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Everything You Need to Know about S Beam

By FonePaw | Nov 30 , 2015

What is S Beam?

S Beam is a wireless connection which can be utilized to transfer data (e.g. contacts, pictures, web pages, videos, audio files) from one Near Field Communication (NFC) and Wi-Fi Direct capable device to another.

Samsung Galaxy S Beam


S Beam VS. Android Beam

Unlike Android Beam, S Beam use Wi-Fi Direct instead of Bluetooth. S Beam also Limited to device with S Beam support, usually including Samsung phones and tablets that run Android 4.0 and later.


Which phones support S Beam?

S Beam is available on any Samsung Galaxy device that has NFC and Wi-Fi Direct capabilities. To check whether your device is S Beam supported, just tap Settings -> Connection to see if S Beam option is present.


How to transfer files using Samsung S Beam

1. Tap the Settings icon to enter the Settings menu. Then, scroll down o the "Connect and share" or "Connection" section and then enable NFC.


2. Tap S Beam and active it.

Enable S Beam


3. Open the file you want to transfer, such as Gallery app, Contacts app and more.


4. Place the backs of both devices against each other to make the connection. The phones will make a sound and vibrate slightly when they detect each other.


5. Tap the message "Tap to beam" on the screen of sender device.


6. Separate the devices when you promoted to do so. Files will begin being sent.



  • Neither of your devices should be asleep or locked.
  • Files can be transferred if they are locally saved. You can’t transfer files saved in your accounts.


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