Near Field Communication (NFC) allows you to easily send files, apps, and information from one Android device to another, by simply touching the two devices together. The technology is astounding, but sometimes frustrating.
What happens when you want to share, say, a song between two devices? Royalties notwithstanding, you open that song up in your music player, tap two NFC-enabled devices together and what happens? You beam your music player app from one device to the other. What about the song? This file sharing method works perfectly if you're viewing, say, an image in the Gallery app. But not certain types of files.
That's where File Beam comes in handy. You can install this app from the Google Play Store. Install that app and you're almost ready to go.
Before sharing a file, enabled NFC on both the sending and receive phones. Most newer devices ship with NFC enabled, so that should be a problem. But just in case, open up Settings, tap More under Wireless and Networks, and then Tap NFC if it is disabled.
Once you've installed File Beam and have NFC turned on, you're ready to beam any kind of file that shows up with a Share option. The easiest method is to use a file manager like Astro File Manager.
- Navigate through the folder hierarchy until you find the file you want to share.
- Long-press the file and tap Share. From the resulting Share menu, tap Beam File.
- Touch the two Android devices together and you'll be prompted to tap the screen to initiate the beaming process.
- Keep the devices together until the beam is complete.
That's it! Of course, beaming standard files (such as images, contacts, and apps) is as simple as tapping to NFC-enabled devices together and tapping the sending screen to start the beam. But when you're looking to beam non-standard files, File Beam is the way to go.
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