Nearby Sharing is a new file sharing feature in Windows 10. It allows users to share documents, photos, website links and more with nearby devices over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection.
To use Nearby Sharing both devices must have Bluetooth and must be running Windows 10 (version 1803 or later).
For now, Nearby Sharing only works between two Windows 10 devices. But, Microsoft has confirmed that ‘Nearby Sharing’ or ‘Near Share’ feature will be supported by Android and iOS Platforms soon.
How to Turn on Nearby Sharing on Windows 10
You can turn on Nearby Sharing from either Windows 10’s Settings app, or in Windows 10 Action Center.
To enable and configure Nearby Sharing from the settings app, navigate to ‘Settings’ > ‘System’ > ‘Shared Experiences’, and turn on the ‘Nearby Sharing’ toggle.
In this Settings page, you can change a few settings. You can choose where to save received files, and who can share files with you. If you choose ‘My devices only’, your PC will share and receive content only with devices using the same Microsoft account. Rather, keep it as ‘Everyone nearby’.
Alternatively, you can also turn on this feature by clicking the ‘Nearby sharing’ button in Action Center (Ctrl + A).
How to share Files with Nearby Sharing on Windows 10
Before going ahead, make sure both PCs (the one you’re sharing from and the one you’re sharing to) have turned on ‘Nearby Sharing’. Now to share a file, do the following,
- Open File Explorer.
- Select the file you want to share, and right-click on it.
- Select the ‘Share’ option.
- Select a nearby device.
Now, your PC will wait for the other PC to accept the share request.
A notification appears on the other PC. Click ‘Save’ button, to save the file to the PC. You can also click “Save & Open” button, to save it and immediately open the file.
Information: You can also share a file from a specific app (built-in app that has share option) using the Share dialog. For example, you can share a webpage link in Microsoft Edge, and share a picture in the Photos app.
How to speed up Nearby sharing file transfers on Windows 10
Primarily, Nearby sharing send files over Bluetooth and the file transfers speed is very slow. But, we already know, Nearby sharing also supports file transfers over Wi-Fi. So, if you want to transfer files fast, both devices need to be connected in the same network, and their connection profiles have to be set to ‘Private’.
To make sure that both devices are using a Private networking profile, follow the steps;
- Open ‘Settings’.
- Click on ‘Network & Internet’.
- Click on ‘Wi-Fi’.
- Select the wireless connection.
- Under ‘Network profile’, select the ‘Private’ option.
After completing the steps, file transfers will occur much faster using the Wi-Fi connection.
- Nearby sharing isn’t available for OneDrive files.
- You can’t share a folder using Nearby sharing.
- Keep in mind, when sharing files, the receiver must be within your Bluetooth range (normally 20 feet). And both devices need to have Bluetooth 4.0 or above (Low Energy).
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