Using Nearby Sharing on my Samsung Device

Last Update date : Oct 07. 2020

Want to easily share content from your Galaxy devices without having to uninstall any extra third party applications? Use Nearby Sharing - simply enable your Bluetooth, Location and Wi-Fi settings on both devices to quickly photos, videos, documents and even links. Follow the below guide for step by step instructions.

Please Note: This guide is designed for Australian variant Galaxy devices, if you have an international device and require further support click here to get in touch with your Samsung subsidiary. This setting is only available on Galaxy devices operating on Android OS Version 10.0 (Q).

1 Launch the app the file is stored - this can include the My Files app, Voice Recorder, Gallery, Contacts and even the Samsung Notes app
Launch the Gallery app
2 Locate and select the file you would like to share
Locate and select the file you would like to share
3 Tap on Share icon Share
Tap on Share
4 Select Nearby Sharing icon Nearby Sharing
Select Nearby Sharing
5 On the receiving device a popup message should appear on the top of the screen, tap on the notification to become visible to the sending device
Tap on Popup message on recieving device

If this popup message doesn't appear, you can alternatively swipe down to access your Quick Panel > Tap on Nearby Share or head into your Settings Google Device Connections > Nearby Share > Toggle on.

6 Select the recieving device name
Tap on Recieving device name
7 A secure connection ID will then be sent between your Galaxy devices. Ensure you Accept the connection on the receiving device to start sharing files.
Tap Accept on the recieving device to start sharing files
8 Once the files has been shared to your recieving Galaxy device, you will be able to access the file from the My Files app or the specific app it was orginally stored in
Viewing sent file on recieving device
Change Device Visibility
1 Swipe down on your screen to access your Quick Panel and tap on Nearby Share
Tap on Nearby Sharing
2 Tap on Profile icon to access your Nearby Share settings
Tap on Google accouunt profile
3 Select Device visibility
Tap on Device visibility
4 Choose your preferred Device visibility setting then tap on Save to apply changes
Choose preferred Device Visibility setting then tap on Save

If you have having issues sharing content via Nearby Share there are a few troubleshooting steps to try. Follow the below for more information.

1 Check that both devices have enabled the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi & Location settings.
2 Bring both devices close together (within 30cm from each other)
3 Turn Flight mode on then off.
4 Try Restarting both devices.
5 Check that your device is operating on the most latest Android software version.

If you have tried the above steps but still having issues Nearby Sharing, you can reach out to us via Chat Support or Call us (Toll free in Australia) on 1300 362 603 for further support. Alternatively, you can also reach out to us through the Samsung Members app, check out our guide Using Samsung Members to learn how to raise an Error Report.

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