Google’s Nearby Share is trying to become as good as AirDrop


  • Nearby Share may soon receive “Self Share” feature
  • It will allow file sharing between devices without approval
  • Google may announce the Self Share feature at the upcoming I/O 2022 event

Google’s Nearby Share lets Android and Chromebook users share files with other devices without uploading them to Google Drive or attaching them in an email. New information reveals that the Nearby Share will have a new “Self Share” mode, which will let users conveniently send files between their own devices without the need to approve the share.

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When a file is shared through Nearby Share, it shows options like Accept or Deny, protecting the user from malicious attacks or exploits. However, the additional security step can be annoying when a user wants to share files between their own devices. Self Share mode allows you to share files between devices that are signed in to the same Google account.

Google Nearby Share may soon receive Self Share mode


Google Nearby Share Self Share mode-

Google’s Nearby Share may soon receive Self Share mode feature | Image by Esper’s Mishal Rahman

The new Self Share mode was first spotted by Esper’s Mishaal Rahman in the latest version of Google Play Services. Hence, it is not available for all users at present. As shown in the screengrab above, the “Devices visibility” section in the settings page of Nearby Share will show a new option called “Your devices.”

Tapping on “Your devices” will make it possible for users to share files between their devices with the same Google account. Since it will not show any prompt to Accept or Deny the transfer, files will be downloaded on the other devices automatically.

It is unclear when Google will roll out the Self Share mode to all users. Since it will be a major upgrade to Nearby Share, Google may showcase it at the I/O 2022 developers conference, which is scheduled to take place on May 11th, 2022. Speaking of the Google I/O event, the company is expected to make announcements about the Android 13 operating system as well as reveal the Google Pixel 6a mid-range phone.


Anvinraj Valiyathara

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