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Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Play Shared Music Using Nearby Devices Feature in Android 4.4.2 Kitkat

Nearby devices is a content sharing feature available in Samsung Galaxy S5 that will let you share or access media files with other nearby devices that are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. One of the media files that can be accessed using this feature is music files. When the nearby devices feature in your phone is enabled, you can access shared music in a nearby device and play it directly from your phone.


How to enable the nearby devices feature?
Before you can play shared music in a nearby device, you have to enable the nearby devices feature in your phone first by using the following steps:
  1. On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notification panel and then tap at the top right to go to the settings menu.
  2. With the settings menu is displayed in grid view, scroll down to the Connect and share section and then tap Nearby devices .
  3. If Nearby devices is off, tap the ON/OFF switch to turn it on.
  4. The nearby devices feature has been enabled and you'll see this icon is displayed on the status bar.


How to play shared music in a nearby device?
If you have enabled the nearby devices feature in your phone and there's a nearby device available that is connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you can play shared music from that device directly from your phone by using the following steps:
  1. Open the stock Music Player app.
  2. Swipe the menus at the top of the screen from the right to the left to find the Devices tab, and then tap it.
  3. All available nearby devices will be listed in the Nearby devices section.
  4. Tap the required device you want to play its music files.
  5. All shared music from the selected device will be displayed here.
  6. Tap the required song you want to play.
  7. While playing the music, you can use the controller at the bottom of the screen to control the music playback, e.g: play/pause/resume/rewind/forward the music, etc.

As a note, the stock Music Player app doesn't let you download shared music files from other nearby devices due to software limitation.

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