Sending small files to a nearby device should be quick and easy. Since HomeGroup is no longer available, the solution for hassle-free file transfer may be Share nearby. However, if nearby sharing isn't working properly and you've returned to email attachments or file transfers using flash drives, we're here to help.
Use these solutions to fix nearby sharing in Windows 1o and get back to quick file transfers between your PC and other devices.
Make sure nearby sharing is turned on
If you are unsure of how to use the share nearby, this simple mistake can escape your attention and disrupt the whole process. Enabling nearby sharing on the device you're sending the files from is not enough. File sharing should be activated on both devices.
To check if nearby sharing is turned on:
Choose the settings.
Choose system and scroll down to Shared experiences.
Check that the switch for Share nearby Is on.
Check the Windows 10 version
Microsoft added the "Share nearby" feature to Windows 10 in the Spring Creators Update from April 2018.
Update to the latest Windows 10 version to get the sharing feature close by. However, updating the operating system to the latest version can take a lot of time and bandwidth to be successful. So if you're in a hurry, another method like sharing files with OneDrive might be more efficient.
Check the bluetooth adapter
The nearby sharing feature works via bluetooth. The device sending the files and the device receiving the files must be Bluetooth compatible. This means that Bluetooth adapters with firmware version 4.0 or higher must be installed on both devices.
Note: If you share nearby is activated, bluetooth turns on automatically.
To check Bluetooth compatibility, do the following:
Look for "Device Manager" from the Start menu and select Device manager in the results.
Expand the drop-down menu for Bluetooth.
Right click on the bluetooth adapter and select characteristics.
Of the characteristics Menu, choose the Advanced tab
Look at the LMP value. A value of at least 6.x means that the Bluetooth adapters are running a firmware version of 4.0 or higher.
Another condition for sharing nearby is that your bluetooth adapters must support the bluetooth low energy specification.
Here's how you can check:
Of the characteristics Menu, choose the details Tab.
Use the drop-down menu to select Bluetooth Radio supports the central role of low energy.
Check the displayed value. When it appears your bluetooth adapters support the low power specification. If any of the devices do not meet these conditions, you will need to purchase an external bluetooth adapter with the required functions.
Check the settings for shared experiences
If Bluetooth compatibility isn't an issue for your devices but you can't find yourself to complete the file transfer, then you need to take a closer look at the nearby sharing settings.
Look for "shared experiences" from the Start menu and select Change the settings for the shared experience from the search results.
Under I can share or receive content withExpand the menu and select All close by.
Note: The All close by The option to recognize each other should be selected on both devices.
Set the network connection to Private
Press the Beginning Button.
Choose the settings.
Of the Network & Internet List, choose status.
click Change connection properties and select Private.
Check the device name
If more Windows 10 devices near you are using Nearby Share, you may have sent the file to the wrong device. The fact that Windows 10 uses a combination of numbers and letters to identify a device can often lead to confusion.
You can change the name of your device at any time to make it easier to identify. However, this can lead to problems with the availability of network resources.
Bring the devices closer
Sometimes everything appears to be set up correctly, but the file transfer is not complete. This can be caused by the limited range of Bluetooth. Nearby sharing works better when the devices are 20 to 30 feet away or even closer.
For faster transfer, keep the devices in the same room to prevent walls or other obstacles from interfering with the Bluetooth connection.
Open the Action Center
Even when the transfer is complete, you may not receive a notification on the receiving device. When a file is transferred via the nearby share, the device receiving the file will usually display a toast notification. That way, you can decide what the next action is. You can download the file and open it automatically, or you can just download it without further action.
If the Focus assistant When this option is enabled, Windows 10 will not display a notification for the received file. Just open it in this situation Action center and take a look at the sharing notifications nearby.
What if the file transfer takes too long?
Since Bluetooth is not the most efficient method of transferring files locally, the process can be slow or even fail when you are transferring large files. Here are some tips to speed up the process.
Disconnect other devices via bluetooth
When sharing and sending files nearby using Bluetooth, check to see if there is a significant amount of data being sent over Bluetooth. For example, if you are using a bluetooth speaker, the transmission will be slowed down.
Connect to Wi-Fi
If the file transfer is taking a long time or continues to fail, it may be better to connect the devices to a Wi-Fi network. If you are using Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth, connect the devices to the same network. Otherwise, the nearby share will continue to use Bluetooth to complete the transfer.
To find out which Wi-Fi network you are connected to, click the Wi-Fi icon in the lower right corner and look for the network that says "Connected, secured".
Fixed nearby clearance within minutes
The solutions compiled in this article will help you fix the nearby sharing feature on Windows 10. This simplifies file sharing with nearby devices and saves you time.
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