Android users have been yearning for a tool like AirDrop, which allows users to easily share files between Apple devices. Google solved this problem with the launch of Near Share in 2020. This feature works in a similar way and allows Android users to share files between different devices. However, this technology was limited to just transferring files between Android devices.
So, in 2022, Google announced that it will bring Near Share to Windows, allowing users to transfer files between smartphones, PCs and laptops. The wait is finally over as Google has released the beta version of Near Share for Windows PCs. In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can use the new Nearby Sharing tool to easily share files between your Android device and Windows PC.
Before we start
Before we dive into setting up the new Nearby Sharing tool on your Windows PC, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- The Nearby Sharing tool is still in beta, so it may not always work as expected.
- It is worth noting that the tool only downloads the 64-bit version of Windows 10 and newer. ARM powered Windows devices are not currently supported.
- The tool is compatible with all running Android devices version 6.0 or laterwhich should cover most of the Android devices available today.
- While the tool is available for download in the United States, it is not available in some European countries just. You can use the list of unsupported countries here.
- You will have to Enable Bluetooth on both devices for proper operation of Nearby Sharing. Connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi network for faster transfer speeds.
- Finally, it’s worth noting that for a successful transfer, both devices must be within 16 feet (5 meters) of each other.
Set up nearby sharing on a Windows PC
Let’s start by setting up Nearby Sharing on your Windows device. Here’s a step-by-step guide to doing this:
- Go to first Google’s Near Share website on a compatible Windows device.
- Click on the “Get startedand download the software. Once downloaded, install the file.
- The Nearby Sharing application will now open on your device. You can choose to sign in with your Google account or use the app without an account.
- For a seamless file sharing experience, we recommend signing in with your Google account, as file transfers are automatically accepted when you’re signed in.
- Once logged in, you can set up Nearby Sharing according to your preferences. Choose a name for your PC and set your visibility preferences to “Everyone,” “Contacts,” “Your Devices,” or “Nobody.”
- After completing the required steps, click on the “Finishedbutton, and you’re all set to start transferring files.
Share files from Android to Windows
To transfer a file from your Android device to your Windows device using Nearby Share, first select the file on your Android device. In this example, we’ll use Google Photos to share some photos. After selecting the files you want, tap on “Share nearby” in the share tab and select your Windows device from the list of available nearby devices.
Now open the Nearby Sharing app on your Windows PC. The Share Nearby app appears in the notification area on your Windows taskbar. Accept the request and the transfer should begin immediately. If you are signed in with the same account as your Android phone, the transfer will be accepted automatically. As mentioned above, the speed and time of the transfer depends on your Wi-Fi connection. Once the transfer is complete, your file will appear in the “Downloads” folder.
Share files from Windows to Android
Transferring files from a Windows PC to an Android smartphone is also a simple process. In the file explorer, right-click on the file you want to send to your Android smartphone and select “Send with Nearby Sharing.” The Nearby Sharing app opens where you can select your Android device. The Share Nearby app opens and you can choose your Android device from the list. Once you select your device, the file transfer will begin immediately. Similar to Windows, this shared file is also saved in the “Downloads” folder on your Android device.
Overall, Google’s new Near Share makes it very easy to transfer files between Android and Windows PC. For additional features like syncing notifications, messages, and answering calls, you should consider using the Intel Unison app because it offers many more features. For those who just need to transfer files, Nearby Sharing is an excellent and convenient option.
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