Nearby share android Mac

How to transfer files between Android and Mac using Nearby Share

In this guide, we will show you the steps to transfer files from your Mac to your Android device using Nearby Share. When it comes to the Apple ecosystem, then AirDrop has taken the responsibility of proving a streamlined platform to transfer files across Apple devices. Likewise, you could use Nearby Sjare to transfer files across two Android devices and/or an Android device and a Windows PC.

However, to date, there didn’t exist any platform through which you could transfer files between the Google and Apple ecosystem. Up until now. Using a nifty open-source tool, you could easily transfer files from your Mac to your Android device via [unofficial] Nearby Share. So without further ado, let’s show you how to make full use of this functionality.

How to transfer files between Android and Mac using Nearby Share

Nearby share android Mac

Since this is an unofficial tool, you might have a few concerns, especially when it involves transferring all your important stuff. However, since the tool is open source, you could verify the integrity of the app and its code directly from GitHub. Moroever, since Wi-Fi Direct isn’t supported on macOS and Bluetooth needs reverse engineering, hence the Nearby Share would require your Mac and Android to be on the same WiFi network.

Not to mention the fact that your Mac will also be set to “Visible to everyone” to all those users who are on the same WiFi network. Limited Visibility (such as only to specific contacts), which is present in the official Nearby Share, is not possible here as it requires talking to Google servers, which might be a tough nut to crack. To round it all off, you should So if that’s well and good, then 

  1. First off, download NearDrop from GitHub and extract it on your PC.
  2. Then transfer it to the Applications folder, right-click on, and select Open.Nearby share android Mac
  3. You’ll get a prompt, click on Open.Nearby share android Mac
  4. Now go to System Settings > Notifications > NearDrop and enable the toggle next to Allow Notifications.Nearby share android Mac
  5. Notification is required so that when you transfer a file on your Android device, your Mac could notify you the same and you could then accept or reject the file transfer.
  6. Moving on, now go to your device, select the file, go to Share, and select Nearby Share. Now your Mac will be visible on your Android device, tap on it.Nearby share android Mac
  7. You will now get a notification on your Mac, bring the cursor to the bottom right of that alert and select Accept.Nearby share android Mac
  8. The file will now be transferred and once done, you’ll be notified of the same.Nearby share android Mac
  9. Moroever, the file will be saved in the Downloads folder.Nearby share android Mac

That’s it. These were the steps to transfer files from your Mac to your Android device using Nearby Share. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.

Video Guide

About Chief Editor

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.