows 10 and up) that allows you to wirelessly share files and links with nearby devices using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.It’s a quick and convenient way to transfer content without needing an internet connection or relying on third-party apps.
Before you start:

  • Make sure both devices have Nearby Share enabled. You can find it in the Settings > Connected devices > Connection preferences menu.
  • Turn on Bluetooth and Location on both devices.

Sharing files:

  1. Open the app or file you want to share. For example, let’s share a photo from your Gallery app.
  2. Tap the Share button.
  3. Select Nearby Share.
  4. The other device’s name will appear. Tap it to start the transfer
  5. On the receiving device, a notification will appear asking to accept the transfer. Tap Accept.

That’s it! The file will be transferred quickly and securely.

Here are some additional tips for using Nearby Share:

  • You can control who can see your device by choosing your Device visibility settings in the Nearby Share menu. You can make your device visible to everyone, contacts only, or specific devices.
  • You can also transfer files to devices that are not in your contact list. Just make sure both devices are visible to each other.
  • The transfer speed of Nearby Share will vary depending on the size of the file and the connection quality.


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