Do you have an NFC supported device?
I know you aren’t excited about the same maybe because Android Pay or Samsung Pay isn’t available in your country. But have you ever thought of making another good use Near Field Communication aka NFC?
Then, this could be it; Android Beam! It is a short-range sharing channel via NFC, using which you can transfer web page, YouTube link, image, music or anything. Sadly, you can’t find it on Android versions less than 4.0. So make sure that your Android version is updated at least to 5.0, to be precise!
So, you now know what Android Beam is. Now it’s time to get into the core.
How to Use Android Beam (NFC) for Transferring Files Wirelessly?
If you don’t like using third-party apps for faster file transfer, you will love this feature as it comes preinstalled.
But before you go deep into the process, make sure your phone supports NFC. In order ensure it, you have to access Settings → Wireless and Networks. You can see NFC option. In case you can’t, just forget Android Beam at least to work on that particular device.
Then, you can move on to the following steps.
Step #1. First, you have to enable NFC. Don’t forget to go through this step. Or else, you will end up being disappointed. Visit Settings → Wireless and Networks and, you can see NFC there (the options vary according to smartphone manufacturers).
Step #2. So, you have enabled NFC on your phone. Say you want to share what is on your screen at a particular instance (video, image or a website). You have to position both the Android phones back to back in a way that the NFC chips come close. When you place them right, a beep sound will be heard.
Step #3. At the time you hear the sound the screen of the device will shrink with a ‘Touch to Beam’ option on the top. Don’t wait to tap the same. There you go!
Once the transfer is completed (based on the file size), you can see a notification.
What if you have to share something from an app, not something on the screen? Well, you can follow the procedure given below for that.
N.B. – Ensure your device has Android 5.0 or higher.
Step #1. Open the app you want to share Image or content from. Let’s say it is the file manager.
Step #2. Select the file you want to transfer. You can see a more options button (mostly a button of three vertical dots) around the top right corner. Just tap on the same.
Step #3. Select Share from the menu so that, you can see a list of apps. Don’t you see Android Beam there? Just tap on it and place your devices back to back for establishing the connection.
I hope you know how to share content via Android Beam now.
As you just read, it’s not a big deal with an NFC supported Android phone, having Android 4.0+ (5.0+ is preferred).