Apps and games available on smartphones have become an integral part of our lives. If you have found an awesome app, it is natural to talk about it and share it with your friends.

How to use nearby share in Android, google nearby share

In this case, we use various third party apps (including Share It, Gender) to transfer the app. Meanwhile, Android has provided an inbuilt facility to share the app from one Android device to another. However, you might not be aware of this.

So here we are telling you about intuitive features provided by Android. With the help of this feature you can securely exchange the apps.

Sharing files using Nearby Share

Like Apple’s AirDrop feature for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, Android has also provided its users with a ‘Nearby Share’ feature. Through this you can easily transfer files from one android device to another.

For this, you don’t have to face the hassle of having to provide contact info. But the device must be connected to the same network. For that, the distance between the two devices must be close.

To share Google Maps, any photo, file or web link, tap the share button. There you will see the Nearby Share option.

After doing so, your phone will start searching for nearby devices. Keep the device as close as possible in order to transfer content.

On another device a popup notification will appear, tap on it. Here, if the Bluetooth and location of the other device is not on, you have to turn it on.

Once you have found another device, tap the name of that device. After doing so, accept from another device. Now the sharing process will start, which only takes a few seconds.

However, it also depends on what you are sharing. Google has stated that Nearby Share will also work on Chromebooks. This way you can share data using Nearby Share from Android devices on laptops with Chrome OS.

Sharing apps with Nearby Share

The Nearby Share feature is also available on Android’s Google Play Store. With this now you can share apps and games to your friends and loved once.

This technique will allow you to send the correct file of the app. Therefore, the recipient of the file can immediately install the app.

To share app, first open the ‘Play Store’ app on your Android phone or tab.

As soon as you open the app, tap on your profile on the top right corner of the screen.

google play store navigation

There you will initially see an option called ‘My App and Game’. Click on that option.

my apps and games google play store

Clicking on My App and Game will take you to the Updates option. On its side you will see ‘Install’, ‘Library’, ‘Share’ and ‘Beta’ options. Click on ‘Share’.

navigate to the share tab

Now start the process of sending the app by clicking on the ‘Send’ button that appears there.

tap the send button

When you click Send, the Google Play Store will ask you for access to your location. Click on the ‘Continue’ button to proceed.

continue to allow permissions

Now you will have various options available for location sharing. The first of these is While Using the App’, i.e. click on the location sharing option only when using the app.

select a location permission

Then you will see a list of apps installed on your mobile. From there, select the app you want to share and click on the ‘Send’ button on the top right side of the Play Store.

select app to share

Now the recipient has to open the Google Play Store app. As before, he should also go to the share option. The person receiving it there will have to proceed by clicking on ‘Receive’ instead of ‘Send’.

recipient taps recieve

When you click ‘Receive’, the name of the device sending the app will be available. Click on it.

select the receiving device

After doing so, a code for connecting the device will appear on the screen. Send the code to the app sending person and as the app sending person enters the code, the app will be sent.

tap receive if the code matches

Once the app is sent, the recipient will be able to install and use the app directly from there.

install received app from nearby share

This way you can send apps and games among your friends without the help of any third party app.


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