Wireless sharing between smartphones and PCs has always been a struggle for Android users. While there are several tools that make it possible to share files wirelessly, none of them is as seamless as Apple’s AirDrop. As a result, most Android users stick to emailing files to themselves to access them on their PC. Well, that may change soon. Google recently announced its plans to bring Nearby Share to Windows and has already rolled out a beta version of the app for PC. In this article, we show you how to send and receive files between your PC and Android smartphone using the Nearby Share app.
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How to receive files on your PC from Android using Nearby Share
Step 1: Download the beta version of Nearby Share for PC using this link.
Step 2: Follow the onscreen instructions to install the app on your PC.
Step 3: Sign in with your Google Account or click on ‘Use without an account’ if you don’t wish to sign in.
Step 4: If chose to use Nearby Share without an account, set up a name for your PC and select ‘Done’.
Step 5: In order to receive files on your PC, tap on ‘Device is Hidden’ and select ‘Receive from everyone’.
Step 6: Now, select the file you want to transfer on your Android smartphone.
Step 7: Tap the Share icon and select ‘Nearby Share’ from the list of options.
Step 8: Your smartphone will search for your PC. Once it pops up on the radar, select the icon for your PC.
Step 9: Accept the transfer on your PC.
Step 10: Once the file is received on your PC, click on ‘Open’ to view it. You can also access the file from the Downloads folder on your PC.
How to send files from your PC to Android using Nearby Share
Step 1: Launch the Nearby Share app on your PC.
Step 2: Drag the file you want to share and drop it in the transfer box in the app. You can also select the file from within the app. Simply click on ‘Select Files’ or Select Folders’.
Step 3: Once you’ve selected a file, your PC will look for nearby devices.
Step 4: Make sure Nearby Share is enabled on your Android smartphone. You can do so by selecting ‘Nearby Share’ from the Quick Settings panel. Turn on the device’s visibility and make sure it is visible to everyone.
Step 5: Click on your Android smartphone’s name on your PC.
Step 6: Accept the transfer on your Android smartphone.
The file will be sent successfully to your phone.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Nearby Share work with Windows PC?
Android recently rolled out the beta version of Nearby Share for PC. You can download it from the official Android website. A full version will be released as soon as the beta testing ends.
Can you use Nearby Share between Android and PC?
Yes, you can use the Nearby Share Beta app for PC to share files with your Android phone and vice versa.
How do I use Nearby Share on PC?
Install the beta version of the Nearby Share app on your PC and simply drag and drop files to share them with your Android phone. You can also share files from your Android phone by selecting ‘Nearby Share’ from the sharing options.
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This is how you can send and receive files between your PC and Android smartphone wirelessly. As of now, you can only use the Beta version of Nearby Share on your PC. This means you may encounter some bugs and glitches while using it. These issues will be ironed out in the full version of the app. The availability of the beta app depends on your location. Check the official Android website to know more.
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