What Is Nearby Sharing in Windows 10?

Share files, photos, and URLs with nearby Windows 10 PCs

The Nearby Sharing feature for Windows 10 allows you to wirelessly share files like documents, pictures, and URLs with nearby PCs via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Nearby Sharing works with all apps that have a sharing option including Microsoft Edge, File Explorer, and the Photos app, so you no longer have to rely on third-party file-sharing platforms like DropBox.

Information in this article applies exclusively to computers and tablets running Windows 10.

How to Enable Windows Nearby Sharing

Nearby Sharing is included only with the latest builds of Windows 10. If you don’t see the option on your PC, you must install Windows updates. To enable Nearby Sharing, select the Windows Action Center (the speech bubble icon) on the Windows taskbar, and then click Nearby Sharing.

If you do not see the Nearby Sharing option, select Expand to see more options.

The Nearby Sharing command in Windows 10

How to Share From Microsoft Edge

To share with others using Nearby Sharing in Microsoft Edge, they must have a compatible Windows 10 PC and Nearby Sharing enabled. They also must be physically close to you and accessible via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. To share a URL in Microsoft Edge with Nearby Share:

  1. Open the website and select the Share button in the top-right corner of the Microsoft Edge menu bar. It looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it.

    The Share button in Edge
  2. Wait while Edge looks for nearby devices, then select a device from the list to share with. The user will receive a notification in their Windows Action Center, which they can click to access the shared content.

    If no nearby devices are detected, make sure both devices have Nearby Sharing enabled.

    Wait while Edge looks for nearby devices, then select a device from the list to share with.

How to Share in File Explorer

To share with others using Nearby Sharing via File Explorer, they must have a compatible PC and Nearby Sharing enabled. They also need to be nearby and accessible via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

To share a file, Select Share (the icon with the green arrow) on the Share tab of File Explorer. Wait while the available device list populates, and then select the target device. The user will receive a notification, which they can click on to access the shared file.

The Share button in File Explorer

How to Share in the Windows Photos App

To share with others using Nearby Sharing via the Photos app, they must have a compatible PC and Nearby Sharing enabled. They also need to be nearby and accessible via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Open the photo to share in the Photos app and select Share. Wait while the app looks for nearby devices, then select a device from the list to share with. The user will receive a notification they can click on to see the photo.

The Share button in Photos for Windows 10