AirDrop has been a source of pride for Apple users for over a decade and a sore spot for many looking for a simple solution to share files between Windows and Android. But after years of struggling with different standards and technologies, Google and Microsoft finally figured this out: Google’s Near Share protocol brought AirDrop-like file sharing to Android devices in 2020, and thanks to a new beta version that anyone can download. , the same function is also available on Windows PC.
A quick note: Since this new Google app is currently in beta testing, it’s a bit of a hassle to install. It works great though, so if you’re interested, it’s worth setting up.
How to install the Near Share app on Windows
Start by navigating to Android Nearby Sharing Page. Click on the Begin button to download the Windows application. Once it’s installed, launch the app and sign in with your Google account.
From the settings screen, give your PC a name and click the Reception box. By default, it is set to Nobody, which defeats the purpose of the entire application. Click the dropdown menu to see a couple of options. We recommend you go with your devices, as it limits the app to the devices linked to your Google account. You can also limit it to your contacts or open it to everyone. Press Made to complete the setup.
Before proceeding, make sure everything is working on the Android side. Oddly enough, Near Share is not an operating system option; it’s a feature within Google Files, which should already be installed on your device. If not, you can download it. here. Open Google Files, touch the Menu button, go to Settings > share near and turn on the Use nearby share characteristic.
How to transfer files wirelessly between Android and PC with Near Share
Open Files on your Android smartphone and select a file (it can be a photo or a huge video file), and tap the Share button. Tap on the Nearby below the file preview and you will see a list of available devices. Right here, choose your PC and wait for the magic to happen. The file will be instantly transported to your PC and will be saved to your Downloads folder by default.
Doing things backwards is just as easy, but it requires you to use the Near Share app to get started. Open the app and select a file you want to share. Then choose your Android phone from the list and wait until you get a notification on your Android phone that the transfer is complete. You’ll find the file in the Downloads folder in the Files app.