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Google testing group sharing for Nearby Share

Google is also testing sharing with “everyone” via Nearby Share. 

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Google finally launched Nearby Share last year, the AirDrop alternative for Android users. It has since been updating the tool with new features. Google is now working on the ability to share files with multiple people at once using Nearby Share.

Two new features for Nearby Share have been spotted by XDA Developers. Google is adding the option to enable Nearby Share for “everyone”. At present, Google lets you keep Nearby Share hidden or share it with only your contacts. There’s now an option to share it with everyone. This is turned on by default for AirDrop which makes it possible to share files with anyone nearby.

XDA pointed out a difference though which is Nearby Share will automatically move everyone to contacts after five minutes. Google didn’t introduce this in the first place citing privacy risks so it’s still offering a workaround now.

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Google finally launched Nearby Share last year, the AirDrop alternative for Android users. It has since been updating the tool with new features. Google is now working on the ability to share files with multiple people at once using Nearby Share.

Two new features for Nearby Share have been spotted by XDA Developers. Google is adding the option to enable Nearby Share for “everyone”. At present, Google lets you keep Nearby Share hidden or share it with only your contacts. There’s now an option to share it with everyone. This is turned on by default for AirDrop which makes it possible to share files with anyone nearby.

XDA pointed out a difference though which is Nearby Share will automatically move everyone to contacts after five minutes. Google didn’t introduce this in the first place citing privacy risks so it’s still offering a workaround now.

Nearby Share is also getting support for group sharing. Based on their tests, Google is allowing users to share files with up to four devices at once. But this feature isn’t working properly yet as it fails when you try to connect to two devices at the same time, XDA added. Since this is still in testing mode, the feature may not be ready yet.|#+|

Both features are currently being tested, and there’s no word on when Google will make them available to users. It recently added support for sharing Wi-Fi passwords via Nearby Share. This is however, available only on Android 12 devices for now.

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