YOUR Android phone has a smart feature to quickly share photos and videos.
It’s called Nearby Sharing, and it should sound familiar to anyone using an iPhone.
That’s because Nearby Sharing is Google’s alternative to the beloved Apple AirDrop.
AirDrop debuted back in iOS 7 as a way to quickly send files to nearby devices.
It works on iPhone and Mac, and is quickly becoming the preferred method of money transfer among Apple fans.
AirDrop’s speed and ease of use made it famous for a long time, and Android users have been clamoring for an alternative ever since.
Thankfully, Google launched its own Nearby Sharing in June 2020.
It allows you to quickly send media to nearby Android phones in seconds.
We’ve put together a quick guide on how to use Nearby Sharing to send files or links to other Android devices.
How to use the Nearby Sharing feature on Android
First, make sure you’re using Android 6.0 or later – otherwise it won’t work.
Next, make sure that Bluetooth and Location are turned on.
Then go to Settings > Google > Devices and Sharing > Nearby Sharing and toggle the feature to On.
Arrive share content with someone, open the file, and then tap Share. It may appear as an icon with two lines connecting three dots.
Tap Nearby, then hold your phone next to your friend’s device.
Now check Search for nearby devices and tap on the device of your choice.
Once the content is submitted, tap Done.
If you get content from someone, you will receive a notification.
Make sure your device is visible by tapping the notification.
You may be asked to turn on Nearby Sharing, Bluetooth, or Location.
Then, to receive the content, tap Accept.
You can also choose who can share content with you.
Swipe down from the top of your screen.
Then, tap Share Nearby and choose one of the three options.
Pick Everybody Let anyone try to share files if they’re nearby while your screen is on and unlocked.
Option Contact will limit this to contacts and Hide will only show your device if you choose it case by case.
Be very careful when accepting files from strangers – you should generally refuse unsolicited links or vehicles.
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