Nearby Sharing is probably one of the most useful updates in recent Windows history. If you have the April 2018 Windows update, you can now easily transfer files from one Windows 10 computer to another without having to fumble with complicated networking shares or archaic thumb drives. This guide will show you how to quickly setup Nearby Sharing so you can become a collaboration god at home or at the office.
What is Nearby Sharing
So what exactly is Nearby Sharing? Nearby Sharing is a new feature in the Windows 10 April 2018 update. Any computer that has that update should have this featured turned on by default. If you are in a meeting and a colleague needs your updated Powerpoint presentation, you can quickly right-click the document and share it with them. They will receive a pop-up notification stating someone wants to share a file with them, and then click accept to receive the file.
To Configure Nearby Sharing, do the following:
- Open Settings.
- Click on System.
- Click on Shared experiences.
- Under the “I can share or receive from” section, click the dropdown.
- Select Everyone nearby to be able to share and receive content from all devices near you.
- Or select My devices only, and you will only be able to share files between devices you are logged into with your Microsoft account.
Sharing options have been added everywhere! The Share button is now located in most menus and toolbars in machines running the Windows 10 April Update (version 1803). You will notice the Share link in the menu when right-clicking a document, and you will see the share button in your Photos app, as well as the new Edge web browser.
Files you receive from another computer will be stored in your Downloads folder.
Windows 10 Nearby Sharing Requirements
Nearby Sharing is a wonderful addition to Windows 10. To see which version of Windows you have, type WinVer in the search box and hit enter. Remember, only Windows machines running version 1803 or greater can use Nearby Sharing. This update will be rolled out gradually to all Windows 10 machine. If you can’t wait, learn how to manually download the April 2018 Windows 10 update here.
Troubleshooting Problems With Nearby Sharing
Nearby Sharing will use Bluetooth or WiFi to transfer files. If these are disabled on one or both of the computers, the transfer will not succeed. If you have a laptop, confirm Bluetooth is enabled.
- Click on Devices.
- Click on Bluetooth & other devices.
- Make sure the Bluetooth switch is ON.