Google’s Nearby Share comes to Windows PCs to allow files transfer between Windows PC and Android devices

Google’s Nearby Share is now available on Windows PCs which allows them to share files with nearby devices by utilizing Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Nearby Share gives users the ability to quickly send and receive content across Android phones, tablets, and Chromebooks.

Google's Nearby Share


Nearby Share is available to download on Windows devices as a beta for the US and some other countries

Google has launched its new Nearby Share app for Windows, which allows Android users to share files, photos, documents, and links between Windows PC and supported Android devices. Currently, the app is in beta, and users can download it directly from to a supported device.

Nearby Share Beta for Windows is simple to set up. Just download and install the Nearby Share Beta app on your PC. You’ll then be able to send files to nearby Android devices, or send files to your PC based on your device visibility preferences.

Windows 11 Google's Nearby Share

When users download the app, they will be prompted to sign in to their Google Account via PC browser. Once signed in, users can choose how their PC will appear on other devices and change the visibility of their device. Remember, devices should be within 16 feet (5 meters) of each other to use Nearby Share and Both devices also need to have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled.

Here is the list of minimum PC requirements for using Nearby Share as shared by Google:

  • A PC should be with a 64-bit version of Windows 10 or higher.
  • An Android device with Android 6.0 or higher.
  • Both devices should have Bluetooth Turned on.
    • If users’ Windows device doesn’t support BLE Extended Advertising then other people may not be able to find and share files with users on certain networks.
  • Turn on Wi-Fi or ethernet on both devices.
  • Both devices should be connected to the same network.
  • Please make sure the devices are within 16 feet, or 5 meters, of each other.
  • Do keep in mind, ARM devices are not supported.

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