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Windows 10 April 2018 Update brought new security and privacy enhancements and some hidden gems but one of its best new features makes sharing Files between two PCs a breeze. This new feature ̵
1; Nearby Sharing – allows you to buffer files and links between PCs without having to worry about emails or a cloud service like OneDrive or Dropbox as a middleman. It's Microsoft's PC-centric version of AirDrop, Apple's way to share things between Macs, iPhones ($ 1,000 at Cricket Wireless) and iPads ($ 329 at Walmart) . Let's take a look at how to use the share near you.
What's Nearby Sharing Required
To use the near release, both PCs involved in the transaction must have Windows 10 ($ 100 at Amazon.com) April 2018 Update (version 1803) and have enabled Bluetooth and the sharing feature nearby. (To check which version of Windows 10 you have, go to Settings> System> About and see if version 1803 is listed under Windows Specifications .)
Enable Bluetooth and Nearby To share, click the notification icon in the lower right corner to open the Maintenance Center and click the buttons to enable Bluetooth and Nearby Share , You may have to click . Expand to display both buttons.
Sending Nearby Sharing
You can access the nearby Sharing menu in the Sharing menu of Microsoft apps such as Photos, Edge, and Windows Explorer. In Photos and Edge, click the Share button (the one with the arrow), and you'll see a section in the middle of the sharing window that displays Find Nearby Devices . If it finds another shared PC, this PC will be displayed here. Click on the nearby PC and you will receive a notification that your PC is waiting to be accepted by the other PC. It then displays the status of sending the file, if accepted, or notification that the request has expired. (I received the timed message about whether I rejected a release offer or just ignored it and allowed it to time out.)
In File Explorer, you can right-click a file and share Select access to the nearby share. You can also right-click an image in Edge and select Image Sharing .
Receiving Approval Nearby
At the receiving end, you receive a notification stating that a PC wants to share a file or link with you. If you miss the notification, you can find it in the Activity Center. It stays there for a minute before it expires and disappears.
The notification displays the file name or URL, giving you an idea of what someone wants to share with you. For files, you can Save & Open Save or Reject . For URLs, you can open Open or Reject . The file will be saved in your download folder or in the folder you specified to download files.
Select your release tolerance
Go to Settings> System> Shared Experiences to set your release tolerance, either All Near or Only my devices .
What's in a Name?
If you're using Nearby sharing at any frequency, it may be a good idea to rename your PC, because Nearby Sharing identifies the sharer by the name of the PC rather than the user's account. Sellers often make vague names on PCs, and it's easy to call them something more meaningful or useful. Just go to S ettings> System> About and click the Rename this PC button.