System Change Default Save Location for Nearby Sharing in Windows 11

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Nearby sharing in Windows lets you share documents, photos, links to websites, and more with nearby devices by using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Nearby sharing saves files you receive to your Downloads folder by default.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default folder location that Nearby Sharing will save files you receive into for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Change Default Save Location for Nearby Sharing in Settings
  • Option Two: Change Default Save Location for Nearby Sharing in Registry Editor


EXAMPLE: Nearby Sharing

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OPTION ONE

Change Default Save Location for Nearby Sharing in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Nearby sharing on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Nearby_sharing_Settings-1.png

3 Click/tap on the Change button for Save files I receive to. (see screenshot below)

You can see the current save location under Save files I receive to

If nearby sharing is turned off, the Change button will be disabled and grayed out.


Nearby_sharing_Settings-2.png

4 Navigate to and select the folder (ex: "Desktop") you want Nearby sharing to save to by default, and click/tap on Select Folder. (see screenshot below)

Nearby_sharing_Settings-3.png

5 You can now close Settings if you like.





OPTION TWO

Change Default Save Location for Nearby Sharing in Registry Editor


1 Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe).

2 Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CDP

Nearby_sharing_regedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of the CDP key, double click/tap on the NearShareFileSaveLocation string value (REG_SZ) to modify it. (see screenshot above)

If you do not have a NearShareFileSaveLocation string value, right click or press and hold on an empty area in the right pane of the CDP key, click/tap on New, click/tap on String Value, type NearShareFileSaveLocation for the name, and press Enter.


4 Type the full path of the folder (ex: "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop") you want Nearby sharing to save to by default, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

Nearby_sharing_regedit-2.png

5 You can now close Registry Editor if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Nice tutorial Shawn. How do you have share with app on yours? I don't have that.
 

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Nice tutorial Shawn. How do you have share with app on yours? I don't have that.
Hello Nick, :)

Interesting. I'm not sure why you don't have the "Share with app" section.
 

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Also you used to be able to share to Instagram. Did they disable that?
 

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Also you used to be able to share to Instagram. Did they disable that?
I don't use Instagram, but it doesn't show up in the "Share with app" section when installed.
 

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Yes, it used to. Shame.
 

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I do have Share with apps, its in windows share options

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    CPU
    Ryzen 9 3900x
    Motherboard
    Asus Strix x570-E
    Memory
    Corsair Dominator Platinum 32Gb@3600MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus Strix 3080 Ti OC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung Odyssey G7 32" Curved Gaming Monitor, IIYAMA XUB2792QSU-W1 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440@240Hz, 2560x1440@70Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro 1 Tb (OS), Samsung 970 Pro 1 Tb (games), Samsung 860 Evo 1Tb (data), Samsung 860 Evo 4 Tb (games), Crucial MX500 1Tb (photos), Synology DS920+ 32 Tb NAS.
    PSU
    Corsair RM850x
    Case
    Corsair Crystal 680x
    Cooling
    Corsair H100i Se Platinum, 8 Corsair QL120/140 fans
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB Mk 2 SE Rapid Fire
    Mouse
    Corsair M65 Elite
    Internet Speed
    58/12 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender + Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    Astro a50 Headset, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet.
    Creative T6300 5.1 Speakers. TPM 2.0 Module.
  • Operating System
    Arch Linux KDE
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    Ryzen 5600x
    Motherboard
    Asus Strix B550-E
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 32Gb@3200MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX2070 Super Gaming OC
    Sound Card
    Creative Soundblaster AE-5
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus Strix XG43VQ 43" Ultrawide
    Screen Resolution
    3840x1200 @ 120Mhz
    Hard Drives
    Aorus Gen 4 NVMe 1 Tb (Windows Insider), Samsung 850 Pro 512Gb (data), Samsung 850 Evo 1Tb (backups), Samsung 860 Evo 2Tb (Home folder), Blu-ray player
    PSU
    Corsair RM750i
    Case
    Fractal Define R6
    Cooling
    Scythe Mugen 5 rev B and Corsair QL fans
    Mouse
    Glorious Model D
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire
    Internet Speed
    58/12 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender + Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    Corsair Virtuoso Headset
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