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The death of Shareit

Death of Shareit

When Shareit came into the scene it was an absolute hit. It was able to transfer files tens of times faster than Bluetooth and not only that. On Android it meant you could now share apps! So if your WhatsApp had expired for example and all you had was a WhatsApp bundle, you could ask your friend with wifi at home and an up to date whatsapp to send this fresh new app to you via Shareit.

It was absolutely brilliant up until it became basically 80% digital billboard and 20% Shareit. You can actually miss the send and receive buttons because most of the screen real estate is just ads. And so it’s become finicky, slow and for the many price sensitive folk, an undesirable data bill.

Google’s Solution

But all these are now worries of the past and it’s all thanks to Google. Google essentially brought the old Shareit we know and love and pretty much added it automatically onto almost every Android phone.

It does the same thing. Sharing files at some really mind blowing speeds. For example, sending 500 photos which can roughly be 2GB of files can take as little as a minute. This feature is called Nearby Share and this is how you use it.

How to use Nearby Share

You go to your Android settings and search for Nearby Share. Open it and follow instructions, which is just switching on bluetooth, wifi, and location so you can see or be seen when sending or receiving stuff.

And that’s it. Now all you do is go to your gallery or file manager, select the stuff you want to share and click share. Select nearby share and it will open a little box with all the available devices near you with Nearby Share turned on.

You select the device you want to send the stuff to and this receiving device will receive a notification that asks them if they want to accept the incoming files. Just click accept and you are good to go. It’s that simple.

What about sharing Apps?

The slight drawback with Nearby Share is that you cannot send apps unless they are actual apk files in the file manager. If you want to share apps installed on your phone you then use the Google Play Store. Yes, in the Play Store you can share your installed apps and all you do is this. Open the google play store, click on your profile and select manage apps and device.

In this menu you will see towards the bottom an option written Share Apps and a button to either send or recieve. It’s using the same Nearby Share tech but perfect for sharing those apps you have installed in your phone and the best part about it is both Nearby Share and the app sharing in the Google Play Store do not use any data.

So essentially Google just developed an app to pretty much bury Shareit which is a shame. It goes to show that the experience Shareit was giving its users with a bombardment of ads was enough to get the attention of Google to create its own version of the same app.

And it’s not just Google. Other companies like Huawei also developed their own version of this called Huawei Share which again does everything Nearby Share and Shareit does but only between certain Huawei devices. The only saving grace that Shareit has is sharing files between Sndroid and iOS but that’s such a niche scenario that it won’t really be enough to pay the bills for Shareit. How the mighty have fallen. 

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15 thoughts on “The death of Shareit

  1. Yes they killed ShareIt with the ads. I hope Nearby Share has now been improved because sometimes it has issues connecting devices.

  2. Google also has similar capabilities built into their Files app. My only issue with it is it seems to share internet connectivity while the transfer is active. Learned that the hard way when my other phone took no prisoners and began backing up immediately 😂

  3. On sharing Nearby Share is just too hard to use. Sounds simple on paper but for the average user it’s a headache to get to, wait for the device you want to share to, send, set privacy settings etc. Noticed it’s also there on Windows 11,but it has never worked for me there to send from PC to Phone & vice versa.
    Samsung has a good Quick Share which is really quick and easy to use, unfortunately its only available between Samsung devices.
    Very far from Apple’s Airdrop on cross device sharing, I think.

  4. Great take, it’s certainly bulky, just as how tweeter has sort of become(loads of endless customized feeds). I’m only forced to use it, when i meet other tech unenthusiastic lads… Who are forever on the ‘shareit can only send anything’ mind trap. NB: to the author, I’m using android 10 myself, a third party apk can be shares via Bluetooth, other apps etc when long pressed.

  5. I use Shareit Lite, straight from the Playstore, no ads, no nonsense. You’re either sending or receiving with it, nothing else.

  6. Instead of using SHAREit that’s bombarded with ads, I use SHAREit lite. Available on the playstore and offers the same old SHAREit we loved.

  7. Shareit is now basically malware.
    Cancel permissions for notifications, delete cache and data. Put app to sleep. And then put the app in folder to avoid accidentally opening it.
    None of that works! Like a new spinoff to the Law and Order franchise it will pop up when you least expect it.
    I just basically surrendered on the whole Shareit thing. Nowadays I just keep the
    .APK file nd whenever I want/need to use the app I open it do what I want to do and then delete the app. It takes a bit of time, but then again I don’t get irritated thinking about how much those notifications are costing me in data.
    Maybe I will try Shareit lite
    P. S there are 9 different law and order series so far. 9! (OK some lasted for 1 season )

  8. We have x-share pre installed in our itels, via the sethings we have smart transfer which is pretty much the same anyway. I guess itel designers saw that coming too and acted as well.

  9. Mazwano kushandisa shareit dzava nharo…. There are a lot of built in apps that u can use besides shareit…. One thing that i like about nearby share, it can even send a notification on the nearby device without switching on nearby share on the recieving device

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