How to Change Default Save Location for Nearby Sharing in Windows 11 or 10?

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Nearby Sharing” is a valuable feature on Windows 11 and 10 that lets users share documents, photos, website links, and more. In function, it is similar to Apple’s AirDrop. Using this function, one can send any size of a file to another PC with Bluetooth. Since to work this feature, Bluetooth is required, you need to enable Bluetooth on both devices. However, there is no need to pair both PCs with Bluetooth.

By default, ‘Nearby Sharing’ saves received files to the Downloads folder. However, you can change the default Save Location for Nearby Sharing in Windows 11 or 10 according to your requirements.

You can change the default save location for Nearby Sharing in Windows 11 or 10 using either the Settings app or Registry Editor. For Windows 11, we will show the steps using the Settings app that is similar to Windows10. But, the registry manual will be the same for Windows 11 and 10. You can use either method to achieve this task.

How to Modify Default Save Location for Nearby Sharing via Windows 11 Settings app?

To alter the default Save location for Nearby Sharing on Windows 11, use these steps:-

Step 1. First, open the Settings app.

To do that, you can use the Windows + I keyboard shortcut.

Step 2. Next, click the System category on the left pane of Settings.

Step 3. Then, click on the Nearby sharing tab on the right sidebar.

Step 4. After that, click on the Change button beside the “Save files I receive to” option.

Note:- If the Change button beside the “Save files I receive to” option is disabled or grayed out, you need to turn on Nearby Sharing.

Step 5. When you’re done, File Explorer will open. Here, choose your preferred folder and click the Select Folder button.

Once you finish the above steps, you should see a new location beside the “Save files I receive to” option.

How to Change Default Save Location for Nearby Sharing using Registry Editor?

Before tweaking the Registry, we recommend you take a full backup of the Registry and create a system restore point. You can restore your PC to a previous working state if something goes wrong.

To modify the default save location for Nearby Sharing by tweaking the Windows 11/10 Registry, use these steps:-

Step 1. Very first, open the Registry Editor.

Step 2. Then, browse to the following registry key on the left sidebar:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CDP

Step 3. Next, double-click the NearShareFileSaveLocation REG_SZ on the right sidebar.

Step 4. In the “Value data” field, type the new folder’s complete path that you want to use to receive the new files/folder from Nearby Sharing.

Step 5. Click the OK button.

Step 6. Restart your PC to apply the changes.

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