Nearby Share for Windows has finally been introduced to PCs announced at CES 2022. The Android utility is simple, effective, and easy to install in its beta form. To add and use Nearby Share on your Windows PC, follow these steps.
If you’re already familiar with Nearby Share on Android, then using Google’s new Windows tool will be straightforward. In most cases, Nearby Share comes into play on Android when you want to share a link, image, or large file. It is usually the top option for doing so. When you use this feature, a list of potential recipients is presented to you, provided they have Nearby Share turned on themselves.
To install Nearby Share for Windows, follow these steps:
- Go to android.com/better-together/nearby-share-app on your PC.
- Click on “Get started.”
- After the .exe file finishes downloading, open it.
- Follow the instructions to complete the installation process.
- Once the installation is complete, sign into your Google Account.
To set up and use Nearby Share, follow these steps:
- Choose a recognizable name for your computer on the setup page.
- Under “Receiving,” select who can share files with you. You can choose to receive files from everyone, known contacts, your devices only, or no one at all.
- Click “Done” to finish the setup process. Your device is now visible to the other devices you specified. Make sure your Google Contacts are up to date so you can receive files from people in that list. Alternatively, if you’re using a desktop, you can limit file reception to your own devices.
- To share files using Nearby Share on Windows, simply drag and drop files anywhere in the window, or click on “Select files” or “Select folders” for quick selection. You can also right-click on files anywhere on your computer and select “Send with Nearby Share.”
- On Android, you need to share files via the share menu and select “Nearby.”
That’s it! You can now easily share files between your devices using Nearby Share.
Once you select files to share using Nearby Share on Windows, they will appear in the sidebar. On the right-hand side, a list of available recipients will appear. Simply click on the recipient to send the file. The file and selection will disappear, but you will have to complete the process on the receiving device.
If you’re sending a file to yourself, it will automatically download. If you’re sending files to contacts or any other user, they will have to accept the file first.
Overall, the Windows program from Google is elegantly simple. Any file sent using Nearby Share for Windows is transferred quickly and seamlessly.