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Sharing links, files and photos on Android phones is about to get a lot easier. Google launches its Nearby sharing tool, which lets you share content between local devices without copying and pasting links or exchanging contact information. Nearby Sharing is available on select Pixel and Samsung phones today and will arrive on other devices (including Chromebooks) in the coming weeks.
Nearby sharing is Android’s answer to Apple’s AirDrop tool. You can access it from the Quick Settings drop-down menu on your phone or from the Share overflow in your photo viewer or browser. Nearby Sharing shows you a list of all nearby devices that you can send content to, even if you’re offline. You have the option to accept or decline files sent to you via Nearby Sharing.
Google says nearby sharing has “privacy at heart” because it allows users to send and receive files without exchanging contact details. That’s good, but in some situations you don’t want photos of strangers. To adjust your device’s visibility and hide your phone from strangers (or a handful of unsavory contacts), simply pull down the Quick Settings menu, hold down the Nearby Share button, and choose the privacy settings that suit you.
You don’t need to update your device or download apps to use nearby sharing. At the moment, the tool only works with certain Pixel and Samsung devices, but it will eventually land on all devices running Android 6.0+ or Chrome OS. And in case you’re wondering, Nearby Sharing doesn’t work with iOS.