After Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Version 1803), it introduced a new feature - Nearby Sharing. Nearby Sharing in Windows 10 lets you share documents, photos, website links, and more with nearby devices using Bluetooth or WiFi. It works a lot like Apple's AirDrop. This feature has also been called "Near Share." Nearby Sharing only works between two Windows 10 PCs with enabled features. If your Nearby Sharing does not work and you can't transfer files between PCs, you can read and find multiple solid ways in this passage, which EaseUS will give you operable and efficient solutions.

How to Fix Windows 10 Nearby Sharing Not Working

In this section, you will learn how to fix the feature when it's not working, sending files to nearby devices on Windows 10. Before going through the four ways in detail, we can check their basic information in the table below:

⏰Duration 3-8 Minutes
🥎Goal Fix "Nearby Sharing Not Working"
👩‍💻Suitable User Windows users
⛏️Required Tool

✔️File Transfer Tool - EaseUS Todo PCTrans

✔️Two Computers

  1. 1. Transfer Files Using EaseUS Todo PCTrans in Windows 10/8/7
  2. 2. Make Sure Windows 10 Is Version 1803 or Later
  3. 3. Check Bluetooth Compatibility
  4. 4. Keep Two Computer/Laptops Closer

Solution 1. Transfer Files from PC to PC Using EaseUS Todo PCTrans in Windows 10/8/7

If you are in a hurry to transfer files from PC to PC and only want to find an alternative that works as well as Nearby Sharing, you can trust EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free. This easy and free PC transfer software helps to transfer your data, applications, and account settings from one PC to another in one click. With the help of its "PC to PC" feature, you can easily share files between two laptops or two PCs. This tool can migrate files even if your device uses Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7/8/10. 

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Steps of how to share files from PC to PC in Windows 10 using EaseUS Todo PCTrans:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both of your computers. Choose "PC to PC" to go to the next step.

Step 2. Make sure you have chosen the right transfer direction.

"New" - Move data from old computer to current new computer.

"Old" - Move data from current old n computer to remote new computer.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 1

Step 3. Connect two PCs via the network by entering the password or verification code of the target PC. Besides, make sure you have chosen the right transfer direction and click "Connect" to continue.

The verification code is on the right top of the "PC to PC" main screen on the target computer.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 2

Step 4. Then, choose "Files" to select files to transfer. Select the specific files as you want. What's more, you can click the Edit icon to customize the storage path for transferred data.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 1

Step 5. Now, click "Transfer" to begin to transfer files from PC to PC. The size of the file determines the transfer time. Wait patiently.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 5

Beyond transferring files between PCs, EaseUS Todo PCTrans also has other powerful features as follows:

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Solution 2. Make Sure Windows 10 Is Version 1803 or Later

As mentioned, nearby features worked on the Windows 10 April 2018 update. Microsoft provides a reliable way to ensure both your PCs use Windows 10 version 1803 or later. 

Step 1. Go to "Start > Settings > System > About."

Scroll down to the Windows Specifications section. You will see the Windows 10 version listed next to Version, which should read "1803" or later. Do the same thing on the PC you're sharing.

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Step 2. Update Windows 10.

If the device doesn't have version 1803 or higher installed, you must update it to get Nearby Sharing. To do that, type "Updates" in the Start menu and select "Check for updates."

Windows will automatically download and install updates, except on metered connections. If you encounter Windows 10 update troubles, we can also troubleshoot your Windows 10 update issues.

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If you are already on the latest version of Windows 11, you can click on the link below to see how to fix Nearby Sharing not working on Windows 11:

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Solution 3. Check Bluetooth Compatibility

After you ensure that your Windows 10 is version 1803 or later, try Nearby Sharing again. If it fails, check if your PC has Bluetooth with Low Energy (LE) support and the adapters.

You can check if your Bluetooth adapter includes support for Low Energy (LE) using these steps:

Step 1. At the Start, Search for "Device Manager" and open it.

Step 2. Select "Bluetooth." Right-click the name of the Bluetooth radio and select "Properties."

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Step 3. Click "Details." Select "Bluetooth radio supports Low Energy Central Role."

  • If the property's value is "true," then your device includes Low Energy support, and it's a 4.0 or later adapter.
  • If the property's value is "false," your Bluetooth adapter doesn't support low-energy mode. You could consider purchasing an external one.

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Solution 4. Keep Two Computer/Laptops Closer

You can get together if your "Nearby Sharing" still fails to work. Bluetooth has a moderate range when it comes to connectivity. The main working range of Bluetooth technology is around 10 meters. Both devices need to be pretty close to making Nearby Sharing work properly. 

  • Bring the devices closer and check if it helps. Also, it would be best if you turned on Network sharing for all the devices. 

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What Could Cause Nearby Sharing Not Working Error

The ability to share files between PCs without a USB stick is more than welcome. However, some people have reported that they have been facing issues while using the option. They want to share a file with another device, but Nearby Sharing isn't working. According to their feedback, the following things are the leading cause:

  • Windows 10 is not version 1803 or later.
  • Bluetooth mode may not support the low energy mode, or the Bluetooth adapters are unsuitable.
  • Two PCs are getting far away from each other.
  • Other unknown reasons.

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Bonus Tip: How to Transfer Windows 10 Files Using Nearby Sharing

Nearby Sharing makes wireless file sharing easy and fast. You can use it to share photos in the Photos app, share web page links in Microsoft Edge, or even share files wirelessly in File Explorer. To use Nearby sharing, both PCs must have Bluetooth and be running Windows 10 (version 1803 or later). Here's an example of file sharing by Nearby Sharing:

Step 1. Go to "Settings > System > Shared experiences > Nearby sharing." Please turn it on. Do the same thing on the PC you're sharing to.

Step 2. Under "Nearby sharing," select "Everyone nearby." Your PC will be able to share and receive content from all nearby devices, including those you don't own. Do the same thing on the PC you're sharing.

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Step 3. 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, select the "Share" tab, select "Share," and then select the name of the device you want to share with. Select "Save & open" or "Save" when the notification appears on the device you're sharing with.

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The nearby sharing is accompanied by many problems while providing convenience. It can easily transfer data but has strict restrictions on the Windows version. You may often encounter problems during the process. The above methods can help you solve these problems effectively. You can try them one by one. At the same time, you should learn other effective ways to transfer files from PC to PC. EaseUS Todo PCTrans is an easy-to-use tool that can help you share data, applications, and user accounts between PCs quickly. You can try it if Nearby Sharing doesn't work well. Looking for more information about how to transfer files?

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FAQ of How to Fix Windows 10 Nearby Sharing Not Working

In this part, we have prepared some related questions about Windows 10 Nearby Sharing not working. If you are curious about more information about Windows 10 Nearby Sharing not working, check these questions and their answers.

1. Does Nearby Sharing have a limitation?

With Nearby Sharing, users can share files, links, files, and photographs with other devices. However, it only allows users to share a file or multiple files with one contact simultaneously. For example, you can transfer files from your PC to another PC at one time.

2. How to enable Nearby Sharing in Chrome?

To enable Nearby Sharing in Chrome, you can refer to the detailed tutorial below:

  • Open the "Windows Settings" > "Apps," scroll down and click "Google Chrome."
  • Locate "Devices & Sharing" and click "Nearby Share" to turn it on. 
  • Select "Device Visibility" to change who your device is visible to.

3. Can Nearby Sharing work without WiFi?

Google's Nearby Sharing will intelligently select the ideal protocol for quick and simple file sharing over Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, WebRTC, or peer-to-peer WiFi. Thus, you can use Nearby Sharing to transfer files between two PCs, even if you are offline.

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