Network and Internet Share Files with Nearby Devices 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.

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

Starting with Windows 11 build 22622.436 and build 25163, 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. You will now be able to discover and share to more devices including desktop PCs.

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This tutorial will show you how to share files with nearby devices using Nearby Sharing in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Share File(s) with Nearby Devices from File Explorer Command Bar
  • Option Two: Share File(s) with Nearby Devices from Context Menu
  • Option Three: Share File with Nearby Devices from Photos app




Option One

Share File(s) with Nearby Devices from File Explorer Command Bar


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Select one or more files you want to share with a nearby device. (see screenshot below step 3)

3 Click/tap on the Share button on the command bar. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on the device (ex: "Shawn's Laptop") you want to share with in the Windows share window. (see screenshot below)


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5 You will now see a "Sharing to..." notification on the device you are sharing from. (see screenshot below)

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6 On the device you are sharing with, they will need to click/tap on Save & open or Save when the notification appears to accept. (see screenshot below)

The shared file(s) will be saved to the default save location for Nearby Sharing.

If they click/tap on Decline, the share will be cancelled.

If they click/tap on Share, they can then click/tap on Open or Open folder.


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7 You will now see a "Successfully sent" notification on the device you are sharing from. (see screenshot below)

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Option Two

Share File(s) with Nearby Devices from Context Menu


1 Select one or more files you want to share with a nearby device.

2 Perform one of the following actions: (see screenshots below)
  • Right click on the selected file(s), and click/tap on the Share button on the context menu toolbar.
  • Right click on the selected file(s), click/tap on Show more options (Shift+F10), and click/tap on Share.
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3 Click/tap on the device (ex: "Shawn's Laptop") you want to share with in the Windows share window. (see screenshot below)


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4 You will now see a "Sharing to..." notification on the device you are sharing from. (see screenshot below)

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5 On the device you are sharing with, they will need to click/tap on Save & open or Save when the notification appears to accept. (see screenshot below)

The shared file(s) will be saved to the default save location for Nearby Sharing.

If they click/tap on Decline, the share will be cancelled.

If they click/tap on Share, they can then click/tap on Open or Open folder.


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6 You will now see a "Successfully sent" notification on the device you are sharing from. (see screenshot below)

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Option Three

Share File with Nearby Devices from Photos app


This is the same for the Photos, Snipping Tool, Xbox, and other apps that support using the built-in Windows share window.


1 Open the Photos app.

2 Open or select the image file you want to share with a nearby device in the Photos app.

3 Perform one of the following actions: (see screenshots below)
  • Click/tap on the See more (3 dots) button, and click/tap on Share (Alt+Up arrow).
  • Right click on the image, and click/tap on Share.
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4 Click/tap on the device (ex: "Shawn's Laptop") you want to share with in the Windows share window. (see screenshot below)


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5 You will now see a "Sharing to..." notification on the device you are sharing from. (see screenshot below)

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6 On the device you are sharing with, they will need to click/tap on Save & open or Save when the notification appears to accept. (see screenshot below)

The shared file will be saved to the default save location for Nearby Sharing.

If they click/tap on Decline, the share will be cancelled.

If they click/tap on Share, they can then click/tap on Open or Open folder.


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7 You will now see a "Successfully sent" notification on the device you are sharing from. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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