Interact with apps & people around you

You can use your phone to find and interact with people close by. For example, you and your friends can do things like play games or work together in apps that work with Nearby.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

What you need

To interact with other people:

  • You must be within 30 m or 100 ft from them.
  • Both you and the people you’d like to interact with must have the same app. 
  • The app you’d like to collaborate in must work with Nearby.

Check which apps work with Nearby

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Privacy And then Privacy dashboard And then See other permissions.
  3. Tap Nearby devices.
  4. To turn off Nearby notifications from an app, tap the app. Then, under "Nearby devices access for this app," tap Don't allow.

Tip: If you turn off an app’s Nearby notifications, the app will still work on your phone.

Troubleshoot: Check settings & connectivity

Bluetooth & Location

To get Nearby notifications, make sure Bluetooth and Location are turned on. 

Check Wi-Fi or mobile connection
To get Nearby notifications, make sure your phone is connected to the internet. Check that your phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network or mobile network.

How Nearby works

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

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

Nearby doesn’t track, monitor, or send personal info from your phone. When you give permission, apps that work with Nearby share with each other via remote servers. The sharing devices don’t connect directly.

Tip: To learn how a specific app uses Nearby, contact the app's developer.

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