Google is currently beta testing the Nearby Share feature on Windows PCs for their Android devices. This will allow you to seamlessly share files from your phone to your PC.
For those unfamiliar, Nearby Share functions similarly to Apple’s AirDrop feature. Files can be shot from one phone to another as long as they are on the same network, eliminating the need for emails or Bluetooth file links.
The Nearby Share feature was first added to Android phones back in 2020.
Things to know before using Nearby Share
Your phone must be able to send files to your Windows 10 or Windows 11 machine in order to use Nearby Share. However, some specific requirements must be met in order for it to work.
Here are those requirements:
- Your PC/laptop must be running 64-bit Windows and at least Windows 10.
- Your Android device doesn’t have to be a phone. It could be a tablet or anything in-between. But, it does require a minimum of Android 6.0.
- Make sure both your Android devices and PC/laptop have Bluetooth.
Now, Turn on your Bluetooth for both devices. Then, make sure they’re both connected to the same Wi-Fi. Nearby Share comes built-in to Android, but you’ll need to install it for your PC here.
Additionally, both devices must be within 5 meters of each other.
You can set your Device Visibility preferences to control who is allowed to share with you by signing in to your Google account.
Nearby Share isn’t the only file transfer contender
Nearby Share isn’t the only option to connect your phone to your PC.
Windows already offers an app called Windows Phone Link that works similarly and doesn’t require Bluetooth to be turned on the PC.
That one requires an app to be downloaded to your phone and PC. While it only allows photo sharing between the devices in lieu of any file, it lets your PC get your text messages and notifications as well.
It also offers iOS support.
But it’s good to know that we have options to choose from when wanting to connect our devices to our PC/laptop.
Just make sure you’re connected to your PCso you don’t accidentally send your entire porn collection to someone else’s computer.