Samsung has broadened the compatibility of its Quick Share app, now allowing non-Samsung Windows devices to utilize the file-sharing feature. The update, Quick Share v1.4.40, was first spotted by SamMobile and marks a significant expansion of the app's reach.
Samsung Quick Share was first introduced in 2020 for Samsung Galaxy devices, and a Windows version was released in 2021. The app allows Samsung users to transfer photos, videos, and documents between their smartphones, Galaxy Tablets, and Galaxy Book laptops. The latest update extends this functionality to Windows PCs from other brands, albeit with some limitations.
Compatibility and Limitations
The Quick Share app will only work on non-Samsung Windows PCs equipped with Intel WiFi and Bluetooth cards. The PCs should be running at least Windows 10 2004 (or later), Intel Bluetooth Driver v22.50.02, and Intel WiFi Driver v22.50.07, according to the description on the Microsoft Store. There is currently no information on whether support for other network cards will be added in the future.
Alternatives to Quick Share
For users whose Windows PCs do not meet these requirements, alternative methods for wireless file transfer are available. These include Microsoft's Phone Link and Google's Nearby Share. The latter is currently in beta and works with 64-bit versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11, provided the smartphone is running Android 6.0 or later.
Quick Share's Features
Similar to Apple's AirDrop, Samsung Quick Share allows users to share images and videos without losing quality. The app also works with non-Galaxy smartphones where users can scan a QR code or click on a link to download the files. For sending sensitive data, Quick Share comes with a Private Share option that allows users to send 20 encrypted files of up to 200 MB in total to a receiver using a phone number and an identification number.
While the expansion of Quick Share to non-Samsung Windows devices is a significant step, the limitations on network card compatibility may restrict its widespread adoption. However, the move reflects Samsung's commitment to enhancing cross-platform file sharing, and future updates may further broaden the app's compatibility.