Share files between your Android device & Windows computer

Use Nearby Share to share images, videos, documents, and more between Windows computers and Android devices that are close together.

You can share files between your own devices or with people around you who also use Nearby Share. When other people send files to you, you’re asked to approve the request. Files are encrypted when you share them.

Availability

Nearby Share Beta for Windows PCs is available in the US and most countries globally. Support is currently not available for the following: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

Device requirements

Important: ARM devices are not supported.

  • A computer with a 64-bit version of Windows 10 and up.
  • An Android device with Android 6.0 and up. Learn how to turn on Nearby Share on Android.
  • Turn on Bluetooth on both devices.
    • If your Windows device doesn't support BLE Extended Advertising, other people may not be able to find and share with you on certain networks.
  • Turn on Wi-Fi or ethernet on both devices.
  • Connect both devices to the same network.
  • Make sure the devices are within about 16 feet, or 5 meters, of each other.
Set up Nearby Share Beta for Windows

Important:

  • If you use Nearby Share Beta for Windows without an account, some options may not be available.
  • Do not open the app as administrator.
  • You may receive a warning upon download that the installer could be dangerous. As long as you download it from Google, the file should be safe.
  1. Download and install Nearby Share Beta onto your Windows device.
    • After it’s installed, open the app and sign in.
  2. Under “Visible to others as,” choose your device name.
  3. Under “Receiving,” choose who can share with you.
  4. Select Done.
Choose who can share with you
  1. On your computer, open the Nearby Share Beta for Windows app .
  2. At the top right, select Settings and then Device visibility.
  3. Choose your visibility:
    • Everyone: Your device is visible to anyone nearby with Nearby Share turned on.
    • Contacts: Your device is visible to your nearby contacts. You can choose to make your device visible to all contacts or select specific contacts.
    • Your devices: Your device is visible to your devices with the same Google Account.
    • No one: Your device isn't visible and others can’t share with you. 
Tip: For more private and secure sharing, sign in to your Google Account and choose Contacts or Your devices.
Send content to other devices
  1. On your Windows computer, open the Nearby Share Beta for Windows app  .
  2. Select and drag a file into the app window.
    • You can also select Select files or select folders and find the file or folder you want to share.
  3. Select the device you want to share your file with.
    • If you get a PIN, make sure it matches the one on the receiver’s device.
    • If you can’t find it, make sure the device you want to send to is visible to your device.
  4. Select Share.
  5. Once the receiver confirms the share, your file is sent.

Tip: If you can’t drag and drop the file:

  • You can also find the file and right-click. Then select Send with Nearby Share Beta.
  • You may have opened the app as an administrator. Make sure you do not open the app as administrator.
Get content from someone

Important: To receive files from someone, your device must be detectable to them. You can change your device’s visibility in Settings .

  1. When someone uses Nearby Share to send content to you, you’ll get a notification. 
    • If it says “Device nearby is sharing”: Select Turn on to make your device detectable. Then continue to Step 2.
    • If it shows details about the sender: Select Accept or Decline.
  2. Review the share request.

    • If you get a PIN, make sure it matches the one on the sender’s device.
  3. To get the content, select Accept.
    • The file is saved to your “Downloads” folder.

Tip: If you share content between your own devices with the same Google Account, the receiver’s device automatically accepts the transfer.

Troubleshoot problems when you share

Try these steps if:

  • You can’t find other devices to share with.
  • Someone wants to share with you but can’t find your device.
  • The file transfer is very slow.
  • The file doesn’t transfer to the other device.

Check your Wi-Fi connection

  • Make sure both devices have Wi-Fi turned on and are connected to the same network.
  • Some Wi-Fi networks, like those in offices, don’t allow device-to-device sharing. Instead:
  1. Turn Wi-Fi off on your phone.
  2. Turn on the hotspot.
  3. Connect both devices to the hotspot.

Check other settings

  • Make sure both devices have Nearby Share installed and turned on.
  • Check the receiver’s visibility settings.
  • Try different visibility settings on your own device.
  • On both devices, make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  • Bring the devices within 1 foot, or 30 centimeters, of each other.
  • Close the app, re-open it, then try to send the file again.
  • On your phone, turn Airplane mode on, and then off.
  • Restart your device.
  • Wait until no one else is sharing content with the other device.
If you don’t get a sharing notification

Important: To get notifications, turn off “Focus Assist” or “Do not disturb.”

  1. Go to your computer’s Settings.
  2. Click System and then Notifications & actions.
  3. Turn on Get notifications from apps and other senders.
  4. Under “Get notifications from these senders,” find Nearby Share Beta and turn it on.

Need more help?

If you have more questions, you can ask other users in the Android Help Community.

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