Introducing Nearby Share: Android’s Answer to Apple’s AirDrop

One of the best features of the Apple Ecosystem is AirDrop. AirDrop is a feature on Apple devices that allows users to share files wirelessly between nearby devices. AirDrop uses a combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to create a peer-to-peer wireless network between the devices. The file transfer is encrypted for security, and the whole process is designed to be simple and intuitive for users.

If there is one thing other operating systems users, especially Android and Windows, are envious of as far as Apple is concerned, it’s the AirDrop. Some alternatives work on Android, especially third-party solutions (including Xender), but none is as intuitive, optimised and embedded directly in the operating system as AirDrop.

It will interest you that Android has had its AirDrop equivalent, called Nearby Share, since 2020. So, you are probably asking, “Why haven’t I heard of it?” There are two reasons. One, Apple markets its features better than Google (Android) does; many features had debuted on Android more than a decade before Apple implemented them on their devices; however, with excellent marketing, Apple presents them as “innovation.” Such features include “true multitasking, and” Always on Display,” among others. Apple has only one phone brand-iPhone, so it is easy to streamline features. Still, Nearby Share isn’t popular on Android (like AirDrop on iPhone) because Android has different OEMs, and many have proprietary solutions.

Nearby Share combines Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology to send files wirelessly and securely across Android devices. To use Nearby Share on your phone:

  1. Open Settings on your Android phone
  2. Search for “Nearby Share” and tap on the toggle to enable it

Now you can send files directly between your phone and your laptop. Click here to download the Nearby Share app for your Windows laptop and seamlessly share large files between your laptop and phone.

If you have any questions or inquiries, feel free to drop them in the comment section.


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