AirDrop for Android – how to use it Nearby Share

AirDrop for Android – how to use Nearby Share

One of the Apple features that Android users have long envied is AirDrop. This feature offers the seamless and wireless transfer of files from one Apple product to another.

Android users could only dream of this feature – until now. It’s good news for Android Users as the Android version of AirDrop is finally rolling out on the market. And here is how you can use this new feature.

Read: Google might have accidentally revealed Android 11’s release date

Nearby Share – Android’s version of AirDrop

For years, Apple has had an advantage over Android when it comes to sharing photos, videos, documents, and more with other Apple devices, while still maintaining the quality of the shared files.

Pretty amazing, right?

Nearby Share – Android’s version of AirDrop

Late last June, it was reported that Google is working on its AirDrop version. And what’s cool about it is regardless of its platform – mobile or desktop – the feature is performing seamlessly.

Nearby Share is Google’s answer to the Apple AirDrop feature that many Android users have been waiting for; enabling a hassle-free sharing of photos, videos, documents, links and more.

Which phones will have Nearby Share?

All Android phones running at least Android 6.0 will have this new feature. Initially, Google is adding the feature to its own Pixel phones and Samsung and plans later to make it available to other Android devices.

This sort of roll-out for a new feature is typical of Google with broader availability on other Android devices to follow over time. What does this mean? It means that you may have the feature now but your friends might not have it yet. Or, you’re the one that might have to wait a little longer before it shows up on your device.

To find out if the feature is already available on your device, here’s how you can check for it:

Photo credits to CNET
Photo credits to CNET

Google is planning on extending the Nearby Share file between Android devices and desktop/laptop Chrome soon. But for now, it’s only available between Android phones and tablets.

How to use Nearby Share?

When the feature is available on your device, it will simply show up. You won’t have to do or update anything. But you will need to enable it:

Open the Settings app on your phone and select Google > Device Connections > Nearby Share. The first time you open Nearby Share, you will be asked to turn it on and select the privacy options.

Nearby Share privacy options
Nearby Share privacy options (Photo credits to CNET)

All contacts: With the Nearby Share feature enabled and turned on, all of your contacts will be able to see your phone as an available device.

Some Contacts: Only the contacts you have selected will be able to see your device as an available Nearby Share device.

Hidden: Your phone won’t show up as an available device for anyone unless you turn on your Nearby Share feature. Also, if your phone detects an available device that is using Nearby Share around you, you will be notified if you want to open the feature and make your device visible.

Send/Receive files using Nearby Share

Whether you’re sending or receiving a file, you will need to have Nearby Share turned on and with the display left on as well. Here are the steps in sending files using Nearby Share:

  1. Open the Share menu on your device.
  2. Find Nearby Share in the list of apps and tap it.
  3. Then, a small window will show up at the bottom of the screen, letting you know it’s looking for a contact to share with. Once you find the device you want to share files with, tap on their profile icon.
  4. The receiving device will then display a prompt, letting them know who is sending them a file. Let them tap Accept to complete the process. They will then receive the file.

Also read: Android 11 to bring trash bin for your deleted files

Nearby Share works like magic

If you encounter issues while transferring files, Google suggests to turn on/off Bluetooth, moving the devices within a foot of each other, or turning on/off Airplane mode.

Overall, the feature works like magic. Finally, sending and receiving files between Android devices has become seamless and hassle-free.

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