Google’s Nearby Share feature will soon let you share files without approval

Nearby Share feature is Google’s answer to Apple’s Airdrop. The feature enables users to share data with nearby Android and ChromeOS devices using WiFi and Bluetooth. What makes this feature better is that it works both online and offline. But there is a catch. Users need to approve the share request before they are able to receive files from other users. What’s more? This approval has to be taken every time a user has to share a file with another user. But soon that might change.

According to Esper’s Mishaal Rahman, Google is planning to roll out an update to its Android and Chrome OS-powered devices that will enable users to share files without needing approval every time. Rahman says that the company is working on a ‘Self Share’ feature that will enable users to share files with devices signed into the same account without needing the approval every time they need to share a file.

Notably, as of now, users get three options – ‘Everyone,’ ‘Contacts’ and ‘Hidden’ – while sharing files using the Nearby Share feature. However, according to the screenshot shared by Rahman, Google is planning to replace the third ‘Hidden’ option with a new ‘Your Devices’ option. Additionally, it is planning to include a toggle button that will enable users to make their Android or Chrome OS-backed device visible to other nearby devices.

Opting for the third option will enable users to transfer files seamlessly between their own devices without any delay.
As far as the availability is concerned, Rahman says that Google hasn’t rolled out this feature yet. But the feature is present in the latest version of Google Play Services, which means that Android and Chrome OS users should get this feature soon.

“This hasn’t rolled out yet from what I can see, but it’s present in the latest version of Google Play Services,” he wrote in a post on Twitter.

Meanwhile, here is a quick guide of how you can use Google’s Nearby Share feature:

How to use Google’s Nearby Share feature

Step 1: Open the content, like a photo or webpage.

Step 2: Tap the Share button. Then tap the Nearby Share button.

Step 3: Now tap the Turn on option.

Step 4: Hold your phone and your friend’s device close to each other.

Step 5: Under “Looking for nearby devices,” tap your friend’s device.

Step 6: After the content has been sent, tap Done.

Faqs

With Nearby Share, information is fully encrypted on both sender’s as well as receiver’s side. The technology protects privacy and ensures safe data transfers. Nearby Share is rolled out for phones with Android 6.0 and above.05-Aug-2020

To use Nearby Share, you’ll need to make sure the feature is turned on. It requires Android 6.0+ and you’ll need to turn on both Bluetooth and Location on your Android device. You’ll then need to head into the Settings app on your Android device > Tap Google > Device Connections > Nearby Share > Turn On.10-Mar-2021

On the PC you’re sharing from, on the right end of the taskbar, select action center > Nearby sharing and make sure it’s turned on. Do the same thing on the PC you’re sharing to. On the PC you want to share from, open Microsoft Edge , and then go to the webpage you want to share.

To use nearby sharing, both PCs—the one you’re sharing from and the one you’re sharing to—must have Bluetooth and must be running Windows 11 or Windows 10 (version 1803 or later).

On the PC you’re sharing from, select Start, and then select Settings > System > Nearby sharing. Choose which devices you want to share with, or view the apps and services you’ve given access to through the accounts listed there. Do the same thing on the PC you’re sharing to.

Conclusion

Nearby Share feature is Google’s answer to Apple’s Airdrop. The feature enables users to share data with nearby Android and ChromeOS devices using WiFi and Bluetooth. What makes this feature better is that it works both online and offline. But there is a catch. Users need