Google announced today the Nearby Sharing app for Windows PC is now officially available. Direct Share makes sharing files easy across phones, tablets, Chromebooks, and other devices. The PC version of the app has been in beta since March 2023, and is now officially available.
The tech giant says the beta has been installed by more than 1.7 million people, and has seen more than 50 million files transferred between PCs and Android devices since launch.
With today’s official release, Google added new enhancements to the Nearby Sharing app for Windows. The company has added an estimated file transfer completion time, so you can understand how fast large files like videos or entire folders will be shared. There is also now an image preview in device notifications to help you confirm that the correct file is being shared.
“To make sharing between Android devices and PCs even more seamless, we’re working with partners like HP to include the Nearby Sharing app on select Windows PCs, like the HP Dragonfly Pro,” Google wrote in a statement. blog post. “We’ll continue to work on Live Sharing for Windows, adding new functionality and listening to your feedback.”
Users must enable their PC’s WiFi and Bluetooth functions to use Nearby Sharing for Windows. Once you have set up the functionality, you will be able to drag files into the app or right-click and select the Direct Share option to send them to devices near you. The devices you are transferring files to must be within 16 feet of each other.