WhatsApp Appears To Be Working on a New People Nearby Feature For Sharing Files 

WhatsApp has been constantly looking to provide a better and more convenient experience to its users. In a similar vein, this instant messaging application is currently working on a new feature that will significantly allow users to transfer and share files with people nearby. 

People Nearby feature: allowing users to share their files, documents and other media to the nearby connected devices

According to the reports shared by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new file-sharing feature with nearby people, as spotted with the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update. With this update, users will easily be able to share their files with nearby people, which will enhance the transfer of some specific files to nearby devices. 

Meanwhile, users will be able to access the nearby share section within the app’s settings; while using the new people nearby sharing feature, the device will be required to access all the photos, files and other media that are stored in order to facilitate transfer them through WhatsApp to another device. Users will receive a prompt to grant access to the app in order to detect and connect to other devices on their local network, as it will not be using the data connection. Also, users will have complete control over their privacy, whether they want to be visible to the other nearby devices or not. 

Moreover, users will have to grant the location permission in order to identify, connect to and determine the exact location of the other nearby devices. However, it’s important to note that WhatsApp will allow users to change this permission setting at any time by heading to their device’s settings. Through this feature, those users will benefit from sharing their files, documents and media, especially the larger files without any internet connectivity, who are residing in areas with very limited or unstable internet connection.

As this new people-nearby sharing feature is currently under development, many factors lead to its uncertainty. Whether this feature is released or not is up to WhatsApp. 


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Shazia Irani

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