nearby sharing on windows

Sharing files can be much of a task. People generally share files via email, cloud storage or by some hardware supported devices such as pen drives or hard disks. But what if you want to share a file with a computer right next to you?

Transferring files through emails require an internet connection and the pen drive method is quite time-consuming.

So, to solve this problem windows has introduced a new feature called “Nearby sharing” on its recent update on 10th April 2018. With “Near Share” or “Nearby Sharing” you can transfer a file to a nearby computer in a matter of seconds by only using Wifi or Bluetooth. It is quite similar to the Apple’s AirDrop feature.

So, in this guide, we will walk you through the steps to get started with Nearby Sharing just after you install the Windows 10th April Update on your device.

How to enable Nearby Sharing to share files

Generally, “Nearby Sharing” feature will be enabled by default once you update your device to the latest Windows 10th April update. But in case if it is not enabled, then you can follow these steps to enable it.

Enable Nearby Sharing

  • Go to Settings
  • Click on System 
  • Click on Shared experience
  • If the Nearby Sharing is not enabled then enable it.
  • Files you receive via Nearby Sharing will be saved to your Downloads folder by default, but you can change that in the Settings.


So, this is how you can enable and disable Nearby Sharing.

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Note: To share a file both the computers should run on the 10th April Windows Update and should have enabled “Nearby Sharing” on them. 

How to Share a file using Nearby Sharing

You can use Nearby Sharing to share files between PCs wirelessly. To do this, choose a file, right-click it and select the “share” option.

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Now a share dialog will appear. If it doesn’t appear, then make sure that “Nearby Sharing” is enabled and “powered on “on the other PC with which you want to share files.


Now, the name of the other PC with which you want to share files will appear. Just click on it.

Once you clicked on the other PC (here, in this case, it’s Devansh), your file will begin sharing with your other PC, just like it is given in the next pic.

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Now a notification will appear on the Other PC asking you to “Save” or “Save and Open” or to decline the file to be received. Choose “Save” or “Save and Open” and it will start receiving the file.

Now the other PC will start receiving the file from your PC. This may take some time, depending on the size of the file and the speed of the Bluetooth connection.

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How to Share a Photo, Link or Anything Else

So, I guess the process of sharing a file is clear to you. Now, the same process will be used to share a Photo, Link or probably anything.

Just make sure that “Nearby Sharing” is enabled in both the computers.

Let’s say you want to share a webpage with your other PC through Microsoft Edge. Then, just go to Microsoft edge, navigate to the webpage and click on the “Share” button.

Then select the PC with which you want to share the webpage.

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Now a notification will appear on the other PC. Click “Open” to open the shared link in Microsoft Edge. Once you click “Open” it will show you the webpage in Microsoft Edge.


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So this is how you can share a link through “Nearby Sharing”.

The same process will be used to share images. Check out the steps below:

  1. Go to any image and right click on it.
  2. Click on the Share option.
  3. Now select the nearby computer to share the image.
  4. Once the other PC saves it, your image will be shared.

See how easy it is to share a file, webpage and images through Nearby Sharing.


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