Google has announced the release of Nearby Share Beta for Windows PCs. This latest feature promises to make it easier to transfer files between mobile devices and PCs. With the launch of the beta version, Google is fulfilling its promise to Microsoft‘s desktop OS users. The app can be downloaded from the Android website for computers running the 64-bit version of Windows 10 and up that are not powered by ARM processors.
The Nearby Share app requires your PC’s WiFi and Bluetooth to be turned on for the feature to work. However, the app provides a way to prevent potential spam messages by allowing you to choose who can see your device and send you files. The app’s drop-down menu allows you to choose to make your PC visible to everyone, to your contacts, to your devices only, or to nobody at the moment. This way, you can control who can access your PC.
To transfer files from your PC to an Android phone, all you have to do is drag and drop them into the Nearby Share app or right-click 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, it’s important to note that both devices must be within 16 feet of each other.
Google has launched the Nearby Share app in the US and most countries worldwide. However, some exceptions apply. While the beta app only works with Android phones and tablets at present, Google has promised to expand its compatibility across the company’s ecosystem.