As I have mentioned in the question, I want to transfer files (pics) from samsung galaxy S3 to HTC one x via NFC. I have switched on android beam on both the devices. When I bring the phones close, I am getting the "touch to beam" message on S3. When I touch it, I am getting a message that S beam is switched off, please switch it on. But I dont want Sbeam (as one x doesnt have it), instead I want the transfer to happen via Android beam.

  • Have you tried installing another NFC transfer app? Also, have you tried just using Sbeam?
    – MBraedley
    Aug 27, 2012 at 10:39
  • @MBraedley No /i havent tried other apps because I didnt want to install the apps on both the phones. Also Sbeam between two S3s is working fine, but since one x doesnt support Sbeam, I didnt try that Aug 27, 2012 at 10:48

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As far as I know, you can't transfer files over Android beam, just URLs/locations etc. This is because Android Beam doesn't use Bluetooth or WiFi Direct in addition to the NFC transfer, which means that an average photo would take 30+ seconds to beam. In Android 4.1+ (Jelly Bean) you can transfer files with NFC+BT, and S Beam uses NFC+WiFi Direct.

  • so NFC + BT is not there in ICS ? Aug 28, 2012 at 6:08
  • No, it was a new feature added in JB (source).
    – onik
    Aug 28, 2012 at 6:13
  • [anonymous comment] All you have to do is turn s beam off and leave NFC on. I just did it with picture and video from gs3 to my HTC onex
    – Izzy
    Apr 12, 2013 at 15:39

You can install the official 'HTC transfer Tool' from the Google Play store on your old S3 and new HTC One. Pure simplicity :)

  • 2
    Please also add a play store link to the tool.
    – Flow
    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:31

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