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Google feature of sharing Apps, links and Media Data

22 February, 2021 - By Bhanu

After the Chinese app banned in India Google working on alternative apps for banned apps in India. Google provides sharing feature now in the play store.
Google’s Nearby Share feature has been around for a while now, and it is a great way to share links, photos, and more with family and friends. This feature doesn't use the Internet, it means its works without internet you can share and don’t need the sending and receiving devices to be on the same Wi-Fi network.

Nearby share works on nearly phone sharing. Nearby Share also allows users to share apps to a nearby phone, just as fast and conveniently. Now without any third-party apps or without any separate apps users can share everything. It is an ad-free app, unlike share or Xender.

You still will not require cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity for sharing applications via Nearby Share. However, the device you are sharing needs to be in close proximity. 

Steps to share another Android phone using Google Nearby Share

Step 1: Open the Google Play Store
The Nearby Share feature is integrated within the Android operating system and doesn’t operate via a separate app. Hence, to share apps via Nearby Share, you will first have to go to the Google Play Store.

Step 2: Go to My Apps and Games/ Share
Use the hamburger menu on the top left to open the Google Play Store options. Here select My Apps and Games, the first option. In here, swipe to the right-most tab called ‘Share’.  In case you still are not able to see the Share tab here, it means you will need to wait before the feature rolls out to your phone. Note that you will have to turn on your phone’s location to use the feature.

Step 3: Choose Send/Receive
If you’re using the device that is sending the app, choose the ‘Send’ option, whereas if you’re receiving the app, choose the ‘Receive’ option.

In case you’re receiving, all you need to do beyond this step is to wait until you get the sender’s notification and accept the incoming app. Once you receive the APK file, you will be able to install it right from the same screen.

Step 4: Select the apps to send and share them
If you’re the Sender, choose the app or apps that you want to share on the next screen like shown in the image above. In the subsequent screen look for the receiver near you that you want to share the apps to.

Google’s Nearby Share also allows you to choose which contacts are able to spot your device nearby when they turn on the feature. This can be changed by navigating to your phone’s Settings app and searching for ‘Nearby Share’.  Along with device visibility, you will also be able to check what name your device will display and what picture will accompany it.

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