Google has made it easier to transfer files between your mobile and PC with their new beta Nearby Share app for Windows. This feature was promised during CES 2022 and is now available for download from the Android website. To use it, your computer must be running the 64-bit version of Windows 10 and up. And cannot be powered by ARM processors.
Nearby Share: You can share files easily between Android devices and Windows PCs
You will need to turn on your PC’s WiFi and Bluetooth for the feature to work. You can choose who can see your device and send you files by selecting the device visibility setting. Also, you can make your PC visible to everyone, to your contacts, to your own devices only, or to nobody at the moment.
To send files from your PC to an Android phone, drag or drop them into the Nearby Share app or right-click on them and choose the Nearby Share option. If both devices are logged into a common Google account, transfers are automatically accepted even if the recipient’s screen is off. However, both devices must be within 16 feet of each other.
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Google has released Nearby Share for the US and most countries worldwide, except for some exceptions. The beta app only works with Android phones and tablets right now. But, the company plans to expand its compatibility across their ecosystem.
Additionally, Nearby Share for Windows also allows you to share internet connectivity between your mobile device and PC. This means you can use your phone’s data connection to access the internet on your computer. Without the need for a separate WiFi hotspot. The feature is especially useful if you’re in an area with limited internet connectivity or if you need to work on your PC while on the go. To use this feature, simply turn on the internet sharing option in the Nearby Share app on your mobile device. And connect your PC to your phone’s network.