Using Nearby Sharing on my Samsung Device

Last Update date : Mar 14. 2023

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 Long press the file you would like to share
Long press image to select
3 Tap on Share
Tap on Share
4 Select Nearby Sharing icon Nearby Sharing
Select Nearby Share
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 Receiving device name
Tap on Receiving 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 have been shared to your receiving Galaxy device, you will be able to access the file from the My Files app or the specific app it was originally stored in
Viewing image in Gallery app
Change Device Visibility
1 Swipe down on your screen to access your Quick Panel and long press Nearby Share
long press Nearby Share
2 Tap on the Nearby Share settings
Tap on the cogwheel
3 Select Device visibility
Tap on Device visibility
4 Choose your preferred Device visibility setting
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 require further assistance, please consult the user manual from our Manuals & Downloads page or contact our Samsung Care Australia experts on 1300 362 603 (Toll Free in Australia). You can also contact our Chat Support team or reach us through Samsung Members Community.

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