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LG G8 ThinQ - Sharing is Caring

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LG G8 ThinQ - Sharing is Caring

 

So you have this awesome phone with 128GB of storage, you know your gonna start loading up on pictures, videos, music, documents, etc. What if you want to share this content with someone else. By share I mean give it to them for them to use on their own device. Yes of course you can download numerous apps to assist with file transfers, but why when LG has given you multiple ways to do this directly without the need of other applications.  

 

Did you know there are 5 ways to share content directly from the LG phone without any other application needed. The various options include NFC, Android Beam, File Sharing, Media Server, and LG AirDrive. All features are accessible in the settings Menu Under the Network tab listed in the Connected Devices section.  

 

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NFC - Near Field Communication 

You can use NFC to transfer files to another device within close range

 

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers
  2. If NFC is not already turned on, tap the NFCicon to turn it on or access Settings - Network - Connect Devices and click the radial next to NFC to turn it on
  3. Tap OK
  4. Open the file you wish to send (typically used for pictures)
  5. Place the phone back-to-back with the device you wish to transfer the file to
  6. Tap the screen to send the file
 

Android Beam - Also uses NFC but it allows more content to be transferred. Users can transfer webpages, youtube videos, contacts, gallery files, music, etc. The contents that can be transmitted vary depending on the application being used.

 

  1. Files can only be shared with NFC and Bluetooth enabled devices
  2. If NFC is not already turned on, tap the NFCicon to turn it on or access Settings - Network - Connect Devices and click the radial next to NFC to turn it on
  3. Turn on Android Beam in Settings - Network - Connect Devices -> click the radial next to Android Beam to enable it
  4. Access the application where you have content you want to share. 
  5. Tap the Share icon, and then select Android Beam
  6. Place the phone back-to-back with the device you wish to transfer the file to
  7. On the receiving phone when the device is recognized, the screen will shrink, Tap the screen to receive the file
 

File Sharing / SmartShare Beam - Is similar to Android Beam but it is mainly used to transfer files easily between other LG devices.

 

  1. On the settings screen, tap Network File sharing.
  2. Customization of the following settings are allowed:
    • G8 ThinQ: Change the device name
    • Save to: Set the destination folder to save files sent from other devices.
    • File sharing: Permit receipt of files sent from other devices.
    • SmartShare Beam: Share files with other devices via SmartShare Beam. 
  3. Access the application where you have content you want to share. 
  4. Tap the Share icon, and then select SmartShare Beam 
  5. Select the user you wish to share content with and the file will be transferred 

 

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*** Enable "Sharing Panel" will allow for easy access to users you send content to frequently. This will create a new bar on top of the other sharing methods. Simply click the users name and SmartShare Beam will begin sending the file to that user. Enable this feature under Settings - Network - Connected Devices section.

 
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Media Server - You can share media content on your device with nearby devices that support DLNA. With this enable you can access your photo album on other DLNA enabled devices. For instance, if you have 2 LG G8 phones each LG phone can share their media with each other directly and you can browse for instance all the pictures on the other device as though those pictures were on your phone. 
 
  1. On the settings screen, tap Network Media server.
  2. Customization of the following settings are allowed:
    • Content sharing: Share content on your device with nearby devices.
    • G8 ThinQ: Set your device’s name.
    • Content to share: Select the type of media content to share with other devices (Photos, Videos, or Music).
    • Allowed devices: View a list of devices permitted to access content on your device.
    • Not-allowed devices: View a list of devices not permitted to access content on your device.

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This feature needs to be enabled on phone wishing to share their content. To see content from the other phone you will now need to access your local application. For instance, if you want to view pictures captured on the other phone locally on your device follow these steps.

 

  1. access the Gallery application
  2. Select the 3 vertical dots in the top right corner to access the main menu
  3. Select Nearby devices.

You will now see listed any content that the other phone has allowed for any DLNA enabled device to see. Simply access the files and view them locally. I do have to stress since this is wirelessly sharing content the speed that which the content loads can be slow. 

 

LG AirDrive - You can use your LG account to manage files saved on the device from a
computer. You do not need a USB connection.

 

  1. On the settings screen, tap Network LG AirDrive.
  2. Use a single LG account to sign in to LG Bridge on the computer and LG AirDrive on the device.
    • LG Bridge software can be downloaded from lg.com.
  3. Manage files on the device from the computer

 

Enjoy and remember never use your phone or tablet while driving, be safe and healthy.

 

Check out some of my other blogs on the LG G8 ThinQ:

LG-G8-ThinQ-Better-Performer-than-other-leading-devices

LG-G8-ThinQ-The-First-Mobile-Display-WITHOUT-a-speaker

LG-G8-ThinQ-What-does-the-Camera-Mean-to-Me

LG-G8-ThinQ-Is-Your-Phone-Protected-From-Unauthorized-Access

 

 

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