Google launched a quick file sharing feature between two nearby Android devices, a feature called Nearby Sharing in a way similar to Apple’s AirDrop.

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When users use Nearby Sharing feature to share files, the phone starts emitting a Bluetooth Low Energy signal to be received by other nearby phones. In turn, they just need to accept the connection.

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Nearby Sharing is for fast, easy transfer speeds, using Wi-Fi, using mobile data and Bluetooth to get the best possible speed.

How to use Nearby Sharing

Nearby Sharing is available for phones running Android 6 and up.

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Just tap “share” on the file you want to send, then choose Nearby Sharing (a little icon that looks like DNA). If you use this feature for the first time, you will be prompted to activate the service.

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Nearby Sharing feature requires device’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Location enabled. If you are the sender your phone needs to turn them on, if you are the recipient make sure that Bluetooth and Location are turned on. Otherwise, the sender won’t see the recipient’s device.

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When the sender initiates a transfer, the recipient will receive a message asking if you want to accept the sent file. Connection is encrypted and no personal communication data is transferred between devices.

You can open Nearby Sharing setting if you want to turn it off or if you want to change your privacy settings.

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Just enter Nearby Sharing on the search section in your phone settings, turn on the feature and tweak it.