Microsoft brings improved “Nearby Sharing” to Windows 11

Microsoft is improving the Nearby Sharing feature in Windows 11, making it a more reliable and convenient way to share files between devices.

Windows 11 Nearby Sharing

Nearby Sharing gets a redesigned share window, improved file transfer speeds, and more

Microsoft announced that it is working on several improvements to Nearby Sharing. The improvements include faster file transfers, improved discoverability, more devices supported, and more.

Microsoft is using Wi-Fi Direct technology to improve file transfer speeds, so these improvements are expected to make Nearby Sharing a more reliable and convenient way to share files between devices.


Faster file transfers

Nearby Sharing will now use Wi-Fi Direct to transfer files, which is a more direct and efficient way to transfer data between devices. This should result in significantly faster file transfers, especially for large files.

Improved discoverability

Nearby Sharing devices will now be more easily discoverable, even if they are not on the same Wi-Fi network. This is due to a new feature that allows devices to scan for each other even if they are not connected to the same network.

More devices supported

Nearby Sharing will now be supported on more devices, including Windows 10 devices. This will make it easier for people to share files between devices, regardless of the operating system they are using.

New sharing options

Nearby Sharing will now offer new sharing options, such as the ability to share files with multiple people at once. This will make it easier to share files with groups of people.

New search box

The new search box in the Nearby Sharing window allows users to search for specific contacts to share files with. This is a welcome addition to the feature, as it can make it easier to find the people users want to share files with.

More suggestion contacts

In addition to the new search box, the Nearby Sharing window will now display more suggestion contacts. These are contacts that you have recently shared files with or who are nearby. This can make it easier to find people to share files with without having to search for them manually.


These improvements are currently only available to Windows Insiders who are running the latest Windows 11 build 23506 through the Dev Channel. It is not yet clear when these improvements will be released to the general public.

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