Nearby Sharing not working in Windows 10

Windows 10 has several useful features, one of which is Nearby Sharing. If you find that Nearby Sharing is not working on your Windows 10 computer then here are a few things you could try to fix the issue.

To use Nearby Sharing, you have to go Start > Settings > System > Shared experiences.

Nearby sharing

Switch ON the Nearby sharing option and select the folder to download the files to.

Nearby sharing not working in Windows 10

However, users have reported that they have been facing issues while using the option. For them, the Nearby sharing option doesn’t work. If you are facing such an issue, the following solutions could be helpful:

  1. Check whether or not the Windows 10 v1803 Update is installed on the system
  2. Check if the Bluetooth supports low energy mode
  3. Bring the devices closer
  4. Check if the adapter has Bluetooth version 4.0 or later.

1] Check whether or not the Windows 10 v1803 Update is installed on the system

Go to Start > Settings > System > About.

Scroll down to Windows specifications and check the Version. If it is 1803 or above, Nearby sharing should be present.

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If not, update Windows 10 to the latest version.

2] Check if the Bluetooth supports low energy mode

While this isn’t a necessary condition for using Nearby sharing, Bluetooth terminals which support low-energy mode make a lot of difference.

Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command devmgmt.msc. Press Enter to open the Device Manager.

Expand the list of Bluetooth adapters, and right-click on your adapter. Select Properties.Nearby sharing not working in Windows 10

In the Details tab, select Bluetooth radio supports Low Energy Central Role.Low energy central role

If the value says <true>, your Bluetooth supports low energy mode, if it says <false>, it doesn’t.

If your Bluetooth adapter doesn’t support low-energy mode, you could consider purchasing an external one.

3] Bring the devices closer

Another reason Nearby sharing might not work is that the devices aren’t near enough. Bring the devices closer and check if it helps. Also, Network sharing should be switched ON for all the devices in question.

4] The adapter should be Bluetooth version 4.0 or later

One of the requirements for connecting systems using Nearby sharing is that the adapters for all devices in question should be of version 4.0 or later. If not, you can buy an external Bluetooth adapter with the required features.

Hope something helps!

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