The Shared Experiences service in Windows 10 and 11

In Windows 10 and 11 you can access shared files wirelessly by using the native Shared Experiences service.

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In 2018, Microsoft introduced a new feature called Nearby Share. Similar to Airdrop on iOS and macOS, Nearby Share on Windows 10 and Windows 11 allows files to be transferred wirelessly between two computers on the same network.

It's a great and somewhat underrated feature that will allow you to bypass both third-party apps and slow USB drives.

Now integrated into the operating system, Nearby Share ensures the best compatibility with almost any Windows device.

Learn how to share files wirelessly between Windows 10 and 11 PCs using Shared Experiences.

It's important to note that Nearby Share doesn't work on every Windows PC. The feature requires the computer to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 and additionally Windows 10 version 1803 or later.

Although not necessary, make sure you have two computers on the same network. Otherwise, the Shared Experience will use Bluetooth at significantly lower transfer speeds.

Enable Nearby Sharing in Windows 10

  1. Turn on both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  2. Next, open Windows Settings > System > Shared experiences.
  3. Turn on “Sharing with neighboring devices”.
  4. Also, check your privacy settings. You can set Nearby Sharing to only receive and send files to devices with your Microsoft account, or from everyone nearby. If you want to receive a file from a friend's computer, set this parameter to “Those near me”.

Advice: You don't need to open Windows Settings every time. Windows allows you to turn Neighbor Sharing on and off from the control center. Press Win A, then tap Share Neighbors.

nearby share control center

Let's see how to transfer files between Windows 10 computers over Wi-Fi.

Shared experience over Wi-Fi

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Select a file (or multiple files) that you want to transfer over Wi-Fi. Right click on these files and select Common use (Share).

  1. Windows will automatically start scanning your network for Windows 10 or Windows 11 devices with Shared Experiences enabled. The system will display all available devices.
  2. Select a device.
  3. Now, confirm the download of a file or files on the destination computer.
  4. Wait for the systems to transfer the files.
  5. Once Windows has finished sending files, you can find them using a notification or in your default Downloads folder.

How to download a file over Wi-Fi

Make sure you've turned on Shared Experience and set up to receive files from everyone around you. Windows will show you a notification with the name of the file and the name of the sender. You can click on the option Save and Open to open the file immediately after downloading, or to Storage to save it to the default location or to Rejection for cancellation.

Change the default folder

Folder C:\Windows\Users\User\Downloads is the default location for any downloads and files received using Nearby Sharing.

You can change this location to any other folder. Here's how:

  1. Open Windows Settings using Win + I hotkey.
  2. Go to System > Shared Experiences.
  3. Find “Save files I get to” and click “Change”.
  4. Select a new folder and click “Choose Folder”.
  5. The change is complete.

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