The so-called ‘Android AirDrop’ has been in very limited testing for a few months, and has now started to spread to a good number of users. Surely you can also try it: We tell you how to activate ‘Share with Nearby’ on your Android mobile.
It is not that sharing all kinds of files between Android phones is complicated because there are many apps for it, even Google has its own application: Files. In addition, a good part of the manufacturers integrates their own solution, such as ShareMi in Xiaomi mobiles. Now: why is there not a general solution for all Android? This has changed since Google is releasing ‘Share with Nearby’ (Nearby Share), an option to send any file to another Android. And surely you can activate it.
‘Share with’ Nearby ‘already starts working
We have been reading for months about the tests of ‘Nearby Share’, which has been called ‘Android AirDrop’ because of its similarity, and universality, with the exchange system with which Apple provides its devices. Nearby is a centralized system that is distributed to Android through Google Play services. In this way, Google ensures that it reaches as many devices as possible and regardless of their manufacturers; at least as long as the mobiles are compatible with Google applications and services.
‘Share with Nearby’ is starting to reach the first devices automatically: to know if you already have it active you can carry out the following process:
- Go to your Android settings and go to Google options.
- Go to ‘Device Connections’.
- See if the option to ‘Share with Nearby’ already appears. If so, go there and activate it.
If ‘Share with Nearby’ still does not appear, you will have to force its appearance. The best way is install the beta of Google Play services, but this does not guarantee that the new file sharing option will end up appearing: everything will depend on your version of Android, the phone manufacturer and your Google account. We have forced the activation of ‘Share with Nearby’ in Android 9, 10, in Samsung mobiles and also in OnePlus. However, It has not worked for us in Xiaomi with MIUI (Without this implying that it will not work for you, it is a matter of trying it).
To force the activation of ‘Share with Nearby’ do the following:
- Become a ‘betatester’ in the beta of Google Play services.
- Make sure you update with the latest beta of these services. You can also install the latest APK from Apk Mirror.
- Once the beta of Google Play services is installed, repeat the previous process (Android settings, Google options, Device connections, Share with Nearby) and check that the activation already appears. If not, and as a last hope, restart the phone.
If you can’t force ‘Share with Nearby’ you’ll have to wait for Google to officially activate it, you can’t do much more. This process is currently expanding, so it is only a matter of time.
What can you do with ‘Share with Nearby’?
With this file sharing system you can send a document, an image, video and even the APK of an application to another nearby Android device. The transfer system uses Bluetooth, WiFi and also the data: you can choose which connections Nearby will use from the Google options (the process in the previous section).
For someone to share content with you, you must have Nearby active. Apart from having activated it in the Google options (or before the first transfer) you need ‘discover’ the phone:
- Edit the quick settings panel of your mobile. In general, it is enough to unfold it and click on the pencil icon.
- Find the shortcut to Nearby and move it to a position that is comfortable for you.
- Accept the changes.
Once you have the ‘Share with Nearby’ button accessible, just click on it so that the other person sees your device as available to send files. And if you are the one who wants to send them with this new Android protocol, you must do the following:
- Click on the share icon in the application from which you want to send content (photo gallery, file manager, web browser …).
- Click on ‘Share with Nearby’. It is the icon of a braid, it appears within the applications suitable for sharing.
- Your Android will start searching for compatible devices. Remember that the device you send the file to must be ‘discovered’ to accept the transfer.
- Choose the Android you want from the list and the content will be sent to the other device after acceptance.
The transfer is carried out as chosen in the Google settings. Bluetooth, data or WiFi: the system will choose the best connection to carry out the exchange.