Early this month, Google started launching a new feature called ( Nearby Share ), which allows users of the Android and Chrome OS operating systems to easily share files, photos, videos and links with people around them while maintaining privacy.
The proximity sharing feature works only with phones running Android 6 or later, and is currently available for a select group of (Google Pixel) phones, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy, but Google says: Because the feature is considered part of ( Google services ) Play ), you don't need to wait for an OS update from the manufacturer to get it. Rather, most phones will get them within the next few weeks.
Now when you want to share anything with someone near you through your Android phone; You can use the nearby sharing feature that searches for nearby devices, and then automatically chooses the best protocol for fast and easy sharing to use based on what you send and what your connection looks like. For example: You will use the (peer-to-peer) network if you are completely offline, or other sharing protocols that include: Bluetooth, DLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), Hotspot or WebRTC, and more.
But there is a setting within the settings of the nearby sharing feature that provides the ability to use data when sharing small files, however, through the settings, you can set the use of a network connection (Wi-Fi) instead of using mobile data, if you want to preserve your internet package.
Here's how to prevent Android's Close Share feature from using mobile data:
- Go to the settings on your Android phone.
- Open the (Settings) app.
- Scroll down to the Google option, then click on it.
- Click on the option (Device connections).
- Click on the Nearby Share option, and if this option is not present, it is likely that the feature has not reached your phone yet.
- Click on the option (data) Data. You will see 3 file sharing options: Data, Wi-Fi only, or Without internet. Select the option (Wi-Fi only) to share files.
- And if you want to use the feature without an internet connection at all, you can select the third option (Without Internet), in which case the Android devices participating in the file transfer will be forced to communicate with each other directly via the P2P protocol.