Microsoft has introduced a new feature for Windows 10 that’s going to make file sharing easier. Think of it as the Windows 10 counterpart of Apple’s AirDrop. It’s an ad-hoc feature on iOS and macOS devices that enables instant transfer of photos, videos, documents, and other files with other Apple devices nearby. Near Share does something similar on Windows 10.

Microsoft has started testing this feature in the latest Windows 10 Insider build. The feature works in a fashion similar to AirDrop, in that it allows users to share documents and multimedia content with other Windows 10 PCs nearby using Bluetooth.

Near Share can be used to wirelessly share files and URLs to nearby PCs. To use this feature, it must be ensured that Near Share is turned on for both devices.

Users will have to set the new quick action in the Action Center to ON. If it’s not visible, the option can be found by navigating to Settings > Notifications & Actions > “Add or remove quick actions.”

One just needs to click on the Share option in an app or File Explorer to see a list of available devices nearby. The intended device has to be selected and once the recipient accepts, the file will be shared wirelessly with the other device.

This feature is included in the latest Insider build of Windows 10 so it may be a while before it’s released for all Windows 10 users.

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