How to Share Files with Nearby Devices in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to share files and folders with nearby devices in Windows 11.

Nearby sharing allows users to share documents, photos, and other content with devices using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

To use nearby sharing, both PCs—the one you’re sharing from and the one you’re sharing to—must have Bluetooth and must be running Windows 11 or Windows 10 (version 1803 or later).

Starting with Windows 11 build 22622.436, you will now be able to discover and share to more devices including desktop PCs. That’s because the discovery of devices under nearby share when sharing a local file from the desktop, File Explorer, Photos, Snipping Tool, Xbox, and other apps that use the built-in Windows share window has been enhanced by using UDP (Network needs to be set to private) along with Bluetooth to discover nearby devices.

Below his one to share files and folders using nearby sharing enhanced version rolling out to Windows PC enrolled in Microsoft Insider Preview program.

How to share files and folders using nearby sharing in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Nearby sharing allows users to share documents, photos, and other content with devices using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Both PCs—the one you’re sharing from and the one you’re sharing to—must have Bluetooth and must be running Windows 11 or Windows 10 (version 1803 or later).

Below is how to share files and folders with nearby sharing using the enhanced version of nearby sharing.

First, open File Explorer or simply press the Windows Key + E shortcut on your keyboard.

Once opened, select the file or folder you want to share with nearby devices. Again, make sure Nearby sharing is turned on on both devices.

Select Share on the menu bar or right-click and select Share.

Next, select the nearby device you want to share with on the pop up window.

windows 11 nearby sharing select device

On the receiving device, you should see a pop up window with a Save & open,  Save and Decline buttons.

When you select Save & open or save, it should automatically be saved into the default Nearby sharing location. When Decline is selected, the file transfer will not happen.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to send file and folder using Nearby sharing in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment form below.

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