- Google Play has introduced the quality to share apps with nearby devices.
- How to get started with Nearby sharing?
- A list of Apps that cannot be sent via Nearby sharing.
Google has been working on Nearby sharing, for over a year, a handy way to share things like contacts, files and more with nearby Android devices. Now, Google Play Store has introduced a perfect way for Android users to share Apps and updates between devices, according to 9to5Google report.
Play Store is now rolling out the quality of being able to share apps with nearby devices. To enjoy this new feature, one needs to be on version 24.0 or newer of the Google Play Store.
Furthermore, according to the report, “to get started with Nearby Sharing, open the Google Play Store, tap the three-line menu button in the top corner, then tap, “My Apps & games”. On this page, you should see a handful of tabs along the top, one of which should say “Share”. If you don’t see the Share tab, try waiting a few minutes, as we found it can take a bit of time for the Play Store to enable the feature after update”.
Also, Play Store’s new share Tab has two options ‘share’ or ‘receive’ a particular Play Store App. Nearby Sharing requires access to one’s location to connect with the nearby device. If one chooses to send, the system provides a list of apps which are ready to be sent. On the other hand, according to 9to5Google report, not all apps can be sent via Nearby sharing. For instance, Nearby Sharing is unable to share the Stadia app ( Google’s gaming platform that lets you instantly play video Games on compatible screens you already own) from one device to another. In other words, the Applications that one has paid for, sideloaded, or are not publicly available in the Play Store cannot be shared with a nearby device.
Moreover, after marking all the applications that one needs to send, the receiving device should be ready, whether a friend or family member’s device. Once the receiver press the “Receive” button the pairing request will pop up and the pairing code will appear to both devices to ensure no one has hijacked the session. Once paired, the sharing begins, and the process is incredibly fast better than many home internet connections, according to 9to5Google report.