Nearby Share

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Nearby Share
Developer(s)Google LLC
Initial releaseAugust 4, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-08-04)
Operating systemAndroid Marshmallow and later
Chrome OS
PredecessorAndroid Beam
TypeUtility software

Nearby Share is a feature of Google's mobile and desktop operating systems Android and Chrome OS which allows data to be transferred via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, similar to AirDrop and Android Beam. Contact Sharing is opted in to automatically by accepting the current Device Setup Terms of Service. It allows the rapid short-range exchange of images, videos, text, contact info, directions, YouTube videos, and other data. It was officially released to the general public on August 4, 2020.[1][2] The feature allows users to reduce the time needed to send content down to simple taps. Nearby Share automatically uses the optimal protocol in sharing content, allowing users to share content even when not connected to the Internet.[2]



Nearby Share is activated by enabling the feature on both sender and recipient devices. If the content can be sent, a bottom sheet will appear with a list of available contacts to share with. Choosing a contact from the list sends a prompt to the recipient that requires them to confirm the transfer. When the content is sent, both devices will return to the content on their screens closing the bottom sheet which both had open.[2]

Requirements and availability[edit]

To use Nearby Share, both devices need Android 6 and above. Google also stated that previous Android versions and Chromebooks will gain support soon.[2][3]


Nearby Share offers users the option to choose which protocol (defaults to automatic, overridable) among Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, WebRTC, and peer-to-peer Wi-Fi should be used (by asking whether it can use data) and who can see the user's phone in their lists. It offers the options to make the user's device visible to all their contacts, some specific contacts, everyone nearby, or to no one at all.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bohn, Dieter (August 4, 2020). "Android's 'Nearby Share' file sharing feature is finally launching". The Verge. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Instantly share files with people around you with Nearby Share". Google. August 4, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  3. ^ "Share links, photos and more with Nearby Share on Android". YouTube. August 4, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)