How to Enable and Use Quick Share (Previously Nearby Share) on Chromebook

In Short
  • Quick Share on Chromebook can help you share files with Android and vice versa in jiffy.
  • You can enable Quick Share on ChromeOS by clicking on the Quick Share option in Quick settings and selecting the "Available to my devices" or "Visible to Everyone" options.
  • The "To my devices" option only works if both your Chromebook and Android device are signed in via the same Google account.

Google’s AirDrop alternative Quick Share (formerly Nearby Share) works incredibly well across the Android ecosystem. It’s supported on all Android devices, Windows, and Chromebooks. The Android-Chromebook ecosystem is getting better, with features like app streaming, recent photos, and Quick Share, you can be more productive on ChromeOS. Quick Share is one of the best Chromebook features out of all, as it makes file sharing effortless. If you recently got yourself a brand-new Chromebook, here’s how to use Quick Share on it.

How to Enable Quick Share on Chromebook

To enable Quick Share (Nearby Share) on Chromebook, follow these steps.

  1. Click on the time section at bottom right corner to open your Chromebook’s quick settings.
  2. Here, click on the Quick Share option. This will open up the Quick Share settings in the Settings app.
Chromebook Quick Share Quick Settings
  1. Click Change visibility to change who can share with you.
Quick share change visibility
  1. Change from Hidden to Your devices. This way, your Chromebook will appear on all your devices and vice versa when using Quick Share, provided all of them are on the same Google account.
Visible to my devices

Similarly, for you to seamlessly share from Chromebook, other devices need to be logged in via either the same account or make themselves visible for some time to appear on the network. To do this:

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone > Google > Quick Share Settings.
  2. Turn on the Visible to nearby devices toggle.
  3. You can select Your devices if your Chromebook and Android’s Google accounts match or if you want to share with someone else’s Chromebook, select Everyone.
Enable nearby share on Android

How to Share Files from Chromebook via Quick Share

To share files from Chromebook to Android, all you need to do is:

  1. Go to the location where the file is stored, right-click on it to open more options, and click on Share.
Share option Chromebook
  1. Click Quick Share and wait for it to detect your device.
Select Quick Share
  1. Once your device appears, select it and click Next.
Select device and next
  1. Your Chromebook will establish the connection and send the file to your device via Quick Share.
Transfer in progress

The images received from Android devices to your Chromebooks are automatically saved inside the Downloads folder on the Files app. The same goes for files sent from Chromebook to Android.

How to Share Files from Android to Chromebook

  1. Go to the location of the file or photo you want to share and tap the Share icon.
  2. Tap on Quick Share and your phone will start looking for devices.
Send files from Android to ChromeOS
  1. Select your Chromebook when it appears, and the file or photo will be sent in a jiffy.

You can also transfer photos that you recently saved on your phone to your Chromebook from Phone Hub. It shows up to five recent photos.

Quick Share is a great feature to have on your Chromebook. It’s much faster and safer than Bluetooth. If you haven’t used Quick Share yet, you should definitely try it out now that you know how to enable it and use it on your Chrome OS device.

Do you find Quick Share convenient? What other similar features should Google add to improve the Android-Chromebook ecosystem? Let us know in the comments below.

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