Google has started rolling out its nearby sharing feature on Android devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. The company was working for an AirDrop alternative for quite some time now and they have finally launched the feature.
Google’s Nearby Sharing allows you to share files, links, pictures, and more with people nearby. The feature even works offline. It chooses the best protocol available for fast and easy sharing from – Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, WebRTC, or peer-to-peer WiFi.
Using Nearby Sharing
Here is how you can enable nearby sharing on your Android device –
- On your phone, make sure Bluetooth and Location are turned on.
- Open your Settings app.
- Tap Google > Device connections > Nearby Share > Turn on.
- To turn off Nearby Share, tap Settings. Then turn off Nearby Share.
Here is how you can share files using this new feature –
- Open the content, like a photo or webpage.
- Tap Share > Nearby Share.
- You may need to tap Turn on.
- Hold your phone and your friend’s device close to each other.
- Under “Looking for nearby devices,” tap a device.
- Tap Send.
- You’ll get a message that says “Sending.” When you get the “Sent” message, tap Close.
Source – Google