Nearby Share – Transfer files from your Android phone to your Chromebook

If you regularly take photos or videos on your Android phone and want these files on your Chromebook. Then you need to be using Nearby Share. Nearby Share makes it easy to transfer files from your Chromebook to your Android Phone and vice-versa. Whether they are images, videos or any other file type. Nearby Share is something you’ll use time and time again once you know how it works.

Nearby Share isn’t a new thing. It’s been available on your Chromebook and Android phone for some time now. However, I’m convinced people are still sending photos or videos by email from their phones to get a copy on their Chrome OS device. Nearby Share removes the need to do this, and it’s really easy once you know how it works, and very quick indeed.

Regulary transfer your files – You need to use Nearby Share

I don’t know about you, but I regularly need to share files from my Android phone to my Chrome OS computer. I take a lot of pictures on my phone that I use on my blog, and I even use it sometimes to record videos for my YouTube channel. Before I started using Nearby Share. I would either need to email the files, which takes up time or save the files to Google Photos or Google Drive.

The issue with doing this is that you then need to download the files. This really doesn’t make sense because you’re uploading your files to then download them a few minutes later. This is something I used to find really frustrating. I like to use technology to make things easier and simpler, and that’s exactly what you get with Nearby Share.

How Nearby Share works

To use Nearby share you access your files on your phone as normal. When you choose to share the files you’ll see an option for Nearby Share. Simply click on this and make sure your Chrome OS computer is discoverable. It’s very similar to Bluetooth and uses the same technology. You can choose to share just one file or multiple files at the same time. What I also love about Nearby Share is how quick the files are transferred.

It’s much easier to show you how it works with a video. Therefore I’ve added a video from my YouTube channel below, which will show you how to use Nearby share. You’ll see how I transfer a single file and then multiple files at the same time from my Android phone to my Chromebox.

How to use Nearby Share on your Android phone and Chromebook


If you regularly have files you need to work on from your Chrome OS computer. Then Nearby Share is definitely something you’ll want to check out. I use it on a daily basis and it saves me so much time and removes having to upload and download files using other methods, which are just slow and very time-consuming.