How to change Nearby sharing default transfers location on Windows 10

You can specify exactly where transfers will arrive using Nearby sharing on Windows 10, and in this guide, we show you how.

Change Near Share receive folder location

Nearby sharing is a feature on Windows 10 that allows you to quickly transfer any file or link wirelessly to nearby devices over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity in the local network.

This is a very convenient feature when you need to send a report that you’re presenting to your boss, or share a picture with the person sitting next to you without the need to use email attachments or configuring file sharing on Windows 10.

If you enable this feature, every file you receive from other devices will automatically be stored in the Downloads folder. However, if you prefer to change this location to another folder or driver, you can use the Settings app to select another path to store received files.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to select another location to receive files using Nearby sharing on Windows 10 (version 1803).

How to change Nearby sharing transfers folder location

In order to use a different location to save files transfers using Nearby sharing, you need to use this steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Shared experiences.

  4. Under “Nearby sharing,” click the Change button and select an alternate location to receive files.

    Near Share settings on Windows 10, version 1709
    Nearby sharing settings on Windows 10, version 1709

Once you’ve completed the steps, every time someone sends you a file or link using Nearby sharing, it’ll be stored in the new location.

If you don’t see this option in the Settings app, it’s because you’re not running Windows 10 version 1803 (Redstone 4) which will become available in 2018.