How to Enable Nearby Share in Chromebook

Google’s AirDrop alternative, Nearby Share has been out for a while on Android devices. However, it had been missing in action on Chromebooks thus far. Fortunately, the company has been testing this feature, and it’s already available to test in Chrome OS 87. If you want to use AirDrop on Chromebook, this is the closest you’ll get, and here’s how to enable Nearby Share in Chrome OS.

How to Enable Nearby Share in Chromebook

As I mentioned above, Nearby Share in Chrome OS isn’t ready for primetime yet. When it does, it should be enabled by default. However, if you can’t wait, or if you just want to test it out to see how well it works, you can enable Nearby Sharing right now on your Chromebook.

Turn on Nearby Sharing

There are just a few steps you’ll need to follow.

  • Head over to chrome://flags on your Chromebook, and search for ‘Nearby’ in the search box.

search for nearby share in chrome flags

  • Enable the flag that says ‘Nearby Sharing’. Don’t restart your Chromebook yet.

enable nearby share flag

  • Now, search for ‘Sharesheet’ and enable that flag as well.

sharesheet flag

  • Restart your Chromebook.

restart chromebook

Use Nearby Share in Chrome OS

Now that the feature is enabled on your Chromebook, here’s how to use it. You can use Nearby Share to share any file from your Chromebook.

  • Open the Files app and select the file you want to share. You will see a new ‘Share’ icon on the top of the screen.

share icon files app chromeos

  • Click on this and you will see Nearby Share in the options.

nearby share option chromebook

  • Click on it, and your Chromebook will search for, and show, other devices with Nearby Share turned on. You can then choose the device you want to share your file with and that’s all.

nearby share detecting devices

List of Popular Chromebooks

Our tutorial will work with all of the following Chromebooks. It is not an exhaustive list and is only here to serve as an example.

Brand NameModel Name
AcerAcer Chromebook 315
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C2C3
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C296
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C4QE
Acer Chromebook CB315-2HT-44MJ
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C3J0
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C5JS
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C6XF
Acer Chromebook CB315-3H-C36A
Acer Chromebook CB315-3HT-C16B
Acer Chromebook 314
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-C34N
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-C66Z
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-C02A
Acer Chromebook 311
Acer Chromebook CB311-9HT-C4UM
Acer Chromebook CB311-9H-C12A
Acer Chromebook 311 - CP311-3H-K5GD
Acer Chromebook CB311-9H-C7C8
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 - CP713-2W-79H3
Acer Chromebook 512 - C851-C1J7
Acer Chromebook 311 Touch - CB311-9HT-C4UM
Acer Chromebook Spin 311 - CP311-3H-K5GD
Acer Chromebox CXI3 - CXI3-I7V16GNKM4
Acer Chromebox CXI3 - CXI3-4GKM4
Acer Chromebox CXI3 - CXI3-4GNKM4
Acer Chromebook Spin 13 - CP713-1WN-51EA
Acer Chromebook Spin 713 - CP713-2W-79H3
Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 13 - CP713-1WN-76M7
Chromebook Spin 13 - CP713-1WN-813G
CB714-1W-32D4
CB714-1W-525Q
Acer Chromebook Spin 514
Acer Chromebook 311 C733-C0FK
Acer Chromebook CB314-1H-P7ZZ
ASUSASUS Chromebook C204EE
ASUS Chromebook C403NA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C214MA
ASUS Chromebook C203XA
ASUS Chromebook C202XA
ASUS Chromebook 14 C425TA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C434TA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C433TA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C436FA
ASUS Chromebook C202SA
ASUS Chromebook C423NA
ASUS Chromebook C523NA
ASUS Chromebook C223NA
ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA
GoogleGoogle Pixelbook Go GA00521-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00519-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00526-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00124-US
Google Pixelbook Go GA00519-UK
Google Pixelbook Go GA00523-US
Google Pixel Slate C1A
HPHP Chromebook - 14a-na0003tu
HP Chromebook 11A G6 EE
HP Chromebook x360 12b-ca0010TU
HP Chromebook - 14a-na0002tu
HP Chromebook - 11-v010nr
HP Chromebook - 15-de0010nr
HP Chromebook - 14-db0030nr
HP Chromebook - 14-db0020nr
HP Chromebook - 15-de0015nr
HP Chromebook - 14a-na0097nr
HP Chromebook - 14a touch optional
HP Chromebook - 14-db0098nr
HP Chromebook 11a-nb0047nr
HP Chromebook 11a 11a-na0010nr
HP Chromebook 11a 11a-na0060nr
HP Chromebook 14A G5
HP Chromebook Enterprise 14A G5
HP Chromebook 11A G6 Education Edition PC
HP Chromebook 14A G5
HP Chromebook 11A G8 Education Edition
HP Chromebook x360 11 G3 EE
HP Pro c640 Chromebook
HP Chromebook 11A G8 Education Edition
HP Chromebook 14A G5 Notebook PC
HP Pro c640 Chromebook
HP Elite c1030 Chromebook
HP Pro c640 Chromebook Enterprise
HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Notebook PC
HP Pro c645 Chromebook
HP Chromebook x360 12b-ca0010nr
HP Chromebook x360 - 14c-ca0065nr
HP Chromebook x360 - 14b-ca0010nr
HP Chromebook x360 14a-ca0097nr
HP Chromebook x360 14c-ca0085nr
HP Chromebook x360 - 14ct-ca000
HP Chromebook 11 G1 Notebook PC 1NW60UT
HP Chromebook - 14-ca020nr
HP Chromebook 11 G6 Education Edition 3PD94UT
HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE - Customizable
LenovoChromebook Duet (10.1") 2 in 1
Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet
500e Chromebook 2nd Gen (11.6") Intel
300e Chromebook 2nd Gen (11.6")
100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (11.6")
14e Chromebook (14")
Chromebook C340 (11")
Chromebook C330 (11.6")
Yoga Chromebook (15.6")
Chromebook 3 (14”)
Lenovo Chromebook S345 (14”)
Chromebook Flex 3i (11”)
Chromebook Flex 5 (13”)
100e Chromebook 2nd Gen (11.6”) AMD
300e Chromebook 2nd Gen (11.6”) AMD
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Chromebook
Samsung Chromebook Plus (LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2
Samsung Chromebook 4+
Samsung Chromebook 4
Samsung Chromebook Plus (V2)
Samsung Chromebook 3
Samsung Chromebook Plus

Easily Share Chromebook Files Wirelessly

Nearby Share is a great feature to have on your Chromebook. It lets you share files at a faster speed than Bluetooth, and you don’t need to constantly email files to yourself. If you haven’t used Nearby Share yet, you should definitely try it out now that you know how to enable it and use it on your Chrome OS device.

So, are you going to give Nearby Share a shot? Or are you using other Chrome OS apps to share files? Let us know in the comments.

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