Google Play Store now lets you share apps with nearby Android devices

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First announced officially by Google back in December, Google Play Store is rolling out a new feature to let you share apps with nearby Android devices using the Nearby Share feature. 

According to 9to5Google, you need to have a version 24.0 or higher of the Google Play Store in order to use the new functionality.

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In order to enable app sharing with Nearby Sharing:

  • Tap the three-line menu button in the top corner on the Google Play Store, 
  • Navigate to “My apps & games” 
  • Tap the “Share” tab along the top (wait a few minutes to see the tab)
  • Tap the Send button to share apps and tap Receive to receive 
  • Tap Continue on the Send apps screen
  • Select apps on the next screen 
  • Hit the green triangle in the top-right when complete selecting
  • Search for and select a recipient

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Once the two devices are connected by Nearby Share, both users can be sender or recipient. A “Send apps” button allows the recipient to do just that, while the sender will see a “Send more apps” option instead.

Written by Maya Robertson

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