2 Best Ways to Share Apps Between Android Devices

There are many ways to share videos, photos, files, and more with your Android phone. But what if you want to share an app on your phone with another Android device? Instead of sharing the link to the app in the Play Store, Android lets you share apps right from your phone. This makes sharing apps easier and faster.

You can easily share apps between Android devices by using Play Store or the Google Files app. This post will tell you everything you need to know about both ways. So, let’s start.


The Play Store is the easiest and fastest way to share apps between Android devices. It uses the Nearby Share feature, which is available on all Android phones with version 6.0 or higher, to quickly share the app file. You can share more than one app at once with this method.

Here’s how to use Play Store to share apps with other Android devices that are close by.

Step 1: Open up Play Store on the phone from which you want to share the app.

Step 2: Tap the profile icon in the top-right corner and select ‘Manage apps & device.’

Step 3: Under the Overview tab, tap the Send button next to Share apps


Step 4: The apps you have on your phone will be shown on the next screen. You can sort these apps by name or size by using the sort button.

Step 5: Use the checkboxes to select the apps you want to share and tap the send icon in the top right corner.

Step 6: Next, open Play Store on the device that will receive the apps and go to the “Manage apps & device” page (refer to the steps above). Then, tap the button next to Share apps that says Receive.

Step 7: After the receiving device shows up on the sender’s phone, select it. This will send a sharing request to the selected device.

Step 8: On the receiving device, you should see the same four-digit code as on the sender’s device. Select Receive to initiate the app transfer.

Step 9: Tap the Install button next to the app after it’s been moved to install it. If there are more than one app, you can install them all at once by tapping the Install all button.

Step 10: Lastly, tap the Disconnect option in the top right corner on either of the devices and select Disconnect again to confirm.


It’s easy to share apps through the Play Store, but it’s not the only way. You can also share apps with another Android device using the Google Files app. Unlike the above method, the Google Files app lets you share apk files of your apps via Bluetooth, Nearby Share, Quick Share, or a third-party file transfer app.

Most Android phones come with the Files app already installed, but if yours doesn’t, you can get it from the Play Store. You don’t have to put the app on the device that will get it.

After downloading the app, use the following step to share apps via the Google Files app.

Step 1: Open the Files app on the device from which you want to send apps.

Step 2: In the Browse tab, tap on Apps.

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Step 3: Under the Installed apps tab, locate the app you want to share. Tap the three-dot menu icon next to it and select Share.

Tap the three-dot menu and choose Select if you want to share more than one app at once. Then, use the checkboxes to choose apps and tap the share icon in the top right corner.

Step 4: In the share sheet menu that opens, select your preferred sharing option. You can share your app using Bluetooth, Nearby

Step 5: On the receiving device, tap the received apk file and select Install.

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If you use a third-party app to install the apk file, you may get a message telling you not to install apps from unknown sources. If that’s the case, go to Settings and turn on the switch next to your app. Then, you should be able to use the apk file to install the app.

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Using Play Store, it should be easy to share apps between two Android devices that have the Nearby Share feature. Still, it’s not hard to share apps through the Google Files app either. Try them both and tell us in the comments which one you like better.