AirDropping is a common pastime for my iPhone-using buddies while I’m in their company. My friends tell me that “AirDrop” is a perk of owning an iPhone.
A buddy of mine who uses Android said the exact same thing to me lately when they wanted to email me something. That’s when I learned how many Android phone owners are unaware of the existence of an AirDrop option.
Since discovering Nearby Share, I’ve been able to transfer files across Android devices with ease and recommend it to everyone with an Android phone.
Welcome to the world of Android Be-…oh, wait…
Android Beam, a tool that utilised NFC to send data between devices on Android phones, is no longer available.
To make advantage of this feature, you simply shared a file in the usual manner and then held your phone directly in front of the recipient.
AirDrop wasn’t an option here since you had to rub the phones together like two dolls attempting to make love. Many Android users have never even heard of this capability before.
Android Beam was discontinued by Google in 2020, in favour of something more convenient.
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Similar to AirDrop, Nearby Share allows you to send files, photographs, and links to other Android devices in your immediate vicinity (though apparently Chromebooks will get support soon too).
Because of this, you don’t have to touch your phones together or utilise a separate app to transmit files. Easy!
For whatever reason, I didn’t know about Nearby Share. I figured Android Beam had been deleted since most people now use email and online storage to transfer items. Then then, there’s Nearby Share, which is simple to utilise.
One of the best ways I learned about Nearby Share was when someone wanted to send me something I didn’t know about. They may Nearby Share them to me without of asking for my email or phone number. It couldn’t be easier.
What is Nearby Share and how does it work?
When I noticed how visible the Nearby Share button was, I felt a little dumb for having overlooked it.
If you’re running a fork of Android that differs somewhat from the stock version, tap the ‘Share’ button (the one that looks like this: ) and then ‘Nearby Share,’ to begin using the app.
You’ll be able to transmit the files to any nearby phones that have the capability.
Despite the fact that this is a little slower than AirDrop, I’m happy to have the ability to transmit files to a much broader audience since Android is more popular than iOS.
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