How to use Nearby Share, an Airdrop alternative for Android Devices.

We all know that Nearby Share is an Android file-sharing solution that makes it simple to move files and documents from one device to another. However, the most popular smartphones often run on either Android or iOS, but for the purpose of this guide, we will focus on the Android in-built file sharing system and what the latest Google Android 13 update means for this file sharing system.

On the other hand, while Air Drop is an app that allows you to send your photographs, movies, webpages, locations, and other data wirelessly to other nearby Apple devices and Mac computers, the Android Nearby Share has been improved to do even much more with the Android 13 roll-out, as most of the improvements were focused on:

  • Sharing from the clipboard: You can now share text, links, and other content from your clipboard with Nearby Share. To do this, copy the content that you want to share, then tap the Nearby Share icon in the clipboard notification.
  • Improved security: Nearby Share now uses end-to-end encryption to protect your shared files. This means that only the sender and recipient can see the contents of the file.
  • New permissions: Android 13 introduces new permissions for Nearby Share. These permissions allow you to control who can see your device when you are using Nearby Share, and whether or not you want to receive requests to share files.
  • Support for more devices: Nearby Share is now available on Android 6+ devices. This means that you can share files with a wider range of devices, including older Android phones and tablets.

However, the specific guidelines how to use the Nearby Share are outlined below to ensure no user difficulties and confusions. The steps include:

  • Check to see that both of your devices have the Nearby Share feature on. You may accomplish this by navigating to Settings > Connected Devices > Connection Options > Nearby Share and turning on the toggle button found in that section.
  • Launch the file you want to transmit from the device from which you want to transfer from by clicking on it and then selecting “Open.”
  • Tap the icon that looks like three dots in a circle. This is the share icon.
  • Choose to share in the Nearby Area.
  • Then check on the receiver device, you will see a notification that says “Receive a file from [name of sender],”
  • Tap Accept. This will allow you to receive the file.
  • The file will then be sent from the sender device to the receiver.

When using Nearby Share, it is important to keep the following additional considerations in mind:

  • Both devices have to be within around 100 feet of each other at all times.
  • The Bluetooth and location services on both devices need to be switched on.
  • Through the usage of Nearby Share, users are able to exchange apps, links, and files with one another.
  • It is up to the person who will get the file to decide whether or not to accept the share.