Share Files with Windows 10’s New “Near Share” Feature

Now, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update rolled out with some new privacy improvements, Security and also some hidden gems, but its latest feature makes easy to share files between two PC’s a snap. The new feature Near Share allows the user to shuttle links and files between PCs without needing to difficulty with the email or by using a cloud service like Dropbox and OneDrive. Thus, it is the Microsoft’s PC-centric version of Airdrop, and an Apple method’s of sharing things between Macs, iPhones, and iPads

Here, we provide you the complete procedure of how to use the Near Sharing feature of Windows 10.

What is Needed for Windows 10 New Feature Near Share?

For using the Near Share feature, both PC’s which is involved in the transaction needs to be running on Windows 10, on April 2018 update and both Bluetooth and Near Share feature enabled. To check the Version of Windows 10 follows the given steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Select System option
  3. Now, choose About option
  4. Check it once, if 1803 version is listed under the Windows Specifications.

Now here we provide steps of enabling Near Share or Bluetooth on your Windows 10:

  1. Click on the Notification icon
  2. Open Action Center
  3. Click on Turn On tab, on Bluetooth and Near Share
  4. Click on Expand tab, to see both the buttons

Now the Bluetooth and Near Share are successfully Turn On in your Windows 10.

Sending with New Near Share Feature

Anyone can easily access the Near Share feature of Windows 10 directly from the Share menu of the Microsoft application such as Photos, Windows Explorer, and Edge. However, from the Edge and Photos, click on the Share button and now you will see a section which will appear in the middle of the share window which says that searching for Near Share devices. When the user finds another PC with the Near share, then click on the near share PC listed and then you will get a notification which indicates that your PC is now waiting for another PC to accept the request. Then it will show the status of sending the file, only if accepted, or a notice of the request timed out.

From the File Explorer option, Right-click on the file and select Share to access of Near Share feature. Also, you can right-click on the image in the Edge and choose the share picture option too.

Receiving with the New Near Share Feature

On the receiving finish, then you will get a notification which signifies that the PC wants to share a link or file with you. And mistakenly, if you missed the notification, then you need to find it in the Activity Center of Windows 10. Also, it will remain there for a minute before it disappears and expires.

Now the notification will show the URL or file name, so you get an idea what actually someone is sharing with you, for receiving the files you can Save or Open, Save or Decline. And for the URL’s you can easily open or decline it. All the received files are directly shared on the Download folders or the folders which is designated for the file downloads.

Select your Sharing Patience
  1. Open the Settings
  2. Go to System option
  3. Choose the Shared Experience, to set your sharing patience level
  4. Either choose the Everyone nearby or my device only option.
What is in a Name?

Whenever if you find yourself or anyone else by using the Near Share feature with any frequency, then it might be a great idea to rename your PC since Near Share recognizes the sharer by the name of the PC’s and not by the account of the user. The Vendors often hit vague names on PCs, and it is very easy to rename it with something much more also meaningful or useful. For this, go to Settings, choose the System, select the About option and click on the Rename the PC button option.

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