Interact with what’s around you

You can find and interact with services close to you, within about 30 m or 100 ft, using Nearby.

  • On your phone, you can do actions like order in a cafe or find items in a store.
  • On your own phones, you and your friends can do actions like play games or work together in apps.
Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn notifications on or off

The first few times you get a Nearby notification, you'll see a shortcut to turn off notifications. To turn them off:

  1. Tap the notification.
  2. Tap Notify you when links are available.

If you turn off notifications, you can still see available Nearby interactions in your Settings app. You can choose which notifications to get.

Turn off all notifications about places or links
  1. Open your phone’s Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Google and then Nearby and then Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Notification categories," tap a category.
  4. Turn that notification type on or off.
Turn off notifications from a specific place
  1. Go to the physical location that’s sending you notifications.
  2. On your phone, make sure Bluetooth and Location are turned on.
  3. Open your phone’s Settings app Settings app.
  4. Tap Google and then Nearby.
  5. On the list, touch and hold the name of the location.
  6. At the top, tap Mute or Unmute.
Turn off notifications from an app
  1. Open your phone’s Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Google and then Nearby and then Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Using Nearby," choose an app.

Note: If you don't let an app use Nearby, it will still work on your phone.

Interact with places close to you

Interact with places near you

When you’re close to a place that can share apps or websites with you:

If you have notifications turned on

  1. You’ll get a notification of what you can do at that place.
  2. Tap the notification.

If you have notifications turned off

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Google and then Nearby.
  3. Tap a card.
Connect with apps & people near you

When you open an app that works with Nearby, and you’re near someone who has the same app open, your phones will ask if you'd like to connect with each other.

To check which apps work with Nearby:

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Google and then Nearby and then Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Using Nearby," you’ll see the list of apps.

How Nearby works

Nearby can use small amounts of Wi-Fi or mobile data to connect to Google and get info about broadcasts or shared apps.

Nearby doesn’t track, monitor, or send personal info from your phone.

  • Nearby broadcasts are one-way, like over-the-air TV or radio. Services that send Nearby signals don’t detect or get data from your phone.
  • When you give permission, apps that work with Nearby share with each other using remote servers. The sharing devices don’t connect directly.

Troubleshoot problems

Check that you're at a place that works with Nearby

Check that you're close enough

Nearby works within about 30 m, or 100 ft, of participating places.

Check that the place works with Nearby

  • Check that you have Nearby turned on. Learn how to turn on Nearby (above).
  • In your phone’s Settings app Settings app and then Google and then Nearby, tap Refresh Reload.
  • Try again later or in another place. Some places don’t work with Nearby.
Check settings & connectivity

Check Bluetooth & Location settings

To get Nearby notifications or listings, you’ll need Bluetooth and Location turned on.

If you let an app use Nearby, and Bluetooth or Location are off, your phone will ask you to turn them on.

Check Wi-Fi or mobile connection

To see options from Nearby, make sure your phone is connected to the internet.

Learn how to check your Wi-Fi network or mobile network connection.

Check for same shared app

To collaborate with others on apps that work with Nearby, make sure everyone has the same app on their phones.

Apps can use Nearby in many ways. For more info, learn how to contact the app's developer.

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