Quick Share
Developer(s)Samsung Electronics
Google LLC
Initial releaseFebruary 24, 2020; 4 years ago (2020-02-24)
Operating system
PredecessorNearby Share
TypeUtility software
WebsiteWindows app

Quick Share is a wireless data transfer utility originally developed by Samsung Electronics. Subsequently, Google collaborated with Samsung to expand its services to all Android phones. Quick Share utilizes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct to send files to nearby Android and SmartThings devices, but it can also send to any other device anywhere using the Samsung Cloud, uploading the files to the web address quickshare.samsungcloud.com. In 2024, Google integrated Nearby Share into Quick Share and adopted Samsung's Quick Share to form one unified app,[1] distributing Quick Share to non-Galaxy Android devices through Google Play Services.


Quick Share debuted along with the Samsung Galaxy S20 and One UI 2.1, with rollout to other Galaxy smartphones and tablets later.[1] Samsung claims the service was created to streamline the process of sending content,[2] superseding a previous service named Link Sharing. Quick Share was launched for Windows-based Samsung Galaxy Book notebooks in 2021, and since July 2023 is no longer limited to Samsung Windows PCs.[3]

In January 2024, it was announced that Google's Nearby Share would be merging with Samsung's Quick Share, adopting the name of the latter.[2]


Users can send files to up to 8 nearby devices at a time, so long as they have the feature enabled[2] and their screens are on.[4] Quick Share can be toggled in the quick panel settings and the user can choose to receive content from anyone nearby, contacts only, your devices, or no one. Content transfer is made possible by choosing Quick Share, after which the sender chooses which nearby device(s) to send to.[2]

Quick Share is also capable of uploading files to Samsung Cloud and sharing via URL.[5] The data uploaded to the Samsung Cloud can be downloaded by the user either by clicking the specified link or scanning the provided QR code.[6]

Samsung Cloud automatically deletes[2] the uploaded files after a period of two days, and has a daily upload limit of 5 gigabytes.[5]

The Quick Share app on Windows enables other Quick Share-enabled devices to instantly share files with Windows devices.[2]


Quick Share is available on Android 6 and later,[7] ChromeOS 91 and later,[8] 64-bit versions of Windows 10 and later, and on Linux as an unofficial implementation rquickshare[9]. On Windows, Quick Share must be installed manually, as opposed to its implementation on Android and ChromeOS, where it is a part of the operating system and does not need to be installed separately. Windows devices must have both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to be able to run Quick Share. Windows on ARM devices are not supported.[10]

Windows Apps

There are two Windows apps available: one for the Windows Store developed by Samsung, and one available via sideloading developed by Google.

These apps are predicted to fully merge capabilities in Q3 of 2024. In the meantime, Google's version of the service is incapable of running on ARM devices, while Samsung's is. Also, Samsung's version can only run using Intel Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers.[11]

Private Share

Private Share icon

Private Share was a derivative data transfer service which used blockchain encryption, designed for important personal or financial information.[2] Sharing files is possible via the phone number associated with a phone's SIM card, or a user-chosen private number. A private number is exclusive to the Private Share app, and commences with # and includes 10 digits, like #0123456789. The sender is able to set an expiry date for the files, which get automatically deleted from the recipient's devices.[12] There is a 200 megabyte upload limit for senders. Like Quick Share, Private Share is also preloaded on Samsung Galaxy devices.[13] Since December 2023, Private Share has been integrated with Quick Share, and is no longer a separate service.[14]

See also


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  8. ^ "Google starts rolling out Chrome OS 91 with Nearby Share, app notification badges and more". India Today. Retrieved 2023-04-09.
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  11. ^ "Quick Share - Official app in the Microsoft Store". Microsoft Apps. Retrieved 2024-02-20.
  12. ^ SamMobile; Farooqui, Adnan (2020-11-16). "Private Share is Samsung's new blockchain-based secure file transfer app". SamMobile. Retrieved 2023-10-04.
  13. ^ Shaw, Rowknee (2023-03-10). "Samsung updates Private share app: Split screen view available for Tablets". Retrieved 2023-10-04.
  14. ^ Shaw, Rowknee (2023-12-06). "Samsung Private Share gets integrated with Quick Share". Retrieved 2024-02-20.