WhatsApp might roll out its own Quick Share-style feature for file sharing soon

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp has been spotted working on its file-sharing feature similar to Android’s Quick Share, though it is currently in development and not yet ready for beta testing.
  • The new “People nearby” option will enable users to find others nearby, and users can shake their devices to view share requests.
  • The file-sharing feature will retain end-to-end encryption to ensure the security of transferred files, and user phone numbers will remain hidden from non-contacts.

WhatsApp is supposedly developing a file-sharing feature that allows users to share files when their devices are in close proximity.

According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is working on a fresh feature dubbed “People nearby.” There’s no official release date yet, but a sneak peek via a shared screenshot gives us a glimpse of what’s in store.


Whatsapp's new file sharing feature in action

(Image credit: WABetaInfo)

To start sharing files, the sender and recipient must pop into the “People nearby” section and wait for the file transfer to complete. WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption will lock your information, just like the usual drill across Meta’s messaging platform.


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