How to Enable Nearby Sharing in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable Nearby sharing when using Windows 11. When you turn on Nearby sharing in Windows 11, you will be able to share documents, photos, and other content with devices using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

This feature is disabled by default in Window 11. Nearby sharing feature is a handy tool, especially if you want to quickly share content with someone or some device nearby via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection.

You can also use Nearby sharing to share to other PCs. However, both PCs—the one you’re sharing from and the one your sharing to—must have Bluetooth enabled. With this, no need for a USB thumb drive or external drive to share between PCs.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features with new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows look and feel modern.

If you’re exited about Windows 11, keep reading out posts on it.

To get started with Nearby sharing in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to turn on Nearby sharing in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Nearby sharing can quickly help you share content over Bluetooth Wi-Fi to other devices nearby. To enable, follow the steps below.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, select Nearby sharing on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Nearby sharing settings pane, select the options to either share to your devices or to everyone nearby.

The settings should be apply immediately. You can now exit the settings pane.

How to share documents and pictures via Nearby sharing in Windows 11

Now that Nearby sharing is enabled, you can begin sharing documents and pictures to devices nearby.

On the PC that has the document you want to share, open File Explorer , and find the document you want to share. In File Explorer, right-click on the document and select Show more options.

On the next context menu, select Share, and then select the name of the device you want to share with.

Make sure the other device you’re sharing with has Nearby sharing enabled as well. Then select it from the list of devices you want to share to.

On the receiving device, or the device you’re sharing with, select Save & open or Save when the notification appears.

To share pictures, do follow the same steps above.

How to disable Nearby sharing in Windows 11

If you’re done sharing with devices, and you want to turn off or disable Nearby sharing, reverse the steps above. Go to the Start men ==> Settings ==> System ==> Nearby sharing and select the options to turn Off.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to enable or disable Nearby sharing in Windows 11. You also learned how share documents when Nearby sharing is enabled.

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