Most Android users should be familiar with Nearby Share and how convenient it is. While it’s quick and easy to send files using the technology, Google is looking to make it even more convenient. Nearby Share will let you share files to your devices without needing to accept them.
In case you don’t know, Nearby Share is Android’s answer to Apple AirDrop. It lets you send files from one device to another with just a few taps. You don’t have to dig into the Bluetooth settings and pair devices. This has been a feature in Android since 2020, and it’s become a preferred method of sharing files.
Nearby Share will let you send files to your devices without needing to accept it
Nearby Share is great, but there’s a small bump in the road: the receiving end needs to accept the file before it can be sent. Now, there’s a good reason for that. You don’t want a random person to send you a file out of nowhere without your permission.
However, this security measure can be a bit of an annoyance if you often send files between your devices. Having to go back and forth between the devices to accept the file is tedious. You don’t really need to give consent to send a file to yourself on your own devices.
Thankfully, Google is going to release an update to let Nearby Share automatically send files to other devices. According to Android Authority, Google is going to release the update to the feature over the next couple of weeks.
For those concerned about this news, don’t worry, only devices with your Google account logged in will be able to automatically receive documents. If you’re sending a file to a device you don’t own, they will still need to accept it.
Also, this is a feature that you will need to actually opt-in to. This way, the software won’t automatically accept your files without your permission. If you want to know how to use this feature, here’s our guide.