Use a screen reader to share content between two Android phones in the Office app

Use a screen reader to share content between two Android phones in the Office app

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Use the Office app with TalkBack, the built-in Android screen reader, to send and receive files between two Android phones over a wireless connection.

To successfully transfer files between two Android phones, make sure that the phones are both running the Office app, and that they are held close to each other. This feature is currently not supported on certain Huawei devices.

Notes: 

  • New Microsoft 365 features are released gradually to Microsoft 365 subscribers, so your app might not have these features yet. To learn how you can get new features faster, join the Office Insider program.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in Android screen reader, TalkBack. To learn more about using TalkBack, go to Android accessibility.

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Send files to another Android phone

  1. In the Office app, swipe down-then-up. The focus moves to the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.

  2. Swipe left or right until you hear "Actions," and double-tap the screen. The Actions menu opens.

  3. Swipe left until you hear "Share nearby," and double-tap the screen.

    If you're prompted to allow the Office app to access the location of your phone, swipe right until you hear "Allow," and double-tap the screen.

  4. You hear: "Share nearby." Swipe right until you hear "Send," and double-tap the screen. The recipient should now select the Receive button on their phone. The Office app starts the scan to find the other phone.

  5. Once the Office app has detected the recipient's phone, you hear the name of the recipient. Double-tap the screen to connect.

  6. Once the recipient has authorized the connection on their phone, the Choose files view opens on your phone. Swipe right until you find the file you want to share, and double-tap the screen. The file is sent to the recipient's phone.

  7. To send additional files, swipe right until you hear "Send more files," and double-tap the screen. Then swipe right until you find the file you want, and double-tap the screen.

  8. Once you're done, to close the connection, swipe left until you hear "Navigate up button," and double-tap the screen. You are prompted to confirm the disconnect. Swipe right until you hear "Yes," and double-tap the screen. The connection is closed on both phones.

Receive files from another Android phone

  1. In the Office app, swipe down-then-up. The focus moves to the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.

  2. Swipe left or right until you hear "Actions," and double-tap the screen. The Actions menu opens.

  3. Swipe left until you hear "Share nearby," and double-tap the screen.

    If you're prompted to allow the Office app to access the location of your phone, swipe right until you hear "Allow," and double-tap the screen.

  4. You hear: "Share nearby." Swipe right until you hear "Receive," and double-tap the screen. The sender should now select the Send button on their phone.

  5. Once the sender is ready to connect with you, you hear "Alert, connect with," followed by the name of the sender. To connect, swipe right until you hear "Yes," and double-tap the screen. You hear: "Share nearby, connected."

  6. The sender can now select and send the files to your phone. To hear the names of the transferred files, swipe right.

  7. Once you're done, to close the connection, swipe left until you hear "Navigate up button," and double-tap the screen. You are prompted to confirm the disconnect. Swipe right until you hear "Yes," and double-tap the screen. The connection is closed on both phones.

    You can access the transferred files from the Home tab in the Office app.

See also

Use a screen reader to work with files in the Office app

Use a screen reader to work with PDFs in the Office app

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Office app

Learn the layout of the Office app with a screen reader

Use a screen reader to explore and navigate the Office app

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