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What is the Android Beam and how to use it?

Through NFC, you can transfer data - and you can not even guess about it! For this, there is an Android Beam feature. We will tell about it in this text.

If you are 25 years old or more, you probably remember that wonderful time when the data from the phone to the phone was transmitted via infrared and for a premature disconnection you could run into a quarrel. Now there are a huge number of ways to share a photo or a track you like, but some of them use the same principle - in particular, the Android Beam. To exchange data through this function, you have to bring smartphones close to each other.


What is the Android Beam?

Android Beam is a feature that allows you to use NFC not only to pay for goods in stores, but also to transfer information. It's like Bluetooth, only much faster. To throw a photo or track on Bluetooth, you have to look for a toggle switch to activate the option for a long time, then wait for pairing. With Android Bim, it’s enough to bring one device to another and confirm that you want to share information - the file you sent will be displayed immediately on the screen of the potential recipient. True, it is important that NFC is enabled on both devices.

The first Android Beam feature got Google Nexus , released back in 2011.

How do I know if there is an Android Beam on my phone?

Checkout is pretty easy. Go to the “ Settings ” of the smartphone and in the “ Wireless Networks ” block, select the “ More ” option.

If the options are NFC, then Android Beam will surely be lower. True, this item will remain dark until the NFC module is activated.

Curiously, Android Bim uses Bluetooth to transfer data - NFC is only responsible for the connection. If the data were transmitted over NFC, it would take a lot of time. So the Android Beam actually uses 2 modules at once and takes the best from each of them.

How to use Android Beam?

Android Beam allows you to transfer any type of content: videos, web pages, routes on the map, contacts, photos - and do it without unnecessary manipulation and clicks.

Suppose you find an interesting article on the Internet and want your friend to read it too. In this case, you can share the web page. Act like this:

  • Make sure that NFC is enabled on your phone.
  • Bring your phone to a friend's phone so that there will be no more than 10 centimeters between two gadgets.
  • On the screen of your smartphone will be an offer to share data. Just confirm - and the sent web page will appear on the screen of your friend's gadget.

The screens of both devices must be unlocked, otherwise data transfer will fail.

S Beam - the same as the Android Beam?

These are different things, although the principle of operation is the same. Just S Beam is found only on Samsung , and Android Beam - on devices of any brand. So you can transfer data from non-Samsung to Samsung only with the help of Android Beam, and from Samsung to Samsung - in any of two ways.

Summing up

Android Beam is perhaps one of the most undervalued features of the green robot. It has been present on smartphones with NFC since 2011, but many users still do not understand the benefits of it - and continue to “conjure” with cloud storages and email accounts when transferring data. Android Beam - a kind of combination of Bluetooth and NFC, allowing you to "transfer" the file from one smartphone to another in just a second. On phones without NFC, alas, there is no similar option - “mere mortals” have to do with a “blue tooth”.