Share files or apps with Nearby Share

You can send and receive files or apps with Android devices near you.

Important: This feature may not yet work in your region. You may still find this sharing flow even if you have the latest version of the app. This feature is available for Android 6.0 and above. Learn how to check your Android version.

If the app mentions it’s “Powered by Nearby Share,” you’re on the latest version of the app and in a region that allows Nearby Share. Here’s what it looks like:

Turn on Nearby Share
  1. On your Android device, open Files by Google Files Go.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. Scroll to Nearby Share .
  4. Turn on Nearby Share.

Send files or apps

Important: In order for the recipient to get your file or app, your recipient's device must be running the latest version of Files by Google that includes Nearby Share. The recipient must accept the file or app you send.
  1. On your Android device, open Files by Google Files Go.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Share Share.
  3. Tap Send .
  4. Select the files or apps you want to share.
    • You can share up to 500 files. When you reach the maximum number of files to share, you’re notified.
  5. At the bottom, tap Send .
    • A Nearby Share half sheet pops up where you can find Android devices near you.
  6. Select the person you want to share files with.
  7. After the files or apps are transferred, you’ll be redirected to the “Share” tab.

Receive files or apps

Important: To receive files or apps, your device must be running the latest version of Files by Google that includes Nearby Share. You must accept the file or app sent to you. If you haven’t already, turn Nearby Share on.

You can choose to be found by everyone, contacts, or hidden. You can also enter your name and profile picture.

  1. On your Android device, open Files by Google Files Go.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Share Share.
  3. Tap Receive .
    • A Nearby Share half sheet pops up with the files or apps shared with you.
  4. Tap Accept.
    • To delete all files transferred, tap Cancel.
  5. After the transfer is complete, to find the files received, tap Browse and then Downloads.
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