How to Share Files with Windows 10 Nearby Sharing

By Andy Rathbone

Windows 10 has a new feature called Nearby Sharing that makes sharing items among devices much easier. Once you and your friend have turned on Nearby Sharing, a new Share button appears in the Microsoft Edge browser, File Explorer, Photos, and other any apps that support the new feature.

To share a file or folder, follow these steps:

  1. Find the file you want to share.

    File Explorer offers the easiest way to share things with Nearby Share, but a few other apps also support the new feature.

  2. Select the item or items you want to share, then click the app’s Share button.

    Click the Share menu option in File Explorer, for example, and then click the Share button that appears on the ribbon menu.

    share button Windows 10

  3. When the Share window appears, choose how you wish to share the file.

    The Share window in File Explorer offers three ways to share your items:

    Share window Windows 10
    Click the name of the computer which should receive the file.
    • Email: Frequently contacted people appear as a row atop the window. Click a person’s name and choose their preferred email address to email them the files. This works best for fairly small files, not videos or a large number of photos.
    • Computers: This unlabeled area lists any nearby computers with Nearby Sharing turned on. Click a computer’s name to start sending copies of the files to that computer.
    • Apps: Choose an app listed from this group to send the file to that app on your own PC.
  4. Have the other person approve the transfer.

    When you choose a computer’s name in the previous step, a message pops up on the receiving computer. That lets the owner accept the transfer and, just as important, decline unwanted or unexpected file transfers.

    Once the recipient approves the transfer by clicking the Save button, the incoming files appear in their Downloads folder.