Google Play Store can now share apps w/ nearby devices

Bill Mount

For over a year now, Google has been hard at work on Nearby Sharing, a handy way to share things like files, contacts, and more with nearby Android devices — and Chrome. Today, the Google Play Store now offers the best example of Nearby Sharing, allowing you to share apps […]

For over a year now, Google has been hard at work on Nearby Sharing, a handy way to share things like files, contacts, and more with nearby Android devices — and Chrome. Today, the Google Play Store now offers the best example of Nearby Sharing, allowing you to share apps and updates between devices.

As first spotted by our APK Insight team in September, then made official by Google in December, the Play Store is now rolling out the ability to share apps with nearby Android devices. In order to take advantage of the new functionality, it seems you need to be on version 24.0 or newer of the Google Play Store.

To get started with Nearby Sharing, open the Google Play Store, tap the three-line menu button in the top corner, then tap “My apps & games.” On this page, you should see a handful of tabs along the top, one of which should say “Share.” If you don’t see the Share tab, try waiting a few minutes, as we found it can take a bit of time for the Play Store to enable the feature after the update.

On the Play Store’s new Share tab, you have the option to let your device either “Send” or “Receive” a particular Play Store app. Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll need to give the Play Store access to your location, which is used to determine which devices are nearby for sharing.

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