How to Enable Nearby Share on Android

Here’s how to enable and use nearby share on Android devices. Nearby share is used to share files (Photos, Videos, and Documents) & links with Android phone near you. To share with devices nearby, make sure location and Bluetooth are turned on both devices. This new Nearby share feature works like Apple’s Airdrop and supported running Android 6.0 and above versions in several devices like Samsung Note 20 Ultra, Pixel, OnePlus Nord, Realme, Honor, Asus Zenfone 7 Pro, and more. Also, use NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi to share content with other devices.

How to Set up and Use Nearby Share on Android Devices

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use nearby share on Pixel (Stock Android 11) devices.

How to Share Links, Photos, Video, and More Using Nearby Share on Pixel (Stock Android)

Make sure to turn on Bluetooth and location on both devices. Also, unlock your phone.

Step 1: Open the phone gallery and tap on the photos or videos you want to share.

Share files using nearby share feature Android

Step 2: Tap the Share icon at the bottom left.

Android 11 Nearby Share Use

Step 3: You can see the Nearby share icon. If not available, tap on More.

Enable Nearby Share on Android 11

Step 4: You can see a notification in the status bar on other devices. Tap on it to connect.

Use Nearby Share on Android

Step 5: Wait until see the Device name and tap on it.

How to enable and use nearby share on Android

Step 6: “Waiting for device to accept” screen appears.

How to use nearby share on Pixel

Step 7: Tap Accept.

Set up and Use Nearby Share on Android

Step 8: When completing the process, you can see the Sent message in your Pixel or Android device.

How to Disable or Enable Nearby Sharing on Android

Step 1: Go to “Settings”.

Step 2: Touch “Google App”.

Device connection settings Nearby Share Android

Step 3: Scroll down and tap “Device connections”.

Nearby Share Settings Android phone

Step 4: Touch “Nearby share”.

How to Enable Nearby Share on Android

Step 5: Toggle on or off you want.

Check Also:

How to Choose Who Can Share Files With You While Screen is Unlocked

How to Choose Who Can Share Files Using Nearby Share

Settings > Device connections > Nearby share > Device visibility > Choose from All contacts/Some contacts (Selected contacts only)/Hidden

How to Change Data Usage Settings When Use Nearby Share Feature

How to Change Data Usage Settings When Use Nearby Share

Settings > Device connections > Nearby share > Data > Choose from Data (Charges may apply)/Wi-Fi only/Without internet (Offline share).

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