Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Solved: Nearby Sharing Feature Not Working In Windows 10 version 1803

With Windows 10 April 2018 Update, Microsoft removed HomeGroup feature and introduced a new feature called Nearby Sharing. As per Microsoft “Nearby Sharing feature, allow users to transfer files over Wi-Fi (does not use your internet bandwidth) or Bluetooth (when devices are not connected to the same Wi-Fi network). That means you can quickly share files between two Windows 10 devices without connecting them with an Ethernet cable. Overall We have a good experience with this feature but few users reports:

New “nearby sharing” feature does not work 

Bluetooth it Turned on and working properly, But cannot get this new ” nearby sharing” feature to work at all. And Some users report The Device is discovered but They cant share files & folders to it, again some others report The files are send slowly while transfer using nearby sharing feature, Windows didnt displaying nearby sharing notifications etc

If you are also facing any of these problems While using windows 10 nearby sharing feature or Can not connect nearby devices here some solutions you may try to fix the issue.

Make sure you are using windows 10 version 1803 or later

As we discussed before nearby feature introduced on windows 10 April 2018 update so check and make sure your both ( the PC you’re sharing from and the one you’re sharing to ) devices are using windows 10 version 1803 or later versions. To check Windows version press windows + R type winver.exe and ok you will find your installed windows 10 version and build number.

First of all, make sure you have turned on nearby Feature from  Settings > System > Shared Experiences on both ( the PC you’re sharing from and the one you’re sharing to ) devices.

Check share or receive content is set to Everyone nearby

Make sure that both devices are set up for nearby sharing. On each device, select the Start button> Settings  > System  > Shared experiences, and make sure that I can share or receive content from is set to Everyone nearby.

share or receive content from is set to Everyone nearby
share or receive content from is set to Everyone nearby

Check PC has Bluetooth version 4.0 and supports Low Energy

According to Microsoft, Nearby Sharing feature requires Bluetooth 4.0 (or later) with Low Energy (LE) support. To check your Bluetooth version open Device manager -> expend BluetoothRight-click on your Bluetooth adapter’s entry and then click Properties. Now move to the Advanced tab, Here, you should see the LMP version As the image below.

check Bluetooth version
check Bluetooth version

The LMP versions correspond to Bluetooth versions as follows:

LMP 3.x – Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR

LMP 4.x – Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

LMP 5.x – Bluetooth 3.0 + HS

LMP 6.x – Bluetooth 4.0

LMP 7.x – Bluetooth 4.1

LMP 8.x – Bluetooth 4.2

LMP 9.x – Bluetooth 5.0

To find out if Bluetooth LE is supported, on each PC, type device manager in the search box, expand Bluetooth, and then select the name of your Bluetooth radio adapter. Right-click it, select Properties, select Details, and then select Bluetooth radio supports Low Energy Central Role under Property. Make sure the value is listed as True.

Bluetooth radio supports Low Energy Central Role
Bluetooth radio supports Low Energy Central Role

The device is discovered, but I can’t share to it

If you found the situation where The nearby device is discovered, but I can’t share files, documents to it. that cause Move the devices closer together and try sharing again. because If the devices are too far apart, nearby sharing won’t work.

Nearby Sharing slow data transfer 

Again if you Devices are not on the same WiFi network and nearby sharing using Bluetooth to send and receive files this will cause Slow Transfer rate because as we know Bluetooth is generally slower than Wi-Fi. So we recommend Connect both Devices on same WiFi network while using nearby sharing feature.
Also Microsoft Recommend while using nearby sharing feature make sure The network connection profile is set to Private on both devices. To check the network connection profile, select the Start button> Settings  > Network & Internet  > Status, then select Change connection properties and look at the setting under Network profile.

change network connection profile windows 10
change network connection profile windows 10

Windows didn’t display nearby sharing notifications

Again if you Didn’t see any nearby sharing notifications while sending or receiving files. First of all Try to resend the File again and check it works if it doesn’t  ” on the device you’re sharing to, select action center on the right side of taskbar and check for the notifications there. As some cases, notifications appear in action center, but not on your screen. For example, this can happen if focus assist is turned on.

Did these solutions helped to resolve “Nearby Sharing feature Not Working In Windows 10 version 1803? Let us know which option worked for you Also Read Can’t connect to this network error on Windows 10 version 1803

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