You can transfer your files wirelessly from one computer to another without downloading and installing any third-party software. Microsoft released a feature for Windows called Nearby Sharing that allows the user to share files for free.

You probably attach the files to an email and send it to someone else, even though you work in the same room, anytime you want to share your files with someone else. Windows 10 April 2018 Update allows you a faster and direct way to share your Nearby files and links.

Nearby sharing is a tool that helps you to transfer files or links to nearby devices for example in your home or office via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. An app that facilitates sharing, such as the Windows Images App, Microsoft Edge, or even File Explorer, can send Nearby files or connections.

It is included in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, but you have to allow it to be included.

How to Share files with Nearby sharing

To turn it on

  • Go to “Action center”
  • Turn on the “Nearby sharing” click action.
Nearby Sharing

If you don’t see the click action there.

  • Go to “Settings”.
  • Click on “System”.
  • Shared experiences”.
  • Turn on the “Nearby sharing” toggle.
Nearby Sharing

Nearby sharing allows you to now send one or more files to any other device that also has Nearby sharing turned on.

To send a photo from the Photos app

  • Open images or flies that you want to share.
  • Click on the “Share” icon.
  • Nearby sharing finds all the devices around you using Bluetooth.
  • You’ll see your device name.
  • Find a person’s device on the list.
  • Tap on the device.
Nearby Sharing

The person receiving your photos or files, get a notification that a file has arrived. You can save and open. It’s helpful to remember that the file is not broadcasted out. You specify the device you share to.

To find your own device’s name

The computer’s device name and not the user name so it’s helpful to find the device’s name beforehand.

  • Go to the “Settings app“.
  • Click on “System“.
  • Open “About“.
  • Click “Device specifications“.

If you have any questions or issues using Nearby Sharing, then do let us know using the “Comment box” so we can help with it.

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