Share your files

To share files without using mobile data or connecting to Wi-Fi, you can use peer to peer (P2P) sharing with Files by Google. This feature lets you send and receive files and apps on your device with nearby Files by Google users.

Note: Only share files that you're legally allowed to share. Read our Terms of Service and user policies for more information.

Share files with people nearby

To share files with people nearby, all users must have the Files by Google app. If you haven't already, get the app from the Play Store.

Files by Google requires the following permissions:

  • Location: Allows the app to find your friends nearby using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • Device call management: Allows the app to make sure your carrier supports a local Wi-Fi hotspot, which is used for high-speed file transfer
  • Storage: Allows Files by Google to access your device’s storage so the app can manage files

How to send files or apps

To send files or apps using Files by Google, follow these steps:

  1. On your Android device, open Files by Google Files Go.
  2. On the bottom right, tap the "Share" tab Share.
  3. Tap Send.
    1. If Files by Google asks for permissions, tap Allow.
    2. If you’re using Files by Google for the first time, follow the instructions on the screen.
    3. If you don’t have a username yet, follow the prompts to create one. Your username is displayed to other users so that they can find your device.
  4. Ask the person you want to share with to follow steps 1–3 in the "How to receive files or apps" section. The recipient’s name appears on your screen.
        Note: This step can take up to a minute.
  5. Tap the person’s name.
  6. Tap a category to see files from that category.
  7. Tap the files or apps that you want to share.
  8. Tap Send.
  9. To disconnect, tap Back Back.

How to receive files or apps

To receive files or apps using Files by Google, follow these steps:

  1. On your Android device, open Files by Google Files Go.
  2. On the bottom right, tap the "Share" tab Share.
  3. Tap Receive.
    1. If this is your first time using Files by Google, accept the permission requests.
    2. If you haven’t set up your username, follow the prompts to create one.
  4. After the sender taps your name, you’re asked to accept the connection. Tap Connect.
  5. Wait for your friend to send you files. When the files show up on your screen, tap to open them.
  6. Optional: To send a file or app to the sender, tap Send more files.
  7. To disconnect, tap Back Back.
  8. To view files, go to the “Browse” tab Browse, choose a category, and tap Received files.

More about sending and receiving files or apps

Here is some important information to keep in mind while using Files by Google:

  • The person you want to share with can decline your connection request.
  • Your username is shown when you share or receive a file with someone.
  • While you’re connected, the person you’re sharing with can also send files or apps to you.
  • Files by Google automatically turns on Bluetooth when you send or receive files.
  • Files by Google uses an encrypted connection to protect your private data.
  • You can choose to decline a connection request.

How to share files with people anywhere

You can share files and apps from your device with people anywhere. To share this way, you must be connected to the internet.

  1. On your Android device, open Files by Google Files Go.
  2. Open the "Browse" tab Browse.
  3. Tap a category to see files from that category.
  4. Tap the Down arrowDown Arrownext to the file that you want to share.
    1. If you don’t see the down arrow, tap the List icon at the top right to change views.
  5. Tap Share. A list of apps displays.
  6. From the list of apps, tap an option. 
  7. Use the app to share your file.

Troubleshooting

You may need to resolve issues while sharing files. Depending on the issue, follow the steps below:

EXPAND ALL  COLLAPSE ALL

You’re having trouble sending or receiving files

If you’re not able to connect after 1 minute, try the following steps:

  1. Bring your devices closer together.
  2. Make sure the location setting is turned on.
  3. Cancel the connection. Turn airplane mode on, then off. Try connecting again.
  4. Ask the other person to send a file to you. If you get it, send them something in the same session.
The person’s name doesn't show up

If you’re trying to share files with someone and their name doesn’t show up after 1 minute, double check that:

You want to change your username
  1. On your Android device, open Files by Google Files Go.
  2. Tap Menu Menu 
  3. Tap Settings Settings.
  4. Tap Your name.
  5. Enter your name. 
  6. Tap Save.
Was this helpful?
How can we improve it?