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Google Nearby Share May Allow Sending Files to Multiple People at Once

Google is reportedly working on increasing the usefulness of its nearby sharing feature for Android smartphones. Previously, the feature allowed Android users to share files and links with their contacts (on Android device) only. With a new update, users can now share files with multiple Android users around them at the same time. This setting is optional and allows you to share data as long as the screen is unlocked. The nearby sharing feature was launched by Google in August 2020 and works similarly to Apple’s AirDrop.

According to a 9to5Google report, Google plans to expand the visibility of Share Nearby by including an Everyone option. It will detect any Android device and will be able to share any type of files, links and / or media with them. The new setting replaces the All Contacts setting which is now a toggle in the Contacts setting. Apart from Everyone, the quick settings icon will also show you visibility options for contacts and hidden ones. This context menu appears by pressing the quick settings icon which allows the user to select the aforementioned visibility settings. Nearby sharing also has a temporary mode, in which after five minutes the setting reverts from the Everyone setting to the Contacts setting.

The report also mentioned that the nearby sharing feature will not be able to share media with other devices at the same time, but will do so successively.

Gadgets 360 could not verify the new settings on Android phones. It is possible that the update will be rolled out in several phases and it may take some time to reach all users.

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