Google just updated Wi-Fi and file sharing on Chromebooks

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Google has made several improvements to Chromebooks recently, and now new file transfer and sharing features are coming in Chrome OS 103 update.

Chrome OS already has a ‘Phone Hub’ feature, which can connect to an Android phone and provide access to some of the phone’s apps and services (such as app streaming and a hotspot switch). Google started testing a ‘Recent Photos’ section of Phone Hub in May, and now it’s rolling out to everyone.

Google said in a blog post, “after you take a photo on your phone, it will automatically appear within Phone Hub on your laptop under ‘recent photos’. Just click the image to download it, then it’s ready to be added to a document or email. That should reduce the number of times you may need to email a file to yourself or upload some files to cloud storage just to download them to a single computer.

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Google is also adding the ability to send a Wi-Fi network from an Android phone to a Chromebook, including the password, using the same Nearby Sharing feature that already works for file transfers. That makes it easy to connect a Chromebook to a network your phone has already joined, especially if you tend to forget passwords.

Chromebooks have received many other new features in recent months. Earlier this month, Google officially launched a ‘Screencast’ app that adds new screen recording features to Chromebooks, including the ability to draw over a recording and add a voiceover. There’s also a new Cursive app for handwritten notes, on Chromebooks with stylus support.

The new features are now rolling out to all Chromebooks. You can wait until your Chromebook installs the latest Chrome OS update, or manually check for an update and install it (if available).