One of the latest and quite useful features in Windows 10 (version 1803 or later) is Nearby Sharing. You can use this feature to share or transfer files between two Windows 10 PCs seamlessly. The best thing about this feature is that it uses Bluetooth or WiFi to establish a connection between two PCs in order to share files. So, if you want to share a document, picture, or anything else, you can do it wirelessly. In this article, we cover how to use Nearby Sharing in Windows 10 to share files between two computers wirelessly.
Before we get to know how to use this feature, we must know how to set up Nearby Sharing in Windows 10.
How to Enable Nearby Sharing in Windows 10
If you will use Nearby Sharing in Windows 10 for the first time, you need to enable it first and make a couple of tweaks in the Windows Settings. Now, remember that you will have to enable this feature on both the OCs participating in the file-sharing.
Open the Settings app on your PC. For this, you can press the Win + I shortcut keys.
Once the Settings app is open, click on the System option. On the following screen of the Settings app, go to the left panel and click on the Shared experiences option. Now, navigate to the panel on the right.
Here, click on the toggle switch available right below the Nearby sharing option to turn on that feature. From the dropdown present below the toggle switch, select the Everyone nearby option. You can also change the folder location where you would like to save the files you receive through this feature on your Windows 10 PC.
Stay on the same screen and scroll down for more options.
There’s another toggle switch available under the Share across devices section. Click on the switch to turn it on. Again, in the dropdown menu, make sure to select the Everyone nearby option.
That is it. This is how to enable Nearby Sharing in Windows 10. Now, repeat the same process on another Windows 10 PC.
Note: Once you have set up this option on a Windows 10 PC, you can enable or disable it quickly through Windows Action Center. Simply press the Win + A keys together on your keyboard. The Windows Action Center menu will open on the right side of the screen. Here, you will find the Nearby Sharing button, which you can switch on or off according to your convenience.
Now let’s check out how to share files using Nearby Sharing between two computers.
How to Share Files in Windows 10 Using Nearby Sharing?
The process of file sharing between two computers through this option is quite simple.
Go to the PC where you have the file stored that you wish to share. Locate the file in File Explorer, make a right-click on it, then from the context menu, select the Share option.
This will open the sharing menu. If Nearby Sharing on the other Windows 10 PC is active, you will be able to see it in the sharing menu. Click on the PC’s name to initiate the file sharing.
Now, reach out to the other computer that has to receive the shared file and look for a notification on the bottom right corner of the screen. You will get three options: Decline, Save and Save and view the file(s). Select the second or third option according to your preference.
You will be able to locate the file in the folder set by you during the initial steps while setting up this feature.
Now you know how to use Nearby Sharing in Windows 10 to share files between two computers. Be mindful that this method is apt for sharing small-size files like Documents, Images, etc. If you want to share or transfer large files such as videos, we suggest you use conventional methods of file transfer, such as Flash Drive or Hard Drives. Transferring large files wirelessly could consume a lot of time.