Google launched the beta version of the Nearby Share app for Windows in March 2023. Now the company has officially released the stable version of the Nearby Share app for Windows devices with improved performance and new functionality. Nearby Share lets users quickly send and receive files and folders across devices using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. For the unaware, Google first introduced the Nearby Share in 2020, which is already available for Android devices and Chromebooks.
“Nearby Share for Windows, available as an app download on PCs around the world, has now been installed by more than 1.7 million people. With photos and videos being the most popular file types to send, we’ve seen over 50 million files transferred between PC and Android devices since launch. Today marks the official launch of Nearby Share with Windows, offering improved performance and new functionality that can make it even easier for you to share content and stay productive,” said Ronald Ho, Group Product Manager, Android, in a blog post.
The Nearby Share app for Windows now comes with new features, including the ability to view the estimated time for completing file transfers, which is useful when sending or receiving large files or folders. Furthermore, the app now displays an image preview within device notifications which helps users to ensure the correct file is being transferred.
Google is partnering with PC manufacturers, including HP, to include the Nearby Share app on select Windows devices, such as the HP Dragonfly Pro. The company says this will streamline file sharing between Android devices and PCs. The Nearby Share app is available for download via the official website. It is compatible with devices running Windows 10 64-bit version and above. Nearby Share for Windows is not supported on ARM devices.