After announcing app sharing via Nearby Share from Google Play Store last December, Google has now started rolling out the feature to Android devices. In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can use the feature to seamlessly send apps between devices.

Send and receive apps via Nearby Share

It should be noted that Sharing near the Play Store only works for apps you installed from Google Play. Apps you’ve downloaded from other sources won’t show up here. Also, the feature only shares the app and not the data files. So, if you plan to transfer games, you can use one of the other file transfer apps or use Nearby Share outside of the Play Store to do so.

Steps to Transfer Apps from Play Store

1. Open Google Play Store, tap the hamburger menu in the upper left corner and choose “My applications and games”.

2. Switch to the Share tab in the My Apps & Games section. From here, press send and grant the necessary permissions if you haven’t already. If you don’t see the Share tab, make sure your Google Play Store app is updated to the latest version. You can check for updates from Settings -> Play Store Version.

3. Choose the application (or applications) you want to share from the list of applications and press the Send button to start the sharing process. Open the Share tab on the recipient’s phone and click on “Receive” to receive these applications. Once you press Receive, the device appears on the receiver selection page.

4. Shortly after tapping on the device name of the receiver, you will see a pairing code on both phones. If the code matches, tap Receive from receiver device to confirm the transfer of the application.

5. The sharing process now starts. You can install the new app using the Install button. If you have received multiple apps, you can use the “Install All” button to install them all.

6. You can send more apps using the “Send more apps” button. Once you are done sharing the apps, press the Disconnect button to complete the transfer.

Send apps from the Play Store

This is how you can use sending and receiving apps from the Play Store. The only downside to this feature is that it doesn’t bring the data files, but it should be useful if you’re looking for a way to quickly transfer essential apps from one device to another. For more such tips, check out our article on Google Play tips and tricks.