How to Enable Nearby Share on Google Pixel 7

This post will walk you through activating an Android 13 feature on the Pixel 7 that allows you to share files and links with other nearby Android devices using Bluetooth connectivity.  Here’s a quick guide to enable Nearby Share on the Google Pixel 7 smartphone.

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Time Needed : 3 minutes

Nearby Share is an Android feature that lets you immediately send and receive files from devices that are close to your location. This is made possible with an active Bluetooth connection.

In order to utilize this file sharing feature, you will need to enable the Nearby Share feature on your phone beforehand. And here’s how it’s done on the new Google Pixel 7 smartphone.

  1. To get started, open the Settings app menu by tapping on the gear icon from the Apps tray.

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    To access the Apps tray on your Pixel 7, simply swipe your finger up from the bottom of the Home screen.

  2. In the Settings app menu, tap Connected devices.

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    Doing so launches another menu with a list of all connected devices and relevant options.

  3. Find Connection preferences then tap on it to proceed.

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    Different types of connectivity features will load up on the next display.

  4. Tap Nearby Share from the given options to proceed.

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    The Nearby share menu opens next. Here, you will see the main toggle to turn the feature on or off.

  5. To enable and use the feature, tap to turn the Use Nearby Share switch ON. When the switch turns on, it becomes highlighted.

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    By then you can start configuring Nearby share options to make it work according to your preferences.

  6. If you want, you can rename your device to make it easier for your contacts to identify it.

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    To do this, simply tap Device name then enter the new name that you’d like to assign to your Pixel 7.

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There is also an option for you to Manage Device visibility so that you can specify who can share files with you. Data preferences can also be configured so that you can choose which type of connection to use when sending small files 

Also ensure that the option to Show notification when devices are sharing nearby is enabled so that you’ll receive notifications tied to nearby sharing.

All Set to Use Nearby Share!

Once you’ve got Nearby Share activated on your device settings, you can start sharing files with other Android devices or contacts nearby. 

  • To instigate file sharing via Nearby share, open the content or link that you’d like to share then tap the Share icon. 
  • Select Nearby share from the given file sharing options then hold your Pixel phone and the other device close to each other. 
  • Navigate to the Looking for nearby devices section then tap to select the device that you’d like to share the file/link with. Wait for the content/link to be sent then tap Done.

To get or receive a content or website link shared by someone via Nearby share, open the notification about the shared content then tap Accept.

And that’s you to activate Nearby share on the Google Pixel 7 for immediate file and link transfers with other Android devices within reach.

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