Nearby Sharing and Sharing Files in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Nearby Sharing is a feature in Windows 10 that allows you to share items among your devices without needing a physical connection. All you have to do is go through the steps of creating a network. Creating a network makes it easier to share files with other PCs in your home. It’s the best way to share an Internet connection. Also, imagine you have more than one device you want hooked up to the same printer. You can make it accessible to all devices with Nearby Sharing.

But a network isn’t the only way to share files:

  • You can attach files to email and send them to people with the Mail app or any other email program.
  • You can share your OneDrive files and folders with anybody on the Internet.

Plus, you can share files between nearby computers with the new Nearby Sharing feature, introduced to Windows 10 in the spring of 2018. Nearby Sharing works with Bluetooth, which comes built-in to nearly every portable computer and device. (If your PC doesn’t have Bluetooth, you can add it by buying a Bluetooth adapter and plugging it into one of your PC’s USB ports.)

Nearby Sharing isn’t the fastest way to send a file, so don’t use it for sending large videos.